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

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October 20, 2004

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"FALL FOOTHOLDS II: YOU ARE THE MIRROR" FEATURING WAYLES E.S. HAYNES

The University of Hawai'i at M~noa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of "Fall Footholds II: You are the Mirror," a dance concert of choreography created exclusively by M.F.A. Dance candidate Wayles E. S. Haynes. "You are the Mirror" is a reflection of Haynes’ experiences in Hawai’i as well as her lifelong love of dance and is expressed in tap, contemporary ballet and modern dance. "Fall Footholds II: You are the Mirror" will be performed November 17, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 2 p.m. in the Kennedy Theatre Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. A post-show rap follows the performance on Friday, November 19.

In a representative piece from the concert, entitled "The Mirror," choreography by Haynes was influenced by the tumultuous world events of 2004. According to Haynes, the piece has become an "exploration of tension in relationships," and asks the question, "How much stress can a system take before it breaks?" An ensemble of eight dancers will perform "The Mirror," investigating these ideas and "pushing the boundaries of trust" with a sweeping style characterized by catch and release.

Another featured work is "Audience Sit-study," inspired by the idea of being an audience member during a performance. In her choreography, Haynes transforms mundane acts to the level of the fantastic by abstracting the shared experiences of audience boredom, amusement, fascination, and more. Additionally, Haynes questions through dance "socially unacceptable behavior with no consequences" She hopes to engage the audience with delightful and surprisingly relevant reflections of their own experience as watcher.

Haynes will also perform two of her solo works. "The Blame Game" explores through modern dance the more contemporary and politically charged concepts of assigning blame and accepting responsibility. First premiered during 2004 "Spring Footholds," "Fiesta Mo-jo" is a tap dancing piece set to the music of Dizzy Gillespie. Light-hearted and sometimes flirtatious, it is an exercise in complicated rhythms that recall the smooth tapping style of the golden era of movie musicals. Other recent performances by Haynes include "Prada not Chanel" created by Jennifer Butler for Convergence Dance Theatre’s "Our Consuming Culture," and "Tapology" in UHM’s 2004 "Art, Music and Dance Fest!" a duet of tap and string bass choreographed by Peggy Gaither Adams.

Tickets for "Fall Footholds II: You are the Mirror" go on sale Monday, November 15th. Prices are $10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Fall 04 UHM photo ID. Tickets may be charged-by-phone at 956-7655 (voice/text) or purchased in person at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. http://www.etickethawaii.comA $2.00 service charge will be applied to all charge-by-phone sales. For more information or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (voice/text).

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WHAT: "Fall Footholds II: You are the Mirror"

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: November 17, 18, 19*, 20 at 8pm
November 21 at 2pm
*post-show rap

WHERE: UHM’s Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre

TICKET PRICES:$10 regular, $7 non-UHM students, seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students
w/ valid Fall 2004 UHM ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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