The Arthur Hall Collection and Ile Ife Films, Inc.

What Arthur Hall does may be called dance,
but it is also a kind of culture‐making
rarely seen and sorely needed.

The Arthur Hall Collection
2018 Annual Report

Arthur was an original genius.
Whatever this collection will be,
it will serve to show those young people
coming through just the kind of heritage
they have before them.

Barbara Kinney and Ruth Mills
perform Obatala for the filming of

ILE IFE (House of Love)
by Ray Hartung et al (1973, 16mm, 25:23)

Arthur Hall Obatala
by Bruce Williams et al (2018 digital video, 20:00)
Composed from 16mm and 8mm film and videotapes preserved with digital masters for
the Arthur Hall Collection by Ile Ife Films, the footage spans 23 years, from
Ray Hartung's ILE IFE House of Love (1973)
to the ILE IFE Philadelphia Maine concerts (1995).
This 2018 "Winter Solstice Iteration" premiered at the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
December 8, 2018.

Links to other films:

Snake Dance Teacher Dance
by Bruce Williams et al (1977, 16mm, 17:31)

Orisun Omi (The Well)
by Bruce Williams (1978-1982, 16mm, 28:56)

Arthur Hall in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood #1436 (excerpt posted 2015, 14:57)
Original broadcast April 21, 1975

Featured Films:

Renaissance on Sacred Ground
by Bruce Williams et al (2008-2017, 13:43)

Bobby Artis Tribute Rehearsal
by Bruce Williams (2012, 4:52)

Odunde 1995
(In Memoriam Lois Fernandez)

by Bruce Williams et al (1995, 16mm, 7:00)

Arthur Hall's Ahimsa: Non-violence
by Little Harbor School (1991, VHS, 1:02:55)

Trip to Philadelphia
by Bruce Williams (2014, DV, 6:15)

Arthur Hall Collection Films and Videos on Vimeo
Interviews and Oral Histories
Camera Tapes and other research resources

Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts was an original member of the AADE,
created most of the costumes for the company, and
created over 4,300 color slides
now in the Arthur Hall Collection, including:

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Dance Conga with Arthur Hall and Penny Vaden.
"... she was a principal dancer along with Karen, Carol, and Vangie,
when I first came to the center in 1968. Her mate was George Cannon, a man of small
stature, but he was a Master on the Bata Drums. They are both deceased, but I can
still see him in my mind's eye, drumming along with Farel, James Corry, Bobby Artis,
Jojo on cowbell, and Obaka on shekere," writes Barbara Kinney. (April 2018)

Arthur Hall Collection Finding Aid
with a link to the AHC moving image database

More Arthur Hall Collection Materials

About ILE IFE Films
History - Mission Statement - 2018 Annual Report
Digital Archive Project
November 2011

Arthur Hall Collection Photo Albums on Facebook

Honor Roll of Donors and Contributors
The Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble Alumni
Index of subdirectories | Bibliography

Contact us

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