GREAT PERFORMANCES: DANCE IN AMERICA: DIVINE DRUMBEATS: KATHERINE DUNHAM AND HER PEOPLE (TV)

Summary

One in this dance series presented under the umbrella of "Great Performances." Narrated by James Earl Jones, this program profiles the work of black dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham. Included are scenes from a Haitian-style voodoo dance ritual performed at Dunham's residence, in which spirits of gods are called upon and portrayed according to Haitian traditions; an overview of Dunham's career, including her experiences as a dancer in Hollywood in the late 1930s, trips to Haiti as an anthropologist studying dance, and her activities directing a performing arts center in St. Louis and the Katherine Dunham Museum, both of which she founded to foster interest in black culture; and a look at Haitian history and culture, with scenes from everyday Haitian life.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS
  • DATE: April 26, 1980 Monday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:54
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:04411
  • GENRE: Dance
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Music
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1976-
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CREDITS

  • For WNET/13:
  • Jac Venza … Executive Producer
  • Emile Ardolino … Series Coordinating Producer
  • Judy Kinberg … Series Coordinating Producer
  • John Adams … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Supervisor
  • For "Divine Drumbeats":
  • Catherine Tatge … Producer
  • Merrill Brockway … Producer, Director
  • Glenn Berenbeim … Writer
  • James Earl Jones … Narrator
  • Leslie Harnley … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Director
  • Lenwood Morris … Ballet Master
  • "Rites de Passage":
  • Paquita Anderson … Music by
  • Georges Auric … Music by
  • Katherine Dunham … Music by, Choreographer
  • Pearl Reynolds … Dancer
  • Norman Davis … Dancer
  • Doris Bennett … Dancer
  • Emilio Lastarria … Dancer
  • Vanoye Aikens … Dancer
  • Van Scott, Gloria … Dancer
  • Ed Brown … Dancer
  • "Fertility":
  • Pearl Reynolds … Cast, the Matriarch
  • Norman Davis … Cast, the Young Man
  • Doris Bennett … Cast, the Young Woman
  • "Puberty":
  • Emilio Lastarria … Cast, the Boy Initiate
  • Vanoye Aikens … Cast, the Warrior Chief
  • "Death":
  • Emilio Lastarria … Cast, Death
  • Vanoye Aikens … Cast, the Consort
  • Van Scott, Gloria … Cast, the Queen
  • John Jones … Cast, the Herald
  • Ed Brown … Cast, the Witch Doctor
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