"Barrelhouse Blues - excerpt (1938)"
Choreography by Katherine Dunham
Performed by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
(from the television program Dancing In the Light, 2007, Kultur Video)
Anthropologist and choreographer Katherine Dunham set this concertized jazz piece that incorporates vernacular movement to the slow drag -- a couples dance common to juke joints and honky-tonks. The dancers' pelvis-to-pelvis bumping and grinding provoked John Martin, a leading dance critic of the time, to call it an "incredible vulgarity."