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African dance and music: at Jacob's Pillow
Additional title: Kinetic molpai (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Additional title: Hopi Indian eagle dance (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Additional title: Cosmic dance of Siva (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Thompson, Liz (Elizabeth Lauter) (Interviewee)
Kedelsky, Spider (Interviewee)
Sibanyoni, Mamisa David. (Interviewee)
Suso, Foday Musa (Interviewee)
Ladzekpo, Kwaku. (Interviewee)
Ladzekpo, C. K. (Interviewee)
Casquelourd, Malonga (Interviewee)
Primus, Pearl (Interviewee)
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Choreographer)
Savin, Nancy R. (Producer)
Swazi Women Singers and Dancers (Performer)
Ladzekpo Brothers African Music and Dance Ensemble (Performer)
Fua Dia Congo (Dance company) (Performer)
Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers (Performer)
Connecticut Public Television (Presenter)
Jacobs Pillow Dance Festivals Pillow Dance Festival (Presenter)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1987
Place: U.S
Publisher: Connecticut Public Television
Table of Contents
Dance and music contents: Dance / performers not identified -- Men's dance, performed by women / performed by the Swazi Women Singers and Dancers ; interview with their manager, Mamisa David Sibanyoni -- Instrumental music played on the kora / performance by and interview with Foday Musa Suso -- Dance in preparation for battle [and] Description and demonstration of Ghanaian musical instruments / performed by the African Music and Dance Ensemble ; interviews with Kwaku Ladzekpo and C.K. Ladzekpo -- Dance / performed by Fua Dia Congo, a California-based group that specializing in central African dances ; interview with founder-director Melonga Casquelourd -- Kinetic Molpai (b&w) / archival footage ; performed by Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers -- Hopi Indian eagle dance [and] The cosmic dance of Siva / archival footage ; performed by Ted Shawn.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3371
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5115 (former)
Swazi (African people) -- Dancers
Music -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Drummers (Musicians)
Dance -- Africa
Filmed dance
Documentary films
Filmed performances
Motion pictures
Statement of responsibility: Connecticut Public Television ; an Arts Week special edition ; produced, written, and narrated by Nancy R. Savin ; Arts Week producers, Vinton McCabe and Nancy R. Savin ; executive producer, Nancy R. Savin.
Creation/production credits: Story editor, Vinton R. McCabe.
Performers: Interviewees: Liz Thompson, Spider Kedelsky, Mamisa David Sibanyoni, Foday Musa Suso, Kwaku Ladzekpo, C.K. Ladzekpo, Malonga Casquelourd, and Pearl Primus.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (29 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Documentary on a week of African dance and music presented by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Liz Thompson, the director of Jacob's Pillow, and Spider Kedelsky, curator of the event, discuss the decision to highlight African dance and music, and some of the activities planned, including performances, classes, and lectures. Representatives of various groups describe their material, which is seen in excerpts taped onstage or outdoors at Jacob's Pillow. A brief historical section, focusing on Ted Shawn and the founding of Jacob's Pillow, includes interviews with Thompson and modern dancer Pearl Primus.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12528544
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2b9c96c0-e87f-0131-a9f1-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "African dance and music" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987.

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African dance and music