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Dunham, Katherine (Interviewee)
Yarborough, Lavinia Williams (Speaker)
Roach, Ron (Narrator)
Olatunji, Babatunde (Musician)
Dinizulu, Kimati (Musician)
Ilott, Pamela (Producer)
Yarborough, Lavinia Williams (Dancer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1984
Table of Contents
Part I (30 min.): Vodoun in Haiti. General overview of the vodoun religion in Haitian history and culture, including its roots in African tribal religions and its ties to Christianity. Among the experts interviewed is dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham. - Part II (29 min.): Vodoun ceremony. Lavinia Williams presents a detailed description of vodoun ceremonies, which include dancing, singing, and spirit possession. Accompanied by musicians Babatunde Olatunji, Kimati Dinizulu, Jimmy Cruiz, and Ron McBee, she demonstrates representative vodoun dances such as the Yanvalou, Banda, Congo, and Petro dances.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 6885
Yanvalou (Dance)
Banda (Dance)
Congo (Dance)
Petro (Dance)
Dance -- Haiti
Dance, Black -- Haiti
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Television programs
Creation/production credits: Telecast by CBS-TV on the series For our times. Writer/producer: Patricia Lou Layne. Executive producer: Pamela Ilott. Narrator: Ron Roach.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (62 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Two parts of a documentary on the vodoun religion of Haiti.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY906038484-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12169246
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 61870130-7e74-0138-91db-63de94d89d8a
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  • 1984: Created
  • 2020: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The open gate" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1984.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The open gate" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 21, 2024.

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The open gate