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Dancers seek balance and strength in “Darkness in the Light,” a piece from Winter Footholds. Tomomi Jane Hara developed the butoh based choreography for the piece. (Photo by Chesley Cannon)


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance presents the second installment of this season’s Winter Footholds series, showcasing new choreography by graduate and undergraduate dance students at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, January 28–31 at 8 p.m. and February 1 at 2 p.m. More than 40 student dancers, choreographers, technicians and designers have worked to create a concert that demonstrates the breadth of the department’s training.

The Winter Footholds concert, titled Echo, focuses on the concepts of relationships, social change and the journey of life. The dance concert explores interdisciplinary collaboration including original music scores and video projection design. From choreography to lighting, dancing to sound, artists and technicians from all different walks of life join together to produce this art.

The featured undergraduate senior project piece “The Journey,” choreographed by Roxy Takaesu, highlights the actual journey dancers take when choosing dance as a career, from the stressful competition of auditions to the pressures of rehearsals and performance.

Winter Footholds pieces

  • Terry Slaughter, “Listen, I’ll Show You”
  • Kapono Aiwohi-Kim, “One Chance”
  • Terry Slaughter, “Listen, I’ll Show You”
  • Tomomi Jane Hara, “Darkness in the Light”
  • Mareva Minerbi, “Lifeline to Somewhere…, ” with artwork by Donna Louie
  • Jessica Dzienkowski, “Hello Baby”
  • Faith Im and Laurie Hubbs, jazz and contemporary dance piece

Ticket information

Tickets are available online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697 and at the Kennedy Theatre box office. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with extended hours on performance dates.

Ticket prices

  • $18 general admission
  • $16 for seniors/military/UH faculty and staff
  • $13 for non-UH Mānoa students
  • $8 for UH Mānoa students with a valid spring 2015 UH Mānoa ID

All service fees are included in ticket prices. For more information, please visit the Kennedy Theatre website or call the theatre at (808) 956-7655. For disability access, please call the theatre.

A UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre news release

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