Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Boké

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Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Boké
Sano, Kemoko (Dancer)
Bangoura, Hamidou (Director)
Camara, Lamine (Videographer)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991-01-27 - 1991-01-28
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 62 min.). Views of the landscape, recorded in the prefecture of Boffa (ca. 2 min.) -- Prefecture of Boké: Performance in a clearing, including dance, drumming, singing, and some dialogue. Includes a dancer in a bird (?) mask, a men's dance with spades, dancing by men wearing women's clothing and jewelry, a line dance by women accompanied by a woman drummer, an initiation ritual (?) for four men in masks or hoods, a ritual (?) involving gourds of liquid which are poured and drunk by participants, a dancer wearing a mask representing the stylized figure of a woman, dancing drummers, and dancing and singing by a women's ensemble. |||| Reel 2 (ca. 13 min.). Indoor performance onstage in the sub-prefecture of Kamsar, including singing, drumming, and dancing.
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5072
Music -- Guinea
Drummers (Musicians)
Mask dances
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Field recordings
Venue: Videotaped on location in the prefecture of Boké, Guinea, on January 27-28, 1991 by Lamine Camara, a cameraman from Radio-Television of Guinea (RTG).
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (75 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Documentation of part of a three-week trip to the interior of Guinea, made by Kemoko Sano and Hamidou Bagoura, respectively choreographer and technical director of Les Ballets Africains of the Republic of Guinea, in search of promising musicians and dancers who might be recruited for the company, and source material for new works. At each site they visited, they were received by local authorities, and watched local troupes. They are often glimpsed observing, recording, and occasionally taking part in the performances.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12451013
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bd603a00-f870-0130-fef2-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1991: Created (Approximate)
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance of Guinea" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1991 - 1991.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance of Guinea" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 11, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1991 - 1991). Dance of Guinea Retrieved from

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Dance of Guinea