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Dunham Dancers Worth a Return Visit
Dunham Dancers Worth a Return Visit
TitleDunham Dancers Worth a Return Visit
CreatorPollak, Robert
DescriptionPraises the entire performance, calls Dunham a genius, and refers to the Chicago premier of her Martiniquan ballet, L'Ag Ya as the "strongest ballet [Dunham] has invented to date". Comments on the precision, spontaneity, and sophistication of various scenes, he reviews the rest of the show in brief, giving critical mention to the performances in the Barrel house and Flaming Youth scenes
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Times
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Subjects -titlesTropical Revue ; L'Ag'ya
Subjects -peopleMarchant, Claude ; Ohardieno, Roger ; Pratt, John ; Sanders, Robert ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicsStudebaker Theater
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F14_01
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TranscriptDunKam dancers worth a return visit
The Studebaker's return engagement of Katherine Dun¬ ham and her great troupe is marked by a Chicago premiere of "L'Ag'Ya, " a colorful dance tragedy from Martinique and the strongest ballet she has invented to date. Using a tale of voodoo magic, the
wonderful rhythms of tlie Begine and a climactic and deadly wrestling match, she has given us a simple, credible scenario and fiUed it with brilliant dance patterns. The ex¬ cellent score is by Robert Sanders, formerly of Chicago.
The soloists are Miss Dunham herself, Claude Marchant and Roge Ohardieno, who is still the best male dancer in the company. He proves it again later on opposite the boss lady in the Barrel House, that slow shimmy from Florida, a sad, tired dance fuU of a weary sophistication.
The company ends its program on a note of satire with "flaming youth 1937, " a bow to the Charleston and the Blues. Costumed in those ridfb- ulous dresses ot the John Held era and culminating in the high voice ot a coon-shonting tavern keeper.
If only for the ballet from Mar¬ tinique the Dunham troupe is worth a return visit. This Negro com¬ pany, headed by a lady of indubi¬ table genius, explores every facet of a vast culture, in general the cos¬ tuming by John Pratt, Miss Dun¬ ham's original choreography and the precision and spontaneity of her gang can't be beat.
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Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)15 x 12
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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