Contact: Kimberly Rogers
March 7, 2014 – The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance and the African-American
Studies program will present a special Women's History Month lecture Wednesday, March
19, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Theatre.
Guest speakers Peggy and Murray Schwartz will discuss their book The Dance Claimed Me: The Biography of Pearl Primus.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Dance Claimed Me offers an intimate perspective of the life of Primus (1919-1994) and her influence
on American culture, dance and education. Born in Trinidad, Primus' work incorporated
social and racial protest into her dance aesthetic and played an important role in
presenting authentic African dance to American audiences. Friends and colleagues of
Primus, the Schwartzes interviewed more than 100 family members, friends and professional
associates to chronicle her life from childhood to international dancer, early member
of the New Dance Group in New York City and dance anthropology pioneer.
Students will perform a dance from Primus' repertoire, "Bushache – Dance of War, Dance
of Peace." A book signing will follow the talk.
For more information, call Kimberly Rogers at 901-678-2350.