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A tribute to Katherine Dunham
Additional title: From the mud below (Choreographic work : Salaam)
Additional title: Ag'ya (Choreographic work : Dunham)
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Camara, Ladji, 1923- (Instrumentalist)
Fontanez-Fleming, Angela (Performer)
Glover, Danny (Host)
Nash, Joe, 1919-2005 (Speaker)
Destiné, Jean Léon (Dancer)
Louinis, Louines (Dancer)
Robinson, Cleo Parker (Host)
Kitt, Eartha (Host)
Roach, Max, 1924-2007 (Composer)
Roach, Max, 1924-2007 (Instrumentalist)
Harvey, Dyane (Dancer)
Berry, April (Dancer)
Belafonte, Julie (Host)
Puente, Tito, 1923-2000 (Performer)
Santamaria, Mongo (Musician)
Dunham, Katherine (Choreographer)
Salaam, Abdel R. (Choreographer)
Shepard, Robert (Videographer)
M.F.O.A. (Message from Our Ancestors) (Dance company) (Performer)
Roots of Brazil Dance Troupe (Performer)
Afro-Haitian Dance Company (Performer)
Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dancers (Performer)
Philadelphia Dance Company (Performer)
Forces of Nature (Dance company) (Performer)
Caribbean Cultural Center (New York, N.Y.) (Presenter)
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, inc. (Presenter)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1994-10-02
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 57 min.). Traditional drumming [and stilt dancing] / drummers, Joe Sircus and the Dunham Drum Ensemble: Omar Abdullah, Joe Barnes, Keith Burrell, James Cherry, and Ladji Camara ; stilt dancers, Message from Our Ancestors: Olukose Wiles and Clyde Wilder. Drum solo performed by Ladji Camara. |||| Traditional libation / by Angela Fontanez. |||| The smoke that thunders / drum solo composed and performed by Max Roach. |||| Flowers of the Caribbean / performed by Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dance Theater: Crystal Vincent, Chantal Vincent, Aisha Tike, Monique Williams, Kenyatta Claite, Leceike Rifkogel, Nia Prendergrass, Sekou Torbert, and Ade Torbert. |||| Dangerous boys [listed on program as Dangerous--the three brothers] / performed by Finguens Youance, Pascal Youance, and Anthony Youance of Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dance Theater. |||| Reel 3 (ca. 59 min.). Love 'n pain / performed by Philadanco [Philadelphia Dance Company]: Felise Bagley, Lynn Barre, Kim Bears, Joan Myers Brown, Debora Chase Hicks (director), Desiree Pina, Monique Rodriguez, Karen Savage, and Helen Schonbrun. |||| From the mud below / choreography, Abdel R. Salaam ; performed by Dyane Harvey of Forces of Nature Dance Company. |||| Introduction to l'Ag'ya / by Dr. Glory Van Scott. |||| L'Ag'ya [excerpt] / choreography, Katherine Dunham ; performed by April Berry Burkey and others. |||| Speech / by Julie Belafonte. |||| Speech / by Katherine Dunham. |||| Reel 4 (ca. 49 min.). Music by Tito Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble, with Mongo Santamaria, special guest artist. |||| Introduction / by Danny Glover. |||| A visual essay on Katherine Dunham / by Joe Nash, dance historian. |||| Speech / by Leandra H. Abbott, assistant vice president of community relations and educational programs, Con Edison. |||| Dance salute to the orixas of Brazil / performed by Roots of Brazil: Cabelo, Tisza, Rita Baiana, Lygia Barreto, Vanessa Falabella, Leslee Fiorella, Shauna Gray, Cherie Lock, Jimena Martinez, Tony Mola, Fabio Santos, Michelle Summers, and Michelle Tedd. |||| Dance salute to the lwa of Haiti / performed by Jean Léon Destiné and members of his Afro-Haitian Dance Company: Jaques Barbot, Kevin Burrell, Vincent French, Barbara Fielding (stage manager), Rafael Nunez, Jean Remy, and Judith Samuel. |||| Reel 2 (ca. 59 min.). Dance salute to the lwa of Haiti [and] Chants for the lwa of Haiti / performed by Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theatre: Nina Demosthenes, Myriam Dorisme, Barry Duke, Vincent French, Evena Guerrier, Colette Guishard, Martine Jabouin, Louines Louinis, Lucrece Lousdhom, Marc Machelier, Kissely Martinez, Claude Montreuix, and Karine Moran ; singers, Paulette Saint-Lot and Myriam Dorisme. |||| Speech / by Cleo Parker Robinson. |||| Speech / by Eartha Kitt.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1361
Dunham, Katherine
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center and Con Edison in association with Town Hall.
Content: Recording made possible by the cooperation of the Caribbean Cultural Center and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Performers: Master of ceremonies: Danny Glover.
Performers: Co-hosts: Cleo Parker Robinson, Eartha Kitt, Dr. Glory Van Scott, and Julie Belafonte.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at Town Hall, New York, on October 2, 1994, by Robert Shepard.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (224 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Tribute and benefit performance in honor of dancer, choreographer, and ethnologist Katherine Dunham.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12328058
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2e87c0c0-6f24-0131-22b9-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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A tribute to Katherine Dunham