Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Mandiana

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Dance of Guinea, Préfecture de Mandiana
Sano, Kemoko (Performer)
Camara, Lamine (Videographer)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991-01-21 - 1991-01-23
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 60 min.). Procession and dancing by spear-bearers and three masked figures, one in a mirror-decorated costume, accompanied by drummers and singers -- Circumcision procession led by a flutist and a man in red -- Performance by boys in red and orange hooded masks, a masked figure, and other men whose actions suggest reaping and working the soil -- Line dance by children, led by two young women with gourd and shell instruments -- Procession led by an elder of the village ; dancing by a man in white, playing bells -- Song by a musician playing a stringed instrument, accompanied by men with whistles and rifles ; singing and clapping by women ; dancing by men with rifles. |||| Reel 2 (ca. 62 min.). Dances and songs by ensembles of women and girls, accompanied by djembe (drums) ; dancing by two little girls -- Masked dance by two boys, accompanied by a boy flutist ; music on various instruments, including drums, rattles, gourds (?) floating in tubs of water, and wind instruments made of animal horns decorated with feathers and fur. Singing by women ; circle dance performed by men and women -- Singing and dancing by two men, playing the bolon (stringed instrument) and a metal percussion instrument. Dancing by men with rifles and two figures in fur costumes, each leaning on two sticks, who seem to represent animals. |||| Reel 3 (ca. 28 min.). Continuation of the performance on cassette 2, accompanied by djembe. Kemoko Sano joins in the drumming -- Music on wind instruments, drums, and gourd rattles. Women and men take turns dancing with a flag; a boy dances with a gourd instrument.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5071
Music -- Guinea
Drummers (Musicians)
Child dancers
Child musicians
Mask dances
Weapon dances
Animal dances
Bangoura, Hamidou, 1941-
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Field recordings
Venue: Videotaped on location in the prefecture of Mandiana, Guinea, on January 21-23, 1991 by Lamine Camara, a cameraman from Radio-Television of Guinea (RTG).
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (150 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): b12451012
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d1124f20-f870-0130-7d84-3c075448cc4b
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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