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Media Release

Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Jessica L. Jacob, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)

April 5, 2004


The University of Hawai‘i at M~noa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Spring Footholds: Suggestions Under Consideration" featuring the premiere of original choreography by Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Malia Bowlby, Larisa Eastman, Janie Ewing and Christopher Steven Quiocho. Additional works by fellow students with diverse backgrounds in ballet, modern, Pacific and Asian dance forms will round out the eclectic program. "Spring Footholds" will be performed May 5, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Kennedy Theatre Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. A post-show rap follows the performance on Friday, May 7.

Malia Bowlby, from Clallam Bay, Washington, has performed in Kennedy Theatre’s "Eco-Circus," "Art, Music and Dance Fest," "Moral," and several "Footholds" productions. In addition to dance, Bowlby has performed roles from a dancing stilt-walking gorilla to an alcoholic housewife. Experience from attending a semester at the London Contemporary Dance School and her versatile performance background contribute to Bowlby’s curiously interesting choreography.

Janie Ewing began dancing at the age of five in a small town in South Dakota. She further expanded upon her background in ballet, tap and jazz with an introduction to modern dance during her first year in college. Recently returning from a semester at the London Contemporary Dance School, Ewing incorporates her newfound interest in contact improvisation and electronic music into her choreographic debut.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Larisa Eastman began her dance training with the Chicago City Ballet. She has participated in both the traditional and experimental theatre communities in Chicago and has played leading roles in several Shakespearean plays. Eastman’s featured "Footholds" piece is inspired by and experiments with the music of Prokofiev’s "Sonata for Two Violins." Eastman departs for the London Contemporary Dance School after graduation.

From downtown Honolulu, Christopher Steven Quiocho will employ nine dancers in his vigorous and high-energy choreographic contribution to "Footholds." Quiocho most recently appeared in Kennedy Theatre’s "Art, Music & Dance Fest" on the Mainstage and has performed in numerous "Footholds" productions. He has also performed at Mark’s Garage as well as throughout Hawai‘i as a member of the UHM Dance Ensemble, the department’s community outreach program.

Tickets for "Spring Footholds: Suggestions Under Consideration" go on sale Monday, May 3rd 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 $10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Spring UHM photo ID. For more information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (voice/text).


"Spring Footholds: Suggestions Under Consideration"

When: May 5, 6, 7*, 8 at 8pm

May 9 at 2pm

* post-show rap

Where: UHM's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

$10 regular,

$8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students,

$3 UHM students with validated Spring 2004 UHM student ID


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