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From left: Alexus Johnson and Matt Fennelly in Winter Footholds: Glimpse. Photo by John Wells

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre and Department of Theatre and Dance present Winter Footholds: Glimpse at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, the second dance concert in the student showcase series.

The production brings together dance students, choreographers, technicians and designers in an intriguing presentation of contemporary dance. Featured works were created by PhD candidates in theater (performance studies), master of fine arts in dance candidates, master of arts in dance candidates and undergraduate students.

“We have some very talented undergraduate and graduate students,” said Jhalak Kara Miller, associate professor of dance. “I want them and their dances to be brilliantly successful and to inspire our community.”

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Candice Sarangay in Winter Footholds: Glimpse. Photo by John Wells

Student choreography and performances

Scott Felluss and Maria Teresa Houar present pre-show digital movement installations outside. Felluss’ “Rhythmic Animal” creates a visual environment, and Houar’s “Digital Traces” is an experimental movement research film.

Alexus Johnson choreographed “Perseverance,” a movement about finding peace and believing that people can push through their struggles.

Sophia Carter presents “Lagniappe Sugar,” an upbeat jazz and swing dance.

Angela Sebastian choreographed “ARCH,” focusing on the presence of women. She describes her inspiration for the piece as “a dance focused on recursively appearing within myself.”

Iana Weingard presents “Sōma,” a dance for camera film. Weingard describes the choreography as “an exploration of transposing dancing bodies across different spaces through video.”

Undergraduate students Charessa Fryc, Christianne Moss and Dulcianea Sabin, as well as alumna Bianca Moise, showcase their talent in choreographed and performed works.

Event information

  • February 20–23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online, by phone at (808) 944-2697 and at official outlets. Sales at the Kennedy Theatre box office begin February 18, 2019, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with extended hours on performance dates.