Francis Haar and the Dances of Hawai‘i

June 9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Hamilton Library, Eugene Yap Conference Room, Room A 153

In 2012, a $5,000 preservation grant from the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities was awarded to the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library for contact printing 261 negative sheets of photographs by the late Francis Haar.

The negatives related to an important item in the archives of the Francis Haar Collection: a manuscript for an unrealized book, “Hawaii Dances,” an unfinished collaboration between Haar, the late Carl Wolz (UH Dance faculty) and Professor Emerita Barbara Smith (UH Manoa Music faculty) covering virtually every dance form seen in the islands and also dance education.

The public is invited to celebrate the completion of this project:

Speaker: Lynn Davis, Humanities Scholar

Francis Haar and the Dance of the Contact Sheets

Francis Haar documented dance performances in Hawai`i for more than 25 years (1962-1988). By browsing the contact sheets made from Haar’s negatives, Hawaiian, Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian, Indian, Thai and Pacific dancers’ movements come alive in the sequence of frames. The sequential images are a map to explore this primary resource.

Born and raised in Hawai`i, Lynn Ann Davis is the Head of the Library’s Preservation Department. She is a photographer and has published articles and books on the history of photography in Hawai`i.

Refreshments to follow and there will be free on-campus parking.
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Free & open to public

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Library Services, Manoa Campus

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