Sublette, Ned

Enter Babalu-Aye, Crawling on the Floor by Ned Sublette


Additional Information

  • Circa: 2000
  • Size: 16'' x 20''
Cuba folkloric performance, c. 2000. "Babalu-Aye (syncretized with the Catholic San Lazaro) is the Dahomeyan god of sickness and health. He has leprosy and is lame. This dancer is a member of Yoruba Andabo. The show, in the seedy pre-revolutionary Cabaret Las Vegas in Centro Habana, was on December 16th, which is the eve of Babalu-Aye. As a special salute, they performed this dance, which is not a regular part of their program. The dancer made a gripping entrance: he came in from the back of the room crawling through the audience, his face on the grubby cabaret floor, pulling himself along laboriously by his hands. Over the course of the dance, pushed by the drums, he came to dance upright, frenetically." - Ned Sublette

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