A Tribute to Katherine Dunham
Tribute and benefit performance in honor of dancer, choreographer, and ethnologist Katherine Dunham.
From the mud below (Choreographic work : Salaam)
Master of ceremonies: Danny Glover.
Co-hosts: Cleo Parker Robinson, Eartha Kitt, Dr. Glory Van Scott, and Julie Belafonte.
Cassette 1 (ca. 57 min.). Traditional drumming [and stilt dancing] / drummers, Joe Sircus and the Dunham Drum Ensemble: Omar Abdullah, Joe Barnes, Keith Burrell, James Cherry, and Ladji Camara ; stilt dancers, Message from Our Ancestors: Olukose Wiles and Clyde Wilder. Drum solo performed by Ladji Camara
Traditional libation / by Angela Fontanez
Introduction / by Danny Glover
A visual essay on Katherine Dunham / by Joe Nash, dance historian
Speech / by Leandra H. Abbott, assistant vice president of community relations and educational programs, Con Edison
Dance salute to the orixas of Brazil / performed by Roots of Brazil: Cabelo, Tisza, Rita Baiana, Lygia Barreto, Vanessa Falabella, Leslee Fiorella, Shauna Gray, Cherie Lock, Jimena Martinez, Tony Mola, Fabio Santos, Michelle Summers, and Michelle Tedd
Dance salute to the lwa of Haiti / performed by Jean Léon Destiné and members of his Afro-Haitian Dance Company: Jaques Barbot, Kevin Burrell, Vincent French, Barbara Fielding (stage manager), Rafael Nunez, Jean Remy, and Judith Samuel
Cassette 2 (ca. 59 min.). Dance salute to the lwa of Haiti [and] Chants for the lwa of Haiti / performed by Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theatre: Nina Demosthenes, Myriam Dorisme, Barry Duke, Vincent French, Evena Guerrier, Colette Guishard, Martine Jabouin, Louines Louinis, Lucrece Lousdhom, Marc Machelier, Kissely Martinez, Claude Montreuix, and Karine Moran ; singers, Paulette Saint-Lot and Myriam Dorisme
Speech / by Cleo Parker Robinson
Speech / by Eartha Kitt
The smoke that thunders / drum solo composed and performed by Max Roach
Flowers of the Caribbean / performed by Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dance Theater: Crystal Vincent, Chantal Vincent, Aisha Tike, Monique Williams, Kenyatta Claite, Leceike Rifkogel, Nia Prendergrass, Sekou Torbert, and Ade Torbert
Dangerous boys [listed on program as Dangerous--the three brothers] / performed by Finguens Youance, Pascal Youance, and Anthony Youance of Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dance Theater
Cassette 3 (ca. 59 min.). Love 'n pain / performed by Philadanco [Philadelphia Dance Company]: Felise Bagley, Lynn Barre, Kim Bears, Joan Myers Brown, Debora Chase Hicks (director), Desiree Pina, Monique Rodriguez, Karen Savage, and Helen Schonbrun
From the mud below / choreography, Abdel R. Salaam ; performed by Dyane Harvey of Forces of Nature Dance Company
Introduction to l'Ag'ya / by Dr. Glory Van Scott
L'Ag'ya [excerpt] / choreography, Katherine Dunham ; performed by April Berry Burkey and others
Speech / by Julie Belafonte
Speech / by Katherine Dunham
Cassette 4 (ca. 49 min.). Music by Tito Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble, with Mongo Santamaria, special guest artist
Videotaped in performance at Town Hall, New York, on October 2, 1994, by Robert Shepard
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