Collection DOC 394 - Cook Islands Betela Dance Troupe - Performances in Japan

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Cook Islands Betela Dance Troupe - Performances in Japan


  • 1971 - 1976 (Creation)

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1 reel; Colour microfilm: 35mm perforated

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The Betela Dance Troupe grew out of the Betela Youth Club formed in 1960 on Rarotonga by Mrs Lily Jonassen. The Jonassen family was prominent in the troupe with Anne Jonassen for many years troupe leader. Its repertoire of Polynesian traditional dances included fire, drum and war dances, and others such as Ru's canoe, created by Jon Jonassen. Between 1968 and 1977 the troupe made many visits to Japan, in 1976 staying 6 months on Namegawa Island and taking part in Japanese television dramas. See also Jon Jonassen: The Betela Dance Troupe through the years in PMB 1001: Pambu 3(2) January-March 1989.

5 brochures of colour photographs and Japanese text, with occasional English captions. Dated between 1972 and 1976, they provide scenes of dances performed on Namegawa and elsewhere in Japan, and include a history and description of the Betela Dance Troupe with photographs and biographical details for Anne Jonassen and all other troupe members dancing at the time of the visits.

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