Asia Pacific Dance Festival

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This is a listing of older East-West Center events (newer listed first).  See Events to get the list of current or upcoming events.

When: Jul 27 2017 (All day) until Aug 7 2017 (All day)
Where: Kennedy Theatre and East-West Center
What:

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. These activities foster diverse and dynamic types of interactions leading to opportunities for dialogue that increases cross-cultural understanding and respect for what we know and what we come to know.

Because the values and belief systems of people are embedded in their dances, dance is an ideal window through which to expand our understandings of others and to gain insights into our own worldview and those of others. Hence, the Festival recognizes similarity and diversity, and honors the past, the present, and the future by enhancing exposure to, and understanding of, many of the rich forms of dance from Asia and the Pacific.

Passes & Individual tickets NOW ON SALE!  Available online or call 808.956.8246

The APDF proudly features performances by international and local guest artists as well as events and lectures open to the public.

A co-production of the East-West Center Arts Program and the

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College


Event Passes

APDF Concerts Pass – $99
Pass is good for one admission to each of the four festival concerts.
Cost of one Asia Pacific Dance Festival concerts pass is $99, savings of $37.

APDF Concerts & Culinary Celebration Pass – $134
Pass is good for one admission to each of the four festival concerts and entrance to the pre-concert “Culinary Celebration” food and beverage event on August 5. Cost of one Asia Pacific Dance Festival concerts & Culinary Celebration pass is $134, a savings of $42.

(includes admission to Asia Pacific Dance Festival Ike Hana I and Ike Hana II concerts)

Led by APDF resident dance critics Lisa Kraus (USA) and Sal Murgiyanto (Indonesia) this workshop involves four sessions watching and writing about dance performance. Similar to the reality critics face, participants will file reviews 12 hours after the final curtain. They will learn to use language in sharp and economical ways, be focused and observant, select relevant details and shape a review around a dominant idea. Most importantly, they will learn to pay attention to their own prose, and to reflect accurately the events transpiring onstage. Participants meet for an introductory session, view and write about two days of performance, and then gather to share and critique their own and others' reviews. No "auditing" permitted; all participants will write.
 
Open to dance professionals, graduate level students, and undergraduate students, and anyone interested in writing, journalism, art criticism, and performance. Please call (+1-808-956-8246) or email (apdf@hawaii.edu) for more information.
 

Individual Events

Living the Art of Hula
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | 7:30pm

Kennedy Theatre

An enlightening evening of performance and conversation with key figures in the Hula community. Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang will host a “hula talk story” about Hapa Haole Hula. Joining him in the discussion and showcasing of hula of the time will be hula dancers Leimomi Maldonado, Kanoe Miller and their groups along with radio personality and creator of Territorial Air Waves, Harry Soria, Jr.

Local Motion! Talk Story: A Pre-show Conversation
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 | 1:15pm

Kennedy Theatre

FREE

An informal conversation about kumiwudui and what is happening in Okinawa today with comments by:

  • Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Nobuko Ochner, retired Associate Professor in Japanese, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa
  • Etsuko Higa, Lecturer, Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts
  • Kimiko Ohtani, Chancellor, Soai Gakuen, Japan


Local Motion!
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 | 2:00pm

Kennedy Theatre
Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu
Du usami: The Journey

Jimpu Kai USA invites you to celebrate its 40th anniversary with Du usami: The Journey, a voyage into the heart of Okinawa’s artistic traditions. Guided by Artistic Director Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Du usami: The Journey features a transformative, magical array of Okinawan dance, music, and kumiwudui, the classical dance-drama of the Ryukyu kingdom.

Critics’ Workshop Dance Building classroom
Friday, August 4, 2017 | 4:30pm

Part of the Dance Critics Workshop event.

Welcoming Ceremony
Friday, August 4, 2017 | 6:00pm

East-West Center Friendship Circle

FREE

An important element of the Festival where we invoke dance, music, and ceremony to welcome our guest artists and visiting companies.

Talk Story: A Pre-show Conversation
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 | 6:45pm

Kennedy Theatre

FREE

An opportunity to engage in conversation with our resident dance critics, Sal Murgiyanto (Indonesia) and Lisa Kraus (USA), discussing dance forms and topics to be seen in the performance.

I Ke Hana I
Ike Hana I + Culinary Celebration
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Kennedy Theatre

7:30pm | The first of two finale concerts featuring our resident guest artists: Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Waahila under the direction of Kumu Hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter, Kanokupolu Dancers, dancers of Tonga under the direction of Cotton Robusta Siale and guidance of Her Majesty Queen Nanasipauu, and Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS).

+ Culinary Celebration

5:00pm | Join us before the Ike Hana I concert for an evening honoring food and culture throughout Asia and the Pacific featuring the delicious creations of local chefs. Must be purchased in combination with an Ike Hana I concert ticket.

Talk Story: A Pre-show Conversation
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 | 1:15pm

Kennedy Theatre

FREE

An opportunity to engage in conversation with our resident dance critics, Sal Murgiyanto (Indonesia) and Lisa Kraus (USA), discussing dance forms and topics to be seen in the performance.

Ike Hana II
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 | 2:00pm

Kennedy Theatre

The second of two finale concerts featuring a different program from our resident guest artists: Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Waahila under the direction of Kumu Hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter, Kanokupolu Dancers, dancers of Tonga under the direction of Cotton Robusta Siale and guidance of Her Majesty Queen Nanasipauu, and Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS).

Talk Story: A Post-show Conversation
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 | 4:45pm

Jefferson Hall

FREE

An opportunity to engage in conversation with our resident company directors and dance critics, discussing how and why they do what they do.

Critics’ Workshop Dance Building classroom
Monday, August 7, 2017 | 11:00am

Part of the Dance Critics Workshop event.