Synesthetic Rhythms: African American Music and Dance Through Parisian Eyes

Gordon, Terri J.
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p12
Academic Journal
This article discusses the success of African American dancer Josephine Baker in Paris, France in the 1920s. Baker's performance with La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1925 launched a vogue for the African American bottom and Charleston across Europe and advanced the craze for jazz that had already overtaken the capital. While the liberal and avant-garde reception in Paris largely drew Baker as a regenerative force, a few reactionary voices perceived her as a symbol of degeneration.


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