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Songs and dances of African origin survived in Cuba and Haiti. Mbongi refers to the village center. In this film, Smith College students and staff musicians will present ceremonial dances performed for Cuban Orishas and Haitian Iwa— divinities found in the elements and associated with living things. Yvonne Daniel teaches a reciprocity pattern.

Part I: Cuban Foot Patterns (07:25)

Daniel and Smith College students demonstrate Changó's traveling step, Ogún's steps, Changó's kicking step, Oyá's step, Ochún's Iyesa (zapateo) step, Elegba's running steps, and the Caballo step.

Part II: Five Cuban Dance Sequences - Elegba (01:08)

Watch Daniel perform the Elegba.

Part II: Five Cuban Dance Sequences - Ogún (01:33)

Musicians change from Congo to Bata drums. Watch Daniel and Smith College students perform the Ogún. Ogún is the Orisha of iron; steps show him slicing through the forest.

Part II: Five Cuban Dance Sequences - Ochún (01:49)

Watch Daniel and Smith College students perform the Ochún. Ochún is known for gold jewelry and delights in shaking her bangles and bathing in honey.

Part II: Five Cuban Dance Sequences - Changó (01:21)

Watch Daniel and Smith College students perform the Changó. Changó mounts his horse, gallops in the Caballo step, reaches for lightning bolts and leaps in front of his Bata drums.

Part II: Five Cuban Dance Sequences - Yemayá (03:31)

Watch Daniel and Smith College students perform the Yemayá. Yemayá is the Mother Ocean; the dance takes a circular form and features a zapateo step symbolizing the water's ebb and flow.

Part III: Four Haitian Dance Sequences - Yanvalu (02:54)

These dances are accompanied by an African 6/8 rhythmic pattern. Watch Daniel perform the Yanvalu.

Part III: Four Haitian Dance Sequences - Mayí (01:18)

Watch Daniel perform the Mayí, an agricultural dance with four variations: simple, derial, ciye, and d'ete.

Part III: Four Haitian Dance Sequences - Petwo (01:11)

Watch Daniel perform the Petwo, referencing the Haitian Revolution and showing the performer going to war.

Part III: Four Haitian Dance Sequences - Banda (01:17)

Watch Daniel perform the Banda, a festive dance of the Guede family of Loa.

Credits: Sacred Choreographies of Cuba and Haiti (01:25)

Credits: Sacred Choreographies of Cuba and Haiti

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Sacred Choreographies of Cuba and Haiti


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Description

Anthropologist and professor Yvonne Daniel introduces the dances of Cuba and Haiti that have African roots. The program teaches the foot patterns and movements common to these dances and features action sequences of the dances.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL117628

ISBN: 978-1-63521-260-0

Copyright date: ©2005

Closed Captioned

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