Free to Dance | 2000
Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made modern dance distinctively America. Landmark dance masterpieces by African-American choreographers are woven throughout the historical narrative. Included is the work of Katherine Dunham ("Barrelhouse Blues"), Pearl Primus ("Strange Fruit"), Donald McKayle ("Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder"), Talley Beatty ("Mourner's Bench"), Bill T. Jones ("D Man in the Waters"), Alvin Ailey ("Revelations") and many others.