Experience the finest dances, dancers and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival. This year’s theme is “journeys” and the festival will showcase New Zealand’s Atamira Dance Company, Taiwan’s Taipei National University of the Arts, Korea’s Samulgwangdae and Hawaiʻi’s Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua.
Besides spectacular performances, the festival also includes activities such as workshops, university course offerings, public lectures, forums and community demonstrations that aim to increase understanding about these important cultural art forms.
Performances are held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre and the classes, workshops and other activities are held at the East-West Center and in the community.
- July 8–26
Over the course of three weeks students enjoy technique and repertory classes taught by the festival artists, as well as a Dance in World Cultures academic class taught by UH dance faculty.
- Thursday, July 11
Living the Art of Hula
7:30 p.m., Kennedy Theatre, tickets are $5 to $60
A conversation and performance with nā kumu hula Robert Cazimero, Michael Pili Pang and Vicky Holt Takamine. These kumu hula have been leaders in the hula community for the past three decades. The performance is divided into two parts—the first half is a conversation with the kumu hula and the second half will be a hula concert showcasing their creative choreography.
- Sunday, July 14
Samulgwangdae—Dance and Drums of Korea
2 p.m., Kennedy Theatre, tickets are $10 to $60
The members of Samulgwangdae are boyhood friends, protègès of samulnori master drummer Kim Duk Soo, and are now internationally touring, virtuoso percussionists in their own right. Thrill to their contemporary and theatrical reinterpretations of traditional farmers’ band music, shamanistic ceremonies and acrobatic military exercises.
- Friday, July 19
2013 Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Welcoming Ceremony
6 p.m., East-West Center Friendship Circle, free and open to the public
A welcome ceremony featuring the festival’s artists.
- Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
A different performance each day with the festival’s featured artists Atamira Dance Company, Taipei National University of the Arts, and Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua.
- Sunday, July 21
2013 Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Humanities Forum
4:45 p.m., East-West Center’s Imin Center-Jefferson Hall
Sunday’s performance is followed by a discussion with the visiting artists and special guest dance critics Deborah Jowitt and Steve Villaruz.
Tickets are available online, by phone at (808) 944-2697, or at any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique Store in Ward Center and the UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office), service charges apply. Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the performance. For more information call (808) 956-8246.