1953 - West African Cultural Society of Saka Acquaye
w/ AH, Bobby Crowder, Ione Nash, George Williams & others
see also ~ Saka Acquaye and Wulomei
1954-1959 ~ Saka Acquaye's African Ensemble in America
Gold Coast Saturday Night on Elektra
1955 - 1958 ~ AH in US Army, Special Services, Germany
See The Unvictorious One
1958 ~ Pioneer Katherine Dunham reforms her company and pioneers
Alvin Ailey, Eleo Pomare, and Arthur Hall establish their companies.
Arthur encouraged to investigate African heritage through dance by his mentor Joan Kerr
[Joan Kerr Dancers], an angry woman noted for her foul mouth and powerful modern
choreography rooted in the Yiddish tradition. Arthur's first concert presented by
Joan Kerr at the Phila YWHA at Broad & Pine.
Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble began as Sidney King Dancers,
then AADE, then AHAADE.
Still known as Sydney King Dancers "under the direction of Arthur Hall" as late as 1962.
[per Elizabeth Roberts poster]
Repertory generally presented as African Sketches at least into 1970.
16 mm film of this period may exist, specifically 1958 to 1960 Phila broadcast of Adam & Eve.
see Collection Logs for detail by year
1967 ~ Bechlch ~ Mojuba
1968 ~ African Press Attaches [State Department] ~ Freedom Now Suite
~ Count Basie ~ Club Harlem ~ Action Summer ~ Jacob's Pillow
~ Dick Gregory ~Africa's Children
1969 ~ College tour ~ Club Harlem ~ Black Book ~ Better Break
~ Temple Music Festival ~ Jacob's Pillow ~ Ile Ife Center opens
1970 ~ Afro-Philadelphian ~ Philadelphia Folk Festival
1972 ~ Ile Ife Museum opens
1973 ~ Ile Ife House of Love ~ Orpheus Obatala & the Philadelphia Orchestra
1974 ~ Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Festival ~ Company trip to Ghana
Ghana ~ first tour 1974
Ghana ~ 1985 for American Dance Festival ~ others unkown
Virgin Islands ~ 11/1974 St. Croix Arts Society
Haiti (Lavinia Williams School) [three tours]
Brazil ~ 1978 ~ Orisun Omi (The Well)
Zaire [American Dance Festival]
Mozambique (December 1985)
Kenya [for City of Memphis, 1989?]
South Korea (ADF linkage program, 1991?)
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