Picks and Pans Review: Divine Drumbeats—katherine Dunham and Her People
updated 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
The bizarre but fascinating Dunham danced and choreographed on Broadway (Cabin in the Sky) and in Hollywood (Stormy Weather) before she left the U.S. in 1947, partly as a statement of black consciousness. She returned at intervals and formed a company for slum kids in St. Louis in 1969, but she's now a full-scale voodoo priestess, and this special, taped in Haiti and Nashville, is a strange mixture of American modem dance and Afro-Caribbean forms.