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A song for dead warriors
Additional title: Song for dead warriors (Choreographic work : Smuin)
López, Antonio (Dancer)
Cisneros, Evelyn (Dancer)
Vest, Vane (Dancer)
Russell, Paul, 1947- (Dancer)
Topciy, Alexander (Dancer)
Ficzere, Attila (Dancer)
Sund, Robert (Dancer)
Ruud, Tomm (Dancer)
Smuin, Michael (Choreographer)
Fox, Charles, 1940- (Composer)
Kim, Willa (Set designer)
Kim, Willa (Costume designer)
Kinberg, Judy (Producer)
Brockway, Merrill (Director)
Brubach, Holly (Author)
San Francisco Ballet (Dancer)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Producer)
KQED-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.) (Producer)

Dance in America Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1984-01-16
Place: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: WNET/13
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 9425
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-674 (former)
Oakes, Richard, 1942-1972
Alcatraz Island (Calif.) -- History -- Indian occupation, 1969-1971
Television programs
Televised dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: co-produced by WNET/13, New York, and KQED, San Francisco ; directed by Merrill Brockway ; produced by Judy Kinberg ; choreography by Michael Smuin ; music by Charles Fox.
Creation/production credits: Scenery and costumes, Willa Kim ; projections, Ronald Chase ; written by Holly Brubach.
Performers: Antonio Lopez (Young Indian); Evelyn Cisneros (His Indian girl-friend); Vane Vest (White Law Officer); Paul Russell, Alexander Topciy, Attila Ficzere, Robert Sund, Tomm Ruud (Ancestral Chiefs).
Venue: Recorded on October 14, 1983. Telecast by WNET/13, New York on January 16, 1984 on the Dance in America series.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Betacam SP) (61 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
A ballet inspired by events in the life of American Indian activist Richard Oakes. A series of vignettes traces the story of an Indian man from his birth to his death, and, in so doing, reflects on the situation of the contemporary American Indian. The ballet is followed by choreographer Smuin's explanation of its genesis and a documentary about Richard Oakes and the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island (1969-1971).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY847039597-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160600
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 694da410-9181-0135-47c3-0d54447d95ca
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "A song for dead warriors" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1984.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "A song for dead warriors" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 21, 2024.

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A song for dead warriors