Rise Up!May 1, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Mānoa Campus, The Kennedy Theatre
April 24, 25, 26 & May 1, 2, 2020
FRI/SAT at 7:30pm
SUN 4/26 at 2:00pm
Annual Dance Concert
Directed by Betsy Fisher
Rise Up! presents dance as a potent expression of social consciousness and features choreography by seminal dance figures Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow, and more.
Lewis Allan’s poem about lynchings, “Strange Fruit,” also recorded as a single by Billie Holiday, will be embodied in Primus’ powerful choreography.
McKayle’s majestic “I’ve Known Rivers” and Sokolow’s riveting “Steps of Silence” will also take the stage.
Audience input will influence a work choreographed by UH Manoa dance faculty entitled “Vote.”
The age of Aquarius dawns in part two, with selections from the 1968 Broadway hit, Hair, accompanied by a live rock band with choreography and musical direction by Honolulu’s own Andrew Sakaguchi.
Rise Up! shows in colorful, imaginative action, that dance creates powerful and glorious social statements.
Theatre + Dance, Mānoa Campus