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Dunham in New Voodoo Dance Drama
Dunham in New Voodoo Dance Drama
TitleDunham in New Voodoo Dance Drama
DescriptionPromotional piece providing a glimpse into the anthropological background of the three scenes that comprise the new L'Ag Ya portion of Tropical review upcoming January 22-Feb 5, 1945: Vaudun, Begine Begine, and Majumba
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Daily News
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Subjects -titlesTropical Revue ; L'Ag'ya
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine
Other topicsStudebaker Theater
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F13_01
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TranscriptKatherine Dunham and Vanoye Aikens dance this way in "L'Agya, " the new voodoo number added to "Tropical Revue, " returning Jan. 22 to the Studebaker Theater. [SfFmour photo i
Despite her glamour (or maybe because of it) Toni Oilman rates high among the murder suspects in "10 Little Indians, " amusing chiller at the Harris
; Thursday matinee on the 18th.. This production was directed by ¦ Mary Elizabeth Aurelius, with set¬ ting by Barbara J. Scott, costumes by Rita Dhu Wray.
"The Emperor's New Clothes, '' dramatized by Charlotte S. Chor-
1 "Grand Ladies'" organiza-
f OHN TOMS, tenor, head of the I vocal department in the school
CHICAGO DAILY NEWS. (5 Sat., .Tan. 13, 1945.
Dunham in New Voodoo Dance Drama
KATHERINE DUNHAM'S fa- miharity with West Indian voodoo at firsthand is an oft-told tale in her home town, for it was on a traveling scholarship from the University of Chicago that she made the investigations of the West Indies jungles that she since has turned to artistic account.
On her return to Chicago for two weeks at the Studebaker The¬ ater Jan. 22, she will offer in her- "Tropical Revue" a new voodoo number called "L'Agya, " de- scribed as a climax in her crea-
"L'Agya" takes its title from the spectacular wrestling bout ot French Martiilique, now publicly banned there because ot its not infrequently fatal outcome for one or both the participants.
The production is in three scenes, one "vaudun" (voodoo) ritual straight out of the West In¬ dian sugar cane jungles, complete with priests or "zombies" who weave their spells around the sinister shrine of the Black Vir¬ gin.
Also in the drama are the fa¬ mous "begine begihe, " the true and naughty' beguine of Marti¬ nique, and the Majumba, a dance of hypnosis associated with evil and directly connected with the practice of voodoo.
"L'Agya" itself is a fighting dance, performed as an exhibition of skill and masculine prowess, or to settle a grudge. Its origins are lost in the darkness of the African
Original dimensions (cm.)27 x 6
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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