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Ethiopia Dances for Joy!

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Ethiopia Dances for Joy!
Dallal (Speaker)
Dallal (Film director)
Dallal (Producer)
Dallal (Director)
Achi, George (Editor)
Hager Fikir Theater Dance Company (Performer)
Hager Fikir Theater Dance Company (Composer)
Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club (Composer)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2013
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5092
Dance -- Ethiopia
Dance -- Social aspects -- Ethiopia
Easter -- Ethiopia
Music -- Ethiopia
Folk dancing -- Ethiopia
Dance music -- Ethiopia
Ethiopia -- Social life and customs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Documentary films
Ethnographic films
Motion pictures
Statement of responsibility: filmed, produced and directed by Tamalyn Dallal.
Content: In loving memory of Richard K. Harris.
Creation/production credits: Edited by George Achi ; background music by the Hager Fikir Musical Group ; Tamalyn's dance music, Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar (Scheherezade L'Andalous, from Made in Zanzibar and Afkari, from 40 Days and 1001 Nights, Bellydance Music for Tamalyn Dallal).
Venue: Videotaped during a visit to Ethiopia, Africa, 2013.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (48 min.) : sound, color
Dance instructor Tamalyn Dallal's latest ethnographic program aimed at students of dance and culture travels to Ethiopia to document native costumes, customs, and dances. While teaching Middle Eastern dance at a circus school in the city-state of Addis Ababa, Dallal films their routines. Using simple props such as balls, hats, and ropes, the students defy gravity in solo and double configurations. Dallal also visits the Hager Fikir Theatre Dance Company, whose dancers perform pieces representing nine different regions, including the northeastern desert area of Afar, home to the world's highest temperatures (the performance here features intimidating props such as long knives and automatic weapons). The traditional accompanying music incorporates flute, drums, and stringed instruments such as the lyre-like krar. From Addis Ababa, Dallal heads north to Tigrinya, a pilgrimage destination, and west to Harar, where the elaborate preparations for Easter (Fasika) are in progress. In the former capital city of Gonder, she observes an Amharic dance in which participants imitate ecstatic chickens with rapid head, neck, and chest movements. Most of the people Dallal encounters are Christian or Muslim, except in Gonder where she stops at the Beta Israel village of Wolleka. -- notes, Tamalyn Dallal's website.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 911270391
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20646765
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e04ad00-4b66-0133-df88-60f81dd2b63c
Copyright Notice
© Tamalyn Dallal
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ethiopia Dances for Joy!" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2013.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ethiopia Dances for Joy!" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 27, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2013). Ethiopia Dances for Joy! Retrieved from

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Ethiopia Dances for Joy!