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#388945 - 03/30/08 10:36 AM Dance on the islands
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Ag'ya, Martinique's Combat Dance, 1936
Filmed in Martinique by Katherine Dunham in 1936 on 16mm, this clip features the combat dance ag'ya. The film is a compilation of travel and dance footage in Martinique and Jamaica. The footage of Martinique features scenes of the capital of Fort de France as well as the towns of Saint Pierre and Vauclin. The dance footage includes extensive scenes of the combat dance ag'ya and dancers performing the béguine. Filmed in Kingston, Jamaican footage includes scenes at a public dance hall and the dance known as Shay Shay.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfMEFj5PHAg
Ag'ya, 1947
Ag'ya is a dance-fight created by black people in Caribbean. The clip was recorded in 1947, in Studebaker Theathre, by Ann Barzel, and it's part of Katherine Dunham Collection. The fight is performed by Vanoye Aikens and Tommy Gomez.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM8xp_1R9Ew&feature=related
Ag'ya Danmye Ladja Compilation
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Capoeira e ladja Coco de Zambe algo parecido?? parte 01
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Capoeira e ladja Coco de Zambe algo parecido?? parte 02
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#388946 - 03/30/08 12:53 PM Re: Dance on the islands [Re: Victor Smith]
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Looks similar to Capoeira. Any ideas if it is related?
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#388947 - 03/30/08 01:59 PM Re: Dance on the islands [Re: MattJ]
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Hi Matt,

I just ran across this and I have no idea, except it's quite possible both arts were from African origins.

But note some similiarties to
Fujian Dog Boxing - 1986 China Nationals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzkTlAoUnyk&feature=related

I continue to be astounded to see what my searches uncover.


Edited by Victor Smith (03/30/08 02:02 PM)
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