Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Lola

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Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Lola
Sano, Kemoko (Dancer)
Bangoura, Hamidou, 1941- (Director)
Camara, Lamine (Videographer)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991-01-10 - 1991-01-11
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 57 min.). Performance of a men's ensemble costumed in feather headdresses and raffia skirts. They play "tamans," or talking drums, sing, and dance, concluding with two dances with hoes, possibly farmers' dances -- Performance by a men's ensemble, including a masked dancer in a floor-length raffia skirt -- Performance by a women's ensemble, bearing whisks and pompoms, accompanied by music played on drums and washbasins -- Indoor performance, at night, by a women's ensemble, playing washbasins. Women and men take turns dancing. |||| Reel 2 (ca. 26 min.). Performance by a mixed ensemble, the men playing drums, the women bearing pompoms, dancing as they sing. Kemoko Sano appears in a red-and-white warm-up suit -- Performance by a women's ensemble playing "criyin"-like slotted-log drums and washbasins. Women dance as a group and alone -- Performance by a men's ensemble playing "talking drums" and gourd rattles. Among the dancers is a masked dancer in a floor-length raffia skirt -- Two stilt dancers, accompanied by a men's drumming ensemble -- Portrait of a football team -- Indoor shots of an unidentified man, followed by a group portrait including Kemoko Sano.
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5068
Music -- Guinea
Drummers (Musicians)
Mask dances
Stilt dances
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Field recordings
Venue: Videotaped on location in the prefecture of Lola, Guinea, on January 10-11, 1991 by Lamine Camara, a cameraman from Radio-Television of Guinea (RTG).
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (83 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): b12451009
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c59e6130-f870-0130-8538-3c075448cc4b
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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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Dance of Guinea