Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
L. Jacob, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
January 29, 2004
CREATIVE EXPLOSION: UHM’S "MUSIC, ART AND DANCE FEST!"
COMBINES HAWAII’S GREAT TALENTS
The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s
Department of Theatre and Dance is collaborating with musicians and artists from
the Music and Art Departments to present an expanded dance concert: "Music, Art
and Dance Fest!" Live music performances will be combined with diverse dance
forms and art department visuals. Artworks will transform the upper and lower
lobbies of the Kennedy Theatre into a gallery. UHM’s "Music, Art and Dance
Fest!" will be on the Kennedy Theatre mainstage March 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m.
The concert opens with hula kahiko directed by Vicky Holt
Takamine. A piece choreographed by Eve Walstrum Sanders follows; five ballet
dancers pair with five musicians directed by Grant Okamura performing original
music by former UH Music Faculty Armand Russell. Emerging from UH retirement for
this event, Russell will attend the performance with his wife Sandra Hammond,
the former UHM Director of Dance. Also coming out of UH retirement for the
"Music, Art and Dance Fest!" is Neil McKay. Directed by Pat Hennessey, McKay’s
music played by the UH Jazz Ensemble underscores the choreography of Director of
Dance Gregg Lizenbery
In a work choreographed by UH Dance Faculty Peggy Gaither
Adams that incorporates visuals from UH Art Department’s Don Dugal, two dancers
take the stage with Martin Regan on shakuhachi and Diane Rubio on cello with
music composed by Regan. Two more works choreographed by Adams include a sand
dance to Neil McKay’s "Sof’ Slippa" performed by the UHM Jazz Ensemble, and an
intricate duet featuring tap-dancer Wayles Haynes and composer Ernie Provencher
on string bass.
Choreography by UH Dance Faculty Betsy Fisher will be
combined with live readings of the poetry of Billy Collins, named Poet Laureate
in 2000, and live jazz performance. The final poem of the piece, "Question of
Angels," has inspired a comical tone for the dance and costumes.
Flowing, jewel-toned costumes ornament the eight dancers
in a piece created by new UH Faculty Kristi Burns. Her work features a vocal
score by Music Department Faculty Takeo Kudo which is performed by the dancers.
The finale of this eclectic arts extravaganza is a collection of hapa haole hula
with choreography by Takamine, music arranged by McKay for the Jazz Ensemble,
and vocalists directed by Karen Kennedy. Costume design for the concert is by UH
Theatre Faculty Sandra Finney with lighting design by new Kennedy Theatre
Technical Director Daniel Anteau.
Tickets for UHM’s mainstage dance concert: "Music, Art and
Dance Fest!" go on sale Monday, February 23 at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office.
Tickets may be purchased in person or charged-by-phone at 956-7655 (voice/text)
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 regular, $12
seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $10 non-UHM students, children, $3 UHM
students with validated Spring 2004 UHM photo ID. Tickets may also be purchased
through Ticketmaster at all Times Supermarket Stores, online at
or charge by phone at
1-877-750-4400. Service charges apply on Ticketmaster sales. For more
information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box
office at 956-7655 (voice/text).
"Music, Art & Dance Fest"
When: March 5, 6, 12 & 13th at 8:00pm
March 14th at 2pm
Where: UHM's Kennedy Theatre Mainstage
$12 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff
$10 non-UHM students
$3 UHM students with validated Spring 2004 UHM student ID