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Katherine Dunham's New Voodoo Ballet Exciting
Katherine Dunham's New Voodoo Ballet Exciting
TitleKatherine Dunham's New Voodoo Ballet Exciting
CreatorBulliet, C. J.
DescriptionReserves his/her highest praise for Roger Ohardieno, who he/she believes stole the show with his Zombie King dance performance. The reviewer describes his performance "not only superlative as dance but vividly emotional in its pantomime". He offers more generalized high praise for Dunham as choreographer, putting her on a level with Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson for her "stage arts".
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Daily News
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Subjects -titlesTropical Revue ; L'Ag'ya
Subjects -peopleOhardieno, Roger ; Marchant, Claude ; Aikens, Vanoye ; Hurok, Sol ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicsStudebaker Theater
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F14_02
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TranscriptKatherine Dunham's New Voodoo Ballet Exciting
ROGER OHARDIENO'S dance of the Zombie King in Kath¬ erine Dunham's new voodoo bal- Jet, '-L'Ag'Ya, " added to her "Trop¬ ical Revue" at the Studebaker, is something to which S- Hurofc can point with pride.
Hurok, you know, now is im- pressario ot "Tropical Revue" as is of Ballet Theater, and the dusky Ohardieno, in this new dance, is likely to make ballet history, along with tlie Russians and the English of the school of Antony Tudor, % l
t is one ol those Tate bits of ballet athleticism not only super¬ lative as a dance hut vividly emo¬ tional ill its pantomime. i The Zombie jungle scene, when I the King comes down from his humorous rocking chair throne and starts his dance fury against a mortal who has intruded, loses its Rider Haggard touch of purple melodrama and becomes grim drama of the supernatural,
choreographer of "L'Ag'Ya" and is chief female dancer, makes an¬ other long stride forward in her stage arts.
She unquestionably enters into the front ranks of her race, with Paul RolDeson and Marian Ander-
While Roger Ohardieno steals the show with his dance, "L'Ag'Ya" has other big moments, ^ one of them already given an even ' higher popular rating. 1 The title of the ballet is taken f from the name of a grim grudge 1 fight traditional in the West In-
1 Here the gladiators, naked to i their waists, are jealous lovers of f the belle of the fishing village, 1 Katherine Dunham, and Vanoye ¦, Aikens and Claude Marchant T battle to the death and make you , believe it. 1 Miss Dunham herself is a high- a ly accomplished dance panto- D mimist.
Under the influence of a Zom- s bie charm she goes into a frenzy 0 of stripping, but faints away be- r fore She reached the limits of - Gypsy Rose Lee.
AT KIMBALL HALL last night, the Budapest String Quartet, n its first downtown appearance after last summer at Kavinia, gave the first Chicago performance and the second in America of a new composition by Ernst Krenek, ¦'Quartet No. 7."
As often at Ravina, the Buda¬ pest Four started their program with a Haydn number, the "Quar¬ tet in D Major" called poilarly "The Lark."
Past masters in the music of Haydn, they played last night "The Lark" most exquisitely, with a finer effect in the closed hall than is possible in the open air at Ravina, unkind to strings.
The capacity audience in the far-too-small auditorium sat en¬ thralled.
Krenek, Viennese of Czech an¬ cestry, now in this country away from Hitler's Austria, dedicates his new "Quartet" to "the vivi¬ fying spirit of my American stu¬ dents."
At first hearing last night, despite all the artistry of the Budapest Four, it failed to stir the emotions aa once did, for ex¬ ample, the music of Dvorak on his contact with America.
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Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)24 x 11
Digital Object TypeImage
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Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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