The Haitian Ritual Dances And Their Secularization
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"The Haitian Vodou
Ritual Dances and Their Secularization" is a good resource for
learning more about Haitian Folklore Dances, the rhythms, the movements as
well as the traditional costumes worn by the dancers on each particular dance:
Zaka, Djuba, Congo, Ibo, Nago, Petro, Yanvalou and so on...
These ritual dances are extracted
from vodou ceremonies that have taken place in vodou temples (hounfo)
in Haiti. They have been secularized and stylized by well known Haitian-choreographers
such as Jean Leon Destine, Louines Louinis, Paulette Saint-Lot etc., as well
as by other world-renowned choreographers like Katherine Dunham, Lavinia Williams,
Chuck Davis, Pearl Primus, Geoffrey Holder etc.
Actually, these dances have become
the backbone of Black Dance in theaters throughout the world. The presenter,
Haitian Anthropologist Dr. Henry Franck, gives an overview of Haitian Ritual
Dances in the context of the Vodou Pantheon and their transfer on the stage
as secular dances for the enjoyment of the public at large...