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All-Negro Folk Ballet Steals Federal Show
All-Negro Folk Ballet Steals Federal Show
TitleAll-Negro Folk Ballet Steals Federal Show
CreatorPollak, Robert
DescriptionReview of L'Ag'ya and the Ballet Fedre, praising Dunham's troupe for stealing the show with their fiery folk ballet from Martinique
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Daily Tribune
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Date(s)1938-01-28
Page(s)43
Subjects -titlesBallet Fedre ; L'Ag'ya
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine ; Sanders, Robert (score) ; Pitts, Henry ; Wilson, Woody
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F04_03
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Transcript1938
43
All-Negro Folk Ballet Steals Federal Slionv,
By ROBERT POLLAK
The Ballet Fedre, presented by the dancera of the Federal Theater at the Great Northern last night, tur-.fd out to be a program of five ballets, all clamorously received by a sold-out house. The show was clearly stolen, however, by "L'Ag'- Ya, " a fiery folk ballet from Martin¬ ique, with choreography by Kather- ing Dunham (who danced the prin¬ cipal female role well) and an ex¬ cellent score by Robert Sanders of the University of Chicago music de-
The all-Negio corps Of "L'Ag'Ya"
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danced with eno'.igh abandon to make some of the preceding events seem pallied by comparison. And one Zombie, in action m the second scene, is alone worth the price oj admission. Henry Pitts and Woody Wilson twisted sinuously as tha rival lovers.
Second most provocative item of the Ballet Fedre is "Two Cautionajy Tales" of Hilaire Belloc, recited by Frank Callender and mimed witi devastating effect by the talented Berta Ochsner,
The Graffs were represented by their now familiar "Renaissance, " which ts good enough to see again, and by the pleasant "Viennese Tri- ology, " a alight saga in the manner of the Jooss Ballet, Grace Graff was beautifully in evidence as soloist and choreographer both, but her hus¬ band could not dance because of a strained ligamenL H.'; place in "Re¬ naissance" was well taken by FranK Callender, and In the triology, by Richard Reed.
The Ballet Fedre stays on for a limited engagement at the GreSifi Northern.
Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)11 x 11
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
LanguageEnglish
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