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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
Phone: (808) 956-2598
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email: theatre-pr@hawaii.edu

February 1, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"SWOOP, TUMBLE, FLY: THE ART OF MOTION"

The University of Hawai#iat M~noaís Department of Theatre & Dance is pleased to present "Swoop, Tumble, Fly: The Art of Motion," featuring the rhythms of African fusion dance, the grace of hula set in the Victorian era, and a collaborative piece that takes the dancers to new heights while suspended on ropes. Two diverse modern works round out the program. "Swoop, Tumble, Fly: The Art of Motion" will be performed on the mainstage of UHMís Kennedy Theatre March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m., and March 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Audience members should be sure to arrive early not to miss the live African-style drumming that precedes the African fusion piece that opens the concert. Internationally acclaimed African dance specialist Chuck Davis trained the sixteen dancers in a residency last fall. "Illuminating the Spirit," created by Davis, integrates dance and music forms from several African cultures with Davisí western choreographic sensibility to create a piece characterized by the dancers as "very vigorous, lively and exhausting!"

"Threads," choreographed by dance faculty member Kristi Burns, is a look at the subtleties of courage and fear. A six member ensemble contributed their creativity to this composition that incorporates partnering skills and release techniques.

The next work featured on the program, Victoria Urisí "Breakers," is a high-spirited romp through the music of Franz Schubert. Guest instructor Odette Blum, Professor Emerita at Ohio State University, is re-staging Urisí choreography using a cadre of UHM dance students. Blum brings "Breakers" to life from its Labanotation score, a system of symbols used to transcribe movements of the body.

Set in the Hawaiian Monarchy era, "Kumu Honua...Creation" was choreographed by Kumu Hula and Dance M.F.A. candidate Michael Pili Pang. The piece was debuted in a performance with the Honolulu Symphony earlier this season. "Kumu Honua...Creation" is

in the "hula kuíi" style and will be accompanied by Haydnís classical masterwork, "The Creation."

The finale, "One Flight Up," was created by UHM dance and design faculty in collaboration with student dancers. In this piece, the dancers crawl, fly, spin, ascend and careen through space on ropes creating stunning sculptural and evocative forms.

"Swoop, Tumble, Fly: The Art of Motion" received funding support from the following: Diversity and Equity Initiative ("Breakers"), URC Special Funding for Scholarly and Creative Works ("One Flight Up"), F.I.P.S.E./Federal Institute for Post-Secondary Education Grant through the UH Education Outreach Program in conjunction with ArtBridge America ("Illuminating the Spirit").

Tickets go on sale at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office, outlets, and on the internet on Tuesday, February 22. Prices are $15 regular; $12 seniors, military, UH Faculty/staff, $10 Non-UHM students; and $3 for UHM students with validated UHM Spring 2005 I.D. For more information, charge-by-phone or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre box office at 956-7655 (voice/text) during regular box office hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.etickethawaii.com or charge-by-outlet phone at 944-2697. A $2.00 per ticket service charge will be applied to all charge-by-phone, outlet and internet sales.

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WHAT: "SWOOP, TUMBLE, FLY: THE ART OF MOTION"

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8pm,
March 13 at 2pm

WHERE: UHMís Kennedy Theatre Mainstage

TICKET PRICES:$15 regular, $12 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $10 non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Spring 05 UHM student ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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