As part of its Film Program, NBAF offers a curated film series in partnership with Stephane Dunn, Associate Professor and Director of Morehouse College’s Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. The series focuses a critical and historical lens on dance through vintage and modern films, honors the rich contribution of Black dance performance in film, and celebrates a legacy of innovation and artistry. Black Dance in Film highlights performances across several historical periods of cinema, including Hollywood’s 1940s musical era.
Through screenings and conversations, the series explores the Afro-Diasporic roots of Black dance, raising several key questions: How did race and gender politics underline the historical treatment of Black dance artists in early film and complicate the representation of the Black body and Black dance performance? How has the artistry of Black dancers been translated on the big screen in performances that have innovated and revised the possibilities of dance representation in film? How has a mix of diverse styles from traditional African dance movements to ballet and hip-hop evolved in cinematic representation across different historical and social periods?
Screening of “Stormy Weather” (1943)
Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.
Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta
The classic musical film “Stormy Weather” starring Lena Horne and Bill Robinson presents an amazing array of music and dance performances. The film features a performance by the Nicholas brothers, one of the most famous dance scenes in the history of cinema, and showcases performance and choreography by Katherine Dunham and her dancers.
Discussants: Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with Dr. Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State University