By Naima Prevots
A little-known episode within the heritage of dance that illuminates the wider topic of cultural coverage throughout the chilly warfare period.
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Beginning with the Chicago Fair of 1950, which included a daily historical pageant entitled "Frontiers of Freedom" and a spectacular if to some eyes rather frightening "march of machines," freedom and consumerism were inextricably linked in these shows. " Indeed, it was at one of the era's expositions of American consumer products that a classic Cold War confrontation over the relative merits of capitalism and communism took place. This was the famous "kitchen debate" between Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita S.
Quite the reverse. . '' 4 When Eisenhower's Emergency Fund was initiated only a year later, the USIA played an important and key role. An Operations Coordinating Board was established; members included the head of the USIA, the Undersecretaries of State and Defense, representatives from the CIA and the National Security Council, and the Special Assistant to the President (initially Jackson, followed in 1955 by Nelson A. Rockefeller). S. as USIS) were responsible for coordinating activities and public relations.
Not surprisingly, the first company sent to the Soviet Union was not a modern dance group but the American Ballet Theatre, with a program featuring traditional works like Les Sylphides, as well as signature ballets on American themes such as Rodeo. The New York City Ballet soon followed, demonstrating that the United States could not only produce dancers as technically accomplished as any in the USSR, but also ballets that surpassed in sophistication and complexity anything seen on a Soviet stage.
Dance for export: cultural diplomacy and the Cold War by Naima Prevots