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Tropical Review is Beautiful and Exciting
Tropical Review is Beautiful and Exciting
TitleTropical Review is Beautiful and Exciting
CreatorInge, William
DescriptionFavorable opening night-review. Inge indicates that he saw the show during its first pass through town, but says that "having seen it once does not mean you won't enjoy seeing it again". Describes the show as a "collection of dances that Dunham brought back from a survey of the native terpsichore of Cuba, the West Indies, and North and South America." Mentions the context of Dunham's educational background and doctoral thesis at U of Chicago. Gives a brief run-down of the program, with dances from "South of the Border", "South of the equator" and finally a "native" portion from the U.S. South, culminating with a "contemporary jitterbug". He describes the stage sets as "extremely simple" but the costumes as "as lavish as and even more imaginative than, anything created for ballet." and finishes off with a slew of complimentary adjectives: "gawdy with color and bawdy with rhythm", "lusty, sensuous, humorous, beautiful and exciting" [photo of Dunham and two male dancers in "Rara Tonga"]
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceSt. Louis Star-Times
Place WrittenSt. Louis, MO
Subjects -titlesTropical Revue
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine
Other topicsKiel Auditorium Opera House
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F12_03
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TranscriptST.LOUIS STAR-TIMES ' 10 Tues., Oct. i: -It
Tropical Rrvin- Is Beautiful And Excitiu-i
Katherine Dunham h her "Tropical Re\ue' ba and last night opened a engagement at the Kiel j Opera House. The sh here last spring at the Theater and, except for a changes, it's prett\ muct show now that it was having seen it once doe^ that you wont enjoy seei
The show is a cojlectioi
which Miss Dunham brL_„. _
from a survey of tiie natue tPip- sichore of Cuba, the West Indie= and Nortti and South America The survey was made for her doctor s thesis at the Universltj of Chicago and If jou ask me few theses haie been put to better use The danc": which range from primitive tnbal lituals to the latest jive develop¬ ments are performed expprtlv b ^ co-npan of joung nimble honp'- colored American Negroes and Cu-
The first part of the program is definitely south of the border m- cluding rhumbas boleros and slave dances The ';econd part is south of the equator consisting mostl; of adaptations of tribal danc"! from I'^ies in the Pacific The third part IS native beginnmg with some of our early plantation dances and uoikmg iti wav through the frenet¬ ic dance."! of the 1920s and endir^ 1 ith contemporarj jitterbug
Settings foi the 'Jiow are extreme- h '^imp'e but not the costumes, which are as lavish as and eien more imaginative than anjthing Treated for ballet Tlie stage is gawdy with color and bawdv with rhjthm every second If; lu'ity, sensuous humorous beautiful and e citing
KATHERINE DUNHAM ir in the ' Rara Tonga" number opened a three-dav engagemer last night.
of her ' Tropi
in Kiel Audit
Illinoisan Fined $300 For Sale Of Whisky
FREEPORT, ILL., Oct. 17.—(INSI —Thomas H. Runyan ot Savanna, ill, yesterday pleaded guilty in fed¬ eral court to a charge that he sold and shipped whisky to an Iowa fraternal organization without hav¬ ing a wholesaler's license. Judge Elwyn R. Shaw imp*ed a $300 fine and ordered Runyan ta pay $500 in a tax compromise.
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Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)20 x 16
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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