As we continue to reflect as a community on the impact Ms. Dunham has had on modern dance and our lives, I begin to wonder how future generations of dancers will come to know her legacy. I’m sure many of you are aware of the Library of Congress’ archives of her work, but if you are not, you should certainly check them out (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cocoon/ihas/html/ ... -home.html
). On the site you can view archive footage as well as Dunham technique lessons.
Since at present we do not have a systematic program on the federal level to deal with dance documentation (although I know there are some wonderful organizations working on documenting dance nationally), each community is faced with the challenge of preserving its dance heritage. This leads me to the greater question of how can dancers and choreographers come to know the work of their predecessors?
Here are some things I’m wondering
* Are there initiatives for preserving dance in your community that are working well?
* How is the archived material made available to the community?
* Are there are any technology resources that you feel are well-suited for this?
* Do you know of any websites like the Library of Congress that have downloadable footage of performances or classes?