Asia Pacific Dance Festival

July 22, 2019 - August 4, 2019
Mānoa Campus, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival showcases the finest dances, dancers, and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific. Centered on a series of performances, the Festival includes such complementary activities as workshops, university course offerings, public lectures, forums, and community demonstrations.

Festival Intensive, July 22-August 4 Join us for two weeks in Honolulu, Hawaii with the leading choreographers and dancers of Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific!

Under the guidance of University of Hawaii at Manoa dance faculty, participants of the intensive are immersed in a unique two-week technical, artistic, and theoretical exploration of cultural dance that expands the mind, body, and spirit. The intensive offers a rare opportunity to study with renowned international professionals while moving and learning alongside like-minded dancers from across the globe.

Living the Art of Hula, July 25 The first concert of the festival is a uniquely illuminating look at hula featuring performances, presentations, and discussions in one insightful evening. Attendees are transported beyond movement, delving into the stories, history, contemporary evolution, and legacy of this Hawaiian art form that has shaped our islands and spread throughout the world.

Local Motion!, July 28 This concert, a festival event showcasing the best of local dance companies, features Kikunobu Dance company, one of Hawai'i's finest Japanese classical dance ensembles.

Welcoming Ceremony, August 2 Free outdoor ceremony at EWC's Friendship Circle to welcome our resident artists.

Culinary Celebration, August 3 Join us before the Ike Hana concert for an evening honoring food and culture throughout Asia and the Pacific featuring the delicious creations of local chefs. A ticket to the Culinary Celebration includes admission to the Ike Hana I concert.

Festival Conference, August 2-4 Join us for a three-day conference offering the best of culture-based dance research, approaches, and issues.

The festival conference convenes over 30 noted scholars and experts from across the globe for a look at the historical views and contemporary themes informing cultural dance today. Participants are immersed in the rich knowledge of culture-based dance through conference speakers, presentations, panels, workshops, and performances in an intimate environment fostering collaboration, sharing, and building of relationships.

Ike Hana I, August 3 The first of two finale concerts featuring our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia), and Halau Hula Ka Noeau (Honolulu).

Ike Hana II, August 4 The second of two finale concerts featuring a different program from our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia), and Halau Hula Ka Noeau (Honolulu).

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Event Sponsor
UH Manoa Outreach College, Mānoa Campus

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