How can a shoe communicate many different messages at once?
Ballet has been slow to accept African-American dancers in major companies, and those who make it tend to be offered limited roles.
Rebellious teenagers thumbed their noses at Hitler with jazz music, wild dancing, and the greeting “Swing Heil.” But how serious was their resistance?
In the 1920s, jazz music was thought to cause physical illness or even disability.
The dark, absurdist humor of Samuel Beckett's work was directly informed by his time in the French Resistance during World War II.
Americans have long obsessed over their favorite musicians.
Leonard Bernstein was a famous composer, conductor, and pianist. But by some accounts, his favorite accomplishment was teaching children about music.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical was revolutionary in the way it “integrated” music, dance, and dialogue. Or was that language just a marketing ploy?
In the 1950s, nightclubs featuring "Middle Eastern" music and belly dancers mixed and matched cultures, serving white audiences an exotic experience.
Art, music, religious, and seasonal festivals have been a part of human life since prehistory. How have they changed as society has changed?