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Interview with Donald Eno Washington [sound recording]

Interview with Donald Eno Washington [sound recording]
Washington, Eno.

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reel 4AudioRestricted use *MGZTC 3-1809 [sound cassette] reel 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
reel 3AudioRestricted use *MGZTC 3-1809 [sound cassette] reel 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
reel 2AudioRestricted use *MGZTC 3-1809 [sound cassette] reel 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
reel 1AudioRestricted use *MGZTC 3-1809 [sound cassette] reel 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
Farlow, Lesley.
4 sound cassettes (5 hrs.)
Alternative Title
Dance Oral History Project.
  • Interviewed by Lesley Farlow on February 5 and 6 1993 at Donald Eno Washington's home in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
  • For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-1809.
SUMMARY: Cassette 1. Mr. Washington discusses his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon; his first educational and performing experiences; the origins of his work in social and street dancing; the influence of the church and of his first mentor, Ahmad Sahir. -- Cassette 2. Experiences at Portland State University; his move to Amherst to attend the University without Walls (a part of the University of Massachusetts); meeting his second griot, Rosalind De Mille; touring with Babatunde Olatunji; moving to New York; returning to Massachusetts to work for a Master of Fine Arts degree at Smith College; a trip to West Africa to study with Jabril Traore; the effect of AIDS on his daily life and personal philosophy; the inspiration for his Master's degree concert: Dance on the wind: memoirs of a Mississippi shaman; his work with drummer Bamidele Osumarea. -- Cassette 3. Discusses Reaching out around AIDS, a benefit concert that he produced; meeting Percival Borde; his three visits to Africa including Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia; learning the dances of the Jolas and the Mandinkes, including Bougarabou, Casa, Koba; the relationship of the dancers and the culture as a whole to the drummers. -- Cassette 4. Further discussion of his trips to Africa and particular dances, including Djongdong, Wolousodong, Lamba and Sabar.
Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1809
Washington, Eno. Interviewee
Interview with Donald Eno Washington [sound recording]
Local Subject
Mandingo (African people) -- Dances.
Added Author
Farlow, Lesley. Interviewer
Research Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1809
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