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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Pearl Primus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pearl Primus (29 November 1919, Port of Spain, Trinidad - 29 October 1994) dancer, choreographer and anthropologist.
Primus was born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, where she attended Hunter College.
Primus made her professional debut in New York in 1943, performing her own "African Ceremonial." She then began performing at the Cafe Society Downtown, an integrated nightclub, and in 1944 she gave her first solo recital, performing to poetry and the music of folksinger Josh White.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Pearl-Primus   (635 words)

 Pearl Primus - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Pearl Primus (29 November 1919, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - 29 October 1994) dancer, choreographer and anthropologist.
Pearl Primus emigrated to the United States on board the S.S. Voltaire and arrived at Ellis Island on 24 June 1924.
Pearl Primus studied at the New Dance Group's school in New York City.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Pearl_Primus   (193 words)

 Vance's Fantastic Classic Black Dance Theatre - DANCE STUDIO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Primus was born in Trinidad and moved with her family to the United States as a young child.
Primus planned to become a doctor, but she became involved with a dance group and, after rapid progress, won a scholarship with the New Dance Group.
Primus subsequently returned to Africa several times to research and perform her work, and she spent two years as director of Liberia's Performing Arts Center.
www.theatredance.com /d_primus.html   (291 words)

 Great Performances: Free To Dance - Biographies - Pearl Primus
Primus, who founded her own dance company in 1946, was best known for her "primitive" dances.
From 1984 to 1990 Primus served as a professor of ethnic studies, and artist in residence at the Five Colleges consortium in Massachusetts.
Her original dance company eventually grew into the Pearl Primus Dance Language Institute, where her method of blending African-American, Caribbean, and African influences with modern dance and ballet techniques is taught.
www.pbs.org /wnet/freetodance/biographies/primus.html   (509 words)

 Pearl Primus
Pearl Primus (29 November 1919 - 29 October 1994) dancer, choreographer and anthropologist.
Pearl Primus mader her formal debut on February 24th, 1943 at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA as a social-protest dancer in New York City Her concerns and expression fit into the landscape of the ongoing Harlem renaissance and gained much public support, and was immedietly graced with attention after her first professional solo debut.
Pearl Primus studed at the New Dance Group's school in New York City.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/p/pe/pearl_primus.html   (233 words)

 ArtandCulture Artist: Pearl Primus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
When Pearl Primus was studying anthropology in graduate school, she had no idea that her part-time job with the National Youth Administration would lead to a spectacular career in dance.
Primus entered the New York dance world in 1943 with a torrent of political pieces.
The article describes Pearl Primus' contribution to African American society as well as her accomplishments in dance.
www.artandculture.com /cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/artist?id=47   (306 words)

 Extravagant Crowd | Pearl Primus
Performer and scholar Pearl Primus has been called “the grandmother of African-American dance.” An innovative dancer and choreographer, her work is characterized by speed, intense rhythms, high jumps, and graceful leaps.
Primus ran her own dance schools for children and adults, and she taught dance, dance education, and ethnic studies at New York University, the Five College Consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts, and other colleges and universities.
Carl Van Vechten aptly described Pearl Primus as a dancer who had “developed a fine style all of her own, moving expertly, with great precision to Negro folk tunes, and who later became adept in authentic African gyrations.”4 But his statement fails to acknowledge the depth of Primus’s contributions as choreographer, activist, and educator.
beinecke.library.yale.edu /cvvpw/gallery/primus1.html   (442 words)

 African American Registry: Pearl Primus gave us dance with a historic aroma . . .
*Pearl Primus was born on this date in 1919.
Primus was from Trinidad and moved with her family to the United States as a young child.
Primus planned to become a doctor, but she became involved with a dance group and, after rapid progress, she studied, taught, and researched her first major choreographic work, African Ceremonial in 1943.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/1084/Pearl_Primus_gave_us_...   (265 words)

 Pearl Diver - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pearl Diver - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Pearl Diver, racehorse, winner of the Epsom Derby in 1947.
Pearl and sponge divers have been credited with...
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 wbur.org Arts - Dance - Dancing with Ancestors
Her latest project, "Walking with Pearl," the first installment of a trilogy, was the highlight of the company's recent New England tour.
The blues were born on the slave ship, from that tradition of moaning and wailing.' She talked about the importance of studying African dance, but also said she was concerned that African dance was being studied at the expense of learning about African-American traditions.
During "Walking with Pearl" the choreographer sits at the side of the stage space, reading Primus' words, ventriloquist for a ghost.
www.wbur.org /arts/2005/48793_20050321.asp   (1001 words)

 ArtsAlive.ca - Dance : Meet the Artists
In 1948, Primus received a grant for an extended research trip to Africa to study the continent's dance traditions.
With her husband, Percival Borde, Primus established Konoma Kende in Liberia, which was the first traditional African performing arts centre.
Primus earned her PhD from New York University in 1978 and established the Pearl Primus Dance Language Institute that same year.
dance.artsalive.ca /en/dan/meet/bios/artistDetail.asp?artistID=179   (290 words)

 CriticalDance.com, features, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Thea Nerissa Barnes, You Dance Because You Have To
Both Dunham and Primus were phenomenal, pioneering African-Americans who sought the roots of their cultural heritage through anthropological research.
Jamison’s recollection of Primus was of a gorgeously full-bodied woman with an enormous jump.
Dunham and Primus illustrate and as the interviewees proclaim, merging different dance cultures can result in strong new dance forms that cannot be labelled derivative of any one culture.
www.criticaldance.com /features/2003/DunhamPrimus20030900.html   (2924 words)

 pearl - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Pearl (gem), lustrous concretion produced by certain bivalve mollusks (Mollusk) and valued as a gem.
Pearl (river, United States), river rising in central Mississippi and flowing southwest to Lake Borgne (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico).
Pearl River Community College - Pearl River County Center
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 Five colleges praise Primus - News - Peggy Schwartz organizes a tribute to Pearl Primus - Brief Article Dance Magazine ...
The weeklong tribute was mounted by Peggy Schwartz, chair of the Five College dance department, a consortium of Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts.
"Pearl had a vision for this dance," said Schwartz, "that it would be taught in every high school in America so that kids could experience strength and power through artistic expression.
In addition, at the colleges, there were classes, lectures, and discussions on Primus's choreographic process, as well as a photo exhibit contrasting archival photographs of Primus by Barbara Morgan and of Zollar by Kane Stewart.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1083/is_6_76/ai_87022578   (469 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Primus
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www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Primus   (276 words)

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 UMass Magazine Online
Primus, whose early training was at Hunter College in New York City, was one of a pioneering generation of African American artists breaking away from European-based models.
It introduced her to some of the history and traditions of African dance, the movements of which, she admits, were not easy for her to emulate.
McCready’s sentiments echo the words of Primus herself, written for a statement in Dance Magazine in 1968 and heard in a recording played during the piece.
www.umassmag.com /Spring_2002/DANCE_IS_THE_FIST_262.html   (984 words)

 TIME.com: Genuine Africa -- May 21, 1951 -- Page 1
In all, Pearl spent more than a year visiting 30 tribes — in the Gold Coast, the Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa and Nigeria.
In western Nigeria, the Yoruba tribe named her "Omowale," or "child has returned home." She took part in stately court and social dances, was taught the ceremonials of puberty and hunting.
Pearl, 31, now varies her nightclub routine with teaching (and working at Columbia University on her Ph.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,859210,00.html   (522 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
November 10, 1994: Vol26n10: OBITUARY Pearl Primus, dance pioneer, former director of Cora P. Maloney College Pearl Primus, an internationally known dancer, choreographer and anthropologist, died Oct. 29 at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Primus, 74, was director of Cora P. Maloney College at UB from 1982-84.
Primus, who toured with "Show Boat," danced in opera and on Broadway.
Performance was part of the dancer's plan to stress the arts at UB as a means of communication.
wings.buffalo.edu /publications/reporter/vol26/vol26n10/19.txt   (320 words)

 Artsvivants.ca - Danse : Rendez-vous artistiques
Primus a aussi créé des chorégraphies à Broadway, notamment pour Caribbean Carnival (1947) et The Emperor Jones (1947).
En 1948, Primus a obtenu une bourse pour effectuer un important voyage de recherche en Afrique, afin d'étudier les danses traditionnelles du continent.
Primus a obtenu son doctorat en philosophie de l'Université de New York en 1978, et elle a établi le Pearl Primus Dance Language Institute la même année.
www.artsalive.ca /fr/dan/meet/bios/artistDetail.asp?artistID=179   (368 words)

 Modern dance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dunham opened a school in New York (1945) where she taught Katherine Dunham Technique, a blend of African and Caribbean movement (flexible torso and spine, articulated pelvis and isolation of the limbs and polyrhythmic movement) integrated with techniques of ballet and modern dance.
Pearl Primus - a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Primus drew on African and Caribbean dances to create strong dramatic works characterized by large leaps in the air.
Primus often based her dances on the work of fl writers and on racial and African-American issues.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Modern_dance   (2387 words)

 Modern dance - Definition, explanation
Primus often based her dances on the work of fl writers and on racial and African-American issues.
Primus created works based on Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1944), and Lewis Allen's Strange Fruit (1945).
Her dance company developed into the Pearl Primus Dance Language Institute which teaches her method of blending African-American, Caribbean, and African influences with modern dance and ballet techniques.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/m/mo/modern_dance_1.php   (2418 words)

 pearl primus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pearl Primus: An annotated bibliography of sources from 1943 to 1975 [ pearl primus ]
Pearl Primus: Cross-cultural pioneer of American dance [ pearl primus ]
A pilot study integrating visual form and anthropological content for teaching children ages 6 to 11 about cultures and peoples of the world [ pearl primus ]
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 Urban Bush Women, Celebrating Pearl Primus's 'Unquenched Fire' - washingtonpost.com
Asked why she devoted herself and her company to creating not just one but two tributes to dance anthropologist Pearl Primus -- a seminal chronicler of rites and injustices, about whom we don't hear much anymore -- choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar had a simple answer.
Zollar said she never met Primus, who, like the better-known Katherine Dunham, started out as a dancer fascinated by ancient traditions.
Primus eventually traveled throughout the African Diaspora to bring back native dances, which she performed in the 1940s and '50s in New York nightclubs and on Broadway.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/26/AR2006032601231.html   (985 words)

 Research Affiliate - Tammy Brown
Tammy Brown is conducting research on Choreographer and dancer, Pearl Primus.
Brown’s study highlights how Primus used dance as political activism—as she challenged racism at home and abroad.
The study also explores how Primus constructed and contested fl identities in the New York City through her work.
www.princeton.edu /%7Eartspol/brown.html   (78 words)

 PeoplePlay UK - Black American Dance
The emergence of a fl modern dance movement was inspired by the work of two fl American women, Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus.
At her school students learnt philosophy, anthropology, and languages as well as tap, ballet and primitive dance and percussion.
Pearl Primus was the first fl modern dancer.
www.peopleplayuk.org.uk /guided_tours/dance_tour/black_dance/american_intro.php   (327 words)

 Classical Voice of North Carolina
Walking with Pearl – Africa Diaries (2004) and Walking with Pearl – The Southern Diaries, which premiered in the first of Urban Bush Women's two ADF performances in Reynolds Theater on June 14, incorporate text from Primus' diaries with series of movement sketches.
While Primus' observations and comments may have represented fresh thinking at the time they were made, many of them have subsequently become clichés.
And while Primus made unusually dynamic use of strong verbs in her private writings used by Zollar for the dance works, there were very few powerful images or poetic phrases.
www.cvnc.org /reviews/2005/062005/kdaADF2.html   (437 words)

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When she stumbled across the work of Trinidad-born anthropologist and choreographer Pearl Primus, Strickland knew she had found the focus for her thesis.
Besides their common interest in multicultural influences, she thinks that she bears a resemblance to the choreographer in complexion and the physicality of her motion on stage.
After studying Primus, Strickland began to see a tighter connection between movement and music, particularly the partnership of drum rhythms and dance steps.
www.wm.edu /research/artsci/index.php?id=3693   (414 words)

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