Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Unique evening with the Surinamers : a review
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Title: Unique evening with the Surinamers : a review
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/12/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199968
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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A unique evening

with the Surinamers

-Cultural Centre reached its
peak on Sunday night when
Srinam poet Dotru and his
country's contingent took to
the stage and managed a
hefty representation of cul-
ture in the Dutch colony
and of a burning fierce love
tor their country.
The Surinam evening was
unique among other Carifes.
ta national shows, for it fea-
tured poetry readings by
Dobru. In an angry rumb-
ling voice which came from
the very Ibottom of his chest,
he delivered stunning re-
tta~ s of his poams, generat-
ing waves of excitement with
"I am a Negro" which he did
with Indian tlblae and har-
monnmn forming a backdrop
and then in fighter vein, re
dudaog bMs audience to hrwo.
less o ughter with his own
idea of how God created
Then ere were the Ko6o-
olfti and -hemne again their
leadest paWtt.lit wes made
type of costumes
wUlb ad developed frmn
bulky stitly-starched dresses
deamlged by "jeaous wives
of Dulth pailiters to prevent
tbeir uabalnds rom seeing
the bdautfbal astpea of the
ve Wb- and hrno being
The Rotomisi instructor
"1so took the time off to in-
dulge in a bit of politicking
She and her costumed en-
tanage ilourwhed Surnain
and Guyena flag set on one
bit of wood and calling for
the two nations not to be
"as far apart as we are", she
maid that '~ke the flags we
must not be one on top of
the other, but side by side."
But that is not what the
Surinam evening was all
The Javanese dancers
were as graceflu as ever, a
wife welcoming her husband
home with an unhurried ex-
quisite serenity extended to
tinkIag bells, weaving a
lush oriental tapestry, and a
horseman possessed by the
pirit of his mount and rac-
like the wind as the
b alash in whirwind
The Indian sequence offer-
ed a sitar solo and, unlke
the disaster at Guyana's own
A Kind of Folrk, the Burl-
nam sitar fllMed the theatre
with its fariate patterns

A review by

Raschid Osman

Rltted closely with ever-
present drone strtigs, ae l thi
to genetic teola playing.
The Surmnam Indian dancers
were the nearest thing to
Solk deacers to go on stage
for Cariedbta's Indian shows,
their costumes not too stagey
and their choreography un-
pretentious and trany folk.
Surinam's Soekoe Maken-
dra Ballet presented two
dancers "in search of each
other as long as they need
each other," an interesting
r~nture of modern dance
and Afro contractions and
releases. The dancers are
not technically brilliant and
too often the choreography
descends into the disjointed,
ike an exhibition of exer-
cises strung together for the
benefit of a workshop.
The ballet dancers do
show some promise, however.
They'are lithe with a precise
sense of rhythm. With just
a bit more imaginative rou-

tine and with the necessary
exercises, they can very well
blossom into excellent danc-
ers crafting exquisite balets.
The Black Buba Oumfa
group were as good as the
many such groups we have
already had for Carifesta
and it is only the furious
syncopation of these se-
quences which allows for
some relief from the same-
ness of the Cumfa routines
at the festival.
The Surinam evening fi-
nale marked a novel depar-
ture from the other present-
ations. As the fire to be used
by the country's Djukas in
their dance was considered
dangerous for the theatre'
stage, the dancer took their
show on the forecourt of the
Centre and danced in the
open air, a setting which
seemed more at one with
their trlba celebratons.
With their prnitive con-
vocation ended, patrons Ieft
the centre grateful for the
unique chance to take a dose
look at Surinam culture en-
capstiued into two and a hall
dramatic hours.

THE SURINAM ballet dancers: not technically maagnn eeat
but lithe with a prelse feel for rhythm and in need of
more flowing ehoreographl.

A TOUTHFUL pair of Indian folk dancers from Surinam indulge in some horplay as
two dancers in the background execute a routine that is as ineffably folk as their cogtme.

ISUONAMI' padded and starthed Rotomid show. off their flashy prints with a swish of petti-
eoata and headtles.

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