Interview with Katherine Dunham, African-American choreographer and founder of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company on October 26, 1974 in East St. Louis, Illinois. Dunham is interviewed by Gloria Van Scott at Southern Illinois University. From 1939 to 1957, Dunham's dance group toured over 57 countries. Van Scott was at one time one of the dancers in Dunham's company. They discuss the influence of Dunham's work on dance and Dunham's own life and influences. Dunham describes her interest and study in anthropology and her "primitive" dance. Short mention of Dunham's film history and the years she spent touring the world with the company.
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