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Sunday, October' 22, 1972


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Sunday, October 22, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three


Malvina Reynolds at the Ark



Arts Editor
In the midst of a system which
forces people into old age before
their time and convinces them
that they have grown not wise
but socially useless, it is only
fitting that a woman of 72 years
who has spent the greater por-
tion of her life writing against
that system should have . pre-
served her youth so well.
Why has white-haired folk-
singer/writer Malvina Reynolds
remained young? "By being in-
terested in people," she says.
"People are fun to be with, fun
to work for."
Singing at the Ark Friday
night, Malvina shared with her
audience not only well-written
lyrics but her personal experi-
ences from which the lyrics had
Many of her songs have been
made famous by other artists.
Songs like "Little Boxes" made
famous by Pete Seeger; "Turn
Around" made famous by Harry
Belafonte and "What Have They
Done to the Rain" made famous
by Joan Baez.
Somehow though, they gained
a certain vitality and meaning-
fulness when sung by the writer
Malvina writes in "resistance
to the way the world is going."
Her songs focus on environmen-
tal problems, inflation, the strug-
gles of women, blacks and the
poor . . .

And although she doesn't ex-
pect her songs to do "wonders"
in bringing about change, she
does believe that "Music reaches
out; it's not hostile . . . even
people who don't agree with me
will usually listen."
Often -asked to sing for church
groups, what she usually tells
them is that they're "hooked on
Don't be so neat,
Don't be so bloody clean.
Lady McBeth she washed her
Blood could still be seen.
Not all of her songs, however,
are serious social critiques.
Songs like "Magic Penny:"
Love is something
if you give it away
You end up
having more
Or another, that prompted the
audience to join in and sing:
Do you think you've hit bot-
"There's a bottom below.
Malvina told the group gath-
ered at the Ark Friday- that she
would soon become a regular on
the educational television pro-
gram Sesame Street. "The kids
are delightful, so responsive; it's
teaching in a pleasant way."
She then sang a delightful song
inspired by one child's observa-
tion that you can't make a turtle
come out of its shell.-
With an English doctorate in
her background, Malvina had


Daily Photo by DENNY GAINER
Malvina Reynolds


Dancers of Mali

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once intended to teach, until
"politics got in the way." She
describes herself as one of the
"old-time Socialists" who work-
ed with trade unions and helped
to organize teaching assistants
on the Berkeley campus.
When people first began to ac-
tively oppose the war and other
problems, songs were "conscious-
ly political," remembers t h e
woman who has herself written
over 500 songs.
Today, however, she finds that
political and social awareness
"expresses itself so often in mu-
sic . .. as if it has become part
of breathing and thinking, almost
taken for granted by the'young
. . . and thus more powerful,
more poetical."
Now settled in the Berkeley
area, Malvina finds the college
environment "comfortable."
"Becoming an adult today
means accepting the unaccept-


Dancers of Mali - National En-
semble of the Republic of Mali;
Mamsdou Badian Kouyate, Artistic.
Director; Power Center, Fri. Oct. 20,
8 P.M. Choice Series of the Univer-
sity Musical Society.
Friday's performance given by
the Dancers of Mali was pure-
ly an invigorating and dynamic
source of dance experience.
As one would expect from Af-
rican dancing, the Malians' mus-
ical timings was simply incred-
ible. Weaving an utter tapestry
of sound into the most intricate
and complex rhythmical pat-
terns. The dancers seemed on
the edge of frenzy; they were
so much a part of the beat of
the music that every accented
motion of their heads, arms or
feet extended the sound further
into the seats of the audience.
Each dance began at the
pounding of the second drum,
while offstage one could hear
the chants of the women coming
closer. As they sang, their should-
ers and hips gave way in uni-
son to the lyrics of their songs.
The woman were particularly re-
markable in the ensemble work,
for within the framework of
tricky movement, each dancer
gave an individual performance
in their free flowing style.
Most of the dances were thea-
trically based, incorporating the
use of mime,* masks and very ela-
borate costuming. The use of
tam-tam, kora, flute and gourd-



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like string instrument added di-
mension to the weight of every
The dances themselves were
beautifully choreographed using
a lot of linear and circular forms
-reflecting the tribal structure.
The down beats, level changes, di-
rectional flow and dynamics were
indicative of their artistry.
The performance gave a bal-
anced insightful picture of their
existence, the relationships be-
tween men and women, often fun-
ny, always joyous. The "Dance of
the Hunter," the "Sonuo" or
"Festive Harvest Dance," t h e
artful impersonations of spirits
and animals, brought the viewer
to the center of tribal life. In
the "Dance of Possedes," hu-
man drama occurred as the
whole tribe joined forces to save
the soul of a young girl from an
evil demon.
Though at times the dancers'
attitude seemed relaxed, the
skills and performance quality of
this group cannot be questioned
in its world ranking. One could
only marvel at acrobatic f e a t s
which competed only with the
Russians in daring. The extreme-
lv flexible use of torso and limbs,
the tempos and rhythm, the acro-
batic and ensemble work, the
enchanting lyrics combined to
create an intense communicating
The entire momentum of the
performance, each dance adding
and outdoing the previous, cli-
maxed with the audience clapping
ferociously in -time to the drums.
The movement was so well com-
municated that the impetus to
dance was aroused in every one.




Sleuth: Tale with, twists galore

Bargain Feature
Bruce Dern in
o >. Sunday Only-- 1:00, 3:00
not continuous with
And Now For Something"

Sleuth, by Anthony Shaffer; star-
ring George Rose and David Havi-
land; directed by Warren Crane; Wil-
11am Rittman; Power Center, Sat.-
Sun., Oct. 21-22; presented by Pro-
fessional Theater Program of U-M.
The PTP season started off
with a bang yesterday, with An-
thony Shaffer's Tony Award-
winning mystery Sleuth. As a
script it is delicious. The dia-
logue offers endless lines of one-
upmanship, pungent comments
on marriage and the difference
between British and Contineital
lifestyles: The plot is full of
ingenious twists, and things
never lag for long, if at all.
The performance yesterday
afternoon lacked, as matinees
often do, a sense of real energy
and I felt that there were a few
instances of slow pacing; other-
wise it was most entertaining.
George Rose, veteran of num-
erous Broadway shows and thir-
ty films, turns in a powerful
performanceras Andrew Wyke,
thriller writer and games play-
er par excellence. Finishing his
latest mystery, he is interrupted

by the arrival of Milo Tindle,
played by David Haviland. From
there the plot is best left unde-
scribed; it need only be said that
crime is soon in the air, and
there is plenty of action and sus-
The two major characters fill
the stage with movement, Rose
impersonating characters from
his novels for high comedic ef-
fect. Haviland's performance is
disappointing. He seems to strain
to project, has a tendency to
throw lines away that might ac-
tually be quite funny, and ap-
pears rather stiff and tight-jaw-
ed, overcharacterizing the brash,
young Continental type.
Herbert Bott adds a comic
touch with his dour-faced per-
formance as the police inspec-

tor, and Martin Pagiaro and
Frank Sturtevant help things
along at the finish.
The set is an appropriately
half-phony austere mansion, and
the variety of special devices
and props is great.
Games play an important
part in Sleuth, from riddles to
more sinister sport. The biggest
game of all is Shaffer's; con-
stantly leading the audience in
the wrong direction, his shatter-
ing finish comes after a volley
of brilliant plot twists through-
Sleuth keeps us hopping and
makes excellent entertainment.
And there's enough good mater-
ial in it to make it worthwhile
seeing again, even after the mys-
tery element is lost.

able; I feel most at home with
young people because to them
the world is still new and some-
thing that can be changed . .
a good number of them have not
yet been beaten down."
And this is perhaps why Mal-
vina Reynolds has been able to
retain her youth. For not only
does she physically appear to be
a women years younger than her
age, but her outlook on life, her
belief in the possibilities of
change, her responsiveness to
people - these have all combin-
ed to keep her delightfully alive.
Friday evening was an intro-
duction both to a talented artist
and a woman who leads me to
believe that no-one need grow
6:00 2 Log of the Sinema
4 News, Weather, Sports
7 Movie
"The Journey" (59) Yul Bryn-
ner is a Russian officer during
the 1946 Hungarian revolt.
9 U.F.O.
50 Star Trek
6:30 2 Norman Rockwell's World
.An American Dream
4 Meet The Press
56 Consumer Game
7:002 TV 2 Reports
4 George Pierrot-Travel
9 Tom Jones
50 Lawrence Welk
56 A Public Affair/Election '72
7:30 4 World of Disney
56 Just Generation
8:00 2 M*A*S*H
9 Sunday at Nine
50 Let Me Tell You Alout a
Song: Merle Haggard
56 International Performance
8:30 2 Sandy Duncan
4 McMillan and Wife
9:00 2 Dick Van Dyke
7 24 Movie
The "Adventurers" (70) the jet
set swings in a South American
country hit by revolution.-
9 Weekend
56 Masterpiece Theatre
50 Detroit show
9:30 2 11 Mannix
50 Nitty Gritty
10:00 4 13 Night Gallery
9 CBC News-George Finstad
56 Firing Line
50 Lou Gordon
10:15 9 Religious Scope
10:30 2 Aaron Copeland
4 Profiles in Black
9 Rex Humbard
11:00 2 4 News, Weather, Sports
11:30 2 Name of the Game
4 Wild Wild West
9 Movie
'"A Time for.Killing" (67) Harsh
Civil War story set in the
Utah-Arizona desert.
50 For My People
12:00 50 Man in a Suitcase
12:15 7 News, Weather, Sports
12:30 4 News
12:45 7 Movie
"Les Girls" (57) Gene Kelly,
a dancer in Paris hoofs to me-
morable Cole Poter score.
1:0 2 Grambling Football
2:00 2 Golden Gospel
2:30 2 News
2:45 7 News
6:00 2 4 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 Eddie's Father
50 Flintstones
56 Course of Our Times
6:30 2 CBS News
4 NBC News
7 ABC News
9 Jeannie
50 Gilligan's Island (BW)
56 Love Tennis
7:Q0 2 Truth or Consequences
4 4News, Weather, Sports
See TN., Page 7



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DRAMA-PTP's Sleuth continues today at the Power Center
with shows at 3 and 8. Beckett's Endgame, produced by
University Players continues tonight at 8 in Frieze Build-
ing's Arena Theater.
FILM-Cinema II repeats the Marx Brothers' A Day At The
Races in Angell Hall, Aud. A. tonight at 7, 9. Les Bonnes
Femmes is being shown by Cinema Guild tonight at 7
and 9:05 in Arch. Aud. Tomorrow night, Cinema Guild
presents Metropolis in the Arch. Aud. at 7, 9:05. About
this film Daily reviewer David Gruber says:
According to one theory, Metropolis arose from the
confused psyche of the pre-World War II German mid-
dle class. Directed by Fritz Lang in 1926, it concerns a
clash between a powerful industrialist and his laborers,
a situation thinly masking the Germans' conflicting
desires for totalitarianism and democracy. The settings
are futuristic; the world is presented in abstract images.
MUSIC-Benefit concert for the McGovern campaign tonight
at 8 at the First Unitarian Church (1917 Washtenaw).
David Bromberg will appear at the Ark tonight through
the 24th at 9.


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