Whose Choreography?: Josephine Baker and the Question of (Dance) Authorship

Kraut, Anthea
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p15
Academic Journal
This article examines Josephine Baker's dance authorship. However much Baker responds to and draws inspiration from the community, what perhaps stands out most about her performance is that it is full of her signature moves. While Baker's repertoire was based on African-American vernacular idioms and her style was rooted in an Africanist aesthetic tradition, it was the idiosyncrasy of her dancing that set her apart. Commentators, struggling for the right words to characterize her physicality, pointed frequently to the energy, eccentricity and humor of her moving body.


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