Dance and immigration: the mambo, a New York story
NamesNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Producer)Adams, Dottie (Commentator)Ensley, Ernest (Commentator)López, René (Moderator)Medina V., Henry (Commentator)Santos, Ray (Commentator)Marx, Robert (Speaker)Rudolph, Ellen B. (Producer)Adams, Dottie (Dancer)Ensley, Ernest (Dancer)López, René (Commentator)
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Public Program Dance Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1993-03-25
Table of ContentsCONTENTS: 1 (approx. 60 min.): Welcome by Robert Marx, executive director of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. -- Dance demonstration by Adams and Ensley. -- Overview of the mambo by López. -- Film and video excerpts, with commentary by Medina. -- A musician's observations of the mambo at the Palladium, by Santos. -- Reminiscences of dancing at the Palladium, by Adams and Ensley. -- 2 (approx. 17 min.): Responses to questions from the audience. -- Dance demonstration by Adams and Ensley.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 8766
TopicsMachitoPuente, Tito, 1923-2000Rodríguez, Tito, 1923-1973Piro, Killer JoePalladium (Dance hall)Mambo (Dance)Salsa (Dance)Music -- CubaMusic -- Latin AmericaSalsa (Music)
GenresLecturesFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesVenue: Videotaped for the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of the New York Public Library at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, on March 25, 1993. Presented as part of Speaking out: the performing arts forum. Series producer: Ellen B. Rudolph.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (78 min. total) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionDiscussion of the mambo craze that flourished in New York from the late 1940s to the 1960s, with emphasis on activities at the Palladium Ballroom at Broadway and 53rd Street. The mambo's origins as a musical form in Cuba are described, as is its popularization by the orchestra leaders Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodríguez. The panelists also recall Killer Joe Piro's mambo lessons and exhibitions, and the mambo's appeal to dancers of different ethnic groups and classes. They also discuss its relation to present-day salsa.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY946072927-FNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12176221Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7fbd71d0-8be4-0138-bb23-0f735fab23e3
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