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Schomburg Research Guide: Katherine Dunham

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Black dance pioneer, Katherine Dunham. Read More ›

Gods Who Dance: Viewing the Bhutan Dance Project

Walking by the dedicated computer station in the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, I am reminded daily of the Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture, that I co-cataloged and created in 2013. Read More ›

African Dance Interview Project Year Two Videos Now Available

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is pleased to belatedly announce that the final seven interviews documented with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation grant to record African dancers and choreographers working and teaching in New York are now onlineRead More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Jean-Léon Destiné to Lavinia Williams

Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora.Read More ›

Macabre Imagery: Visual Representations of the Dance of Death

A new case exhibit on the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts presents a small historical survey of the characteristic imagery and common features of visual representations of the dance of death.Read More ›

The 50th Anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering and Experiments in Art and Technology, Incorporated (E.A.T.)

In celebration of its anniversary, a current case exhibit on the third floor of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts highlights materials related to 9 Evenings.Read More ›

Ep. 42 "A Deeper Story" | Library Stories

Behind every great book lies a deeper story. This week, NYPL Board Member Gordon Davis tells the story of his parents, Allison Davis and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis, and how they came to research and write "Deep South," a seminal anthropological study of racism in the American south in the 1930's.Read More ›

#CamerasAndDancers Visits the Library for the Performing Arts

With the social media initiative #CamerasAndDancers, Jacob Jonas seeks to encourage collaboration and exploration through the mediums of dance and photography, to help shine a new light on the world of dance.Read More ›

Ep. 41 "This Is Definitely My Good Luck Charm" | Library Stories

Salesman Paul Couvertier figured he might need a half hour to prepare a resume when he stopped in one day at Aguilar Library. However, by the time he was finished, he had spent two hours getting all the forms together for his application. Read More ›

Ep. 40 "I Am Her Most Important Teacher" | Library Stories

When Alina Baez became a mother, she signed up for the Family Literacy Workshop at the Bronx Library Center and started discovering tips for building a strong platform for language and learning.Read More ›

Ep. 39 "Working Together for the Common Good" | Library Stories

As he prepares for the release of his documentary on The Green Books, Calvin hopes to share with current and future generations the impact that a small group of people can have when they come together to create a resource for the common good.Read More ›

Ep. 38 "It's Not Just For Kids" | Library Stories

For hip hop dancer Maria Fraguas Jover, researching at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a transformative experience.Read More ›

Black Dance at the Schomburg: A Visual History

The language of dance as told by black people through photographs in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Boris Anisfeld Costume Designs

The Dance Division has over forty-five original costume designs by artist and designer Boris Anisfeld. We are thrilled to now include them in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Black Dance at the Schomburg: The Black Iris Project

On July 14 The Black Iris Project will perform Madiba—a dance piece based on the life and legacy of humanitarian and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela. The performance is set to an original score by black classical composer Carman Moore.Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

Searching for Irina Baronova in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Irina Baronova—Tennant's mother—and what it means to have your collection be acquired by the Library.Read More ›

Everybody’s Guide to Gus Solomons jr’s Dances for Alternative Spaces

The intersection of dance and architecture and his own site-specific work.Read More ›

Treasure Hunting at the Library for Performing Arts

Representations of Asian dance forms in the visual arts as researched from reading Gods Who Dance, written by American dancer Ted Shawn (1891-1972).Read More ›
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