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

Contact: Jessica L. Jacob, Publicity Director
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April 4, 2005

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UH STUDENTS PRESENT VARIETY OF NEW WORKS IN DANCE CONCERT

The University of Hawai‘i at M~noa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Spring Footholds: Moving Images" showcasing new choreography by Master of Fine Arts candidate Nicole Pouliot and Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Desmond Kane Balbin, Kelly Del Rosario, Arturo C. Mariano, Elizabeth Merida, and Jacqueline Nii. "Spring Footholds: Moving Images" displays a wide variety of modern dance styles as well as digital media technology, original and live music. "Spring Footholds: Moving Images" will be performed in Kennedy Theatre’s Earle Ernst Lab Theatre May 4, 5, 6, 7 at 8 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. A post-show rap follows the performance on Friday, May 6.

MFA dance candidate Pouliot will present two new works in partial completion of her thesis work. "Soul Scratchings" is a solo, danced by Pouliot, set to blues music. "Scape" features dance to an original musical composition by Minneapolis-based composer Will Fehlow.

The rest of the program features works choreographed by Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance candidates. Balbin, a graduate of Kamehameha schools, premieres "Skeletons in the Closet." This piece explores the psychological turmoil of obtaining and concealing vices and employs digital media technology. Del Rosario, a graduate of Mililani High School, will premiere "Bodyprints." For this piece, live music has been composed by and will be performed by the group "Sambanda." Del Rosario will utilize movements from capoeira, hip-hop, and modern dance to illustrate the themesof strength and rebellion.

Mariano, a graduate of Aiea High School, will premiere new choreography based on the concept of energy and how it can be transferred to a body in different forms. He takes inspiration from qualitative ideas explored in the movement analysis system known as Choreology. Merida will also present her new choreography, "Encounters," through which a small ensemble of dancers explores physical aspects of human relationships. Accompanying the piece will be a new composition by UHM music student David Langfelder which will be performed live by four undergraduate music students. Nii, a graduate of Mid-Pacific School of the Arts, will present "Cause of One" which premiered in 2005 at Marks Garage. This work focuses on shapes as well as action and reaction between bodies.

Tickets for "Spring Footholds: Moving Images" go on sale Monday, May 2. Prices are $10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Spring 05 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 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. http://www.etickethawaii.comA $2.00 service charge will be applied to all charge-by-phone sales. For more information or

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WHAT: "Spring Footholds: Moving Images"

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance

WHEN: May 4, 5, 6*, 7 at 8pm
May 8 at 2pm
*post-show rap

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

TICKET PRICES:$10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students w/ valid Spring 2005 UHM ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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