Asia Pacific Dance Festival

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When: Jul 22 2019 (All day) until Aug 4 2019 (All day)
Where: Kennedy Theatre, UHM Orvis Auditorium, 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. This year the festival is themed Ho‘ala (Hawaiian for “to waken”).

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

BEST VALUE! 

Concerts and Culinary package

Package is good for one admission to each of the festival concerts and entrance to the pre-concert “Culinary Celebration” food and beverage event on August 3.

Cost of one Asia Pacific Dance Festival Concerts & Culinary Celebration package is $179, a savings of $37 off the adult ticket price.

Concerts package

Package is good for one admission to each of the festival concerts.

Cost of one Asia Pacific Dance Festival Concerts package is $99, a savings of $37 off the adult ticket price.


Individual Events

Festival Intensive
Monday, July 22, to Sunday, August 4

Under the guidance of University of Hawai‘i at Manoa dance faculty, the Festival Intensive is unique as it puts participants in direct contact with artists from throughout Asia, the Pacific, and Hawai‘i. The intensive includes technique, repertory, and movement sessions as well as lectures and discussions.

Join us for two weeks in Honolulu, Hawai‘i at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival with the leading choreographers and dancers of Hawai‘i, Asia & the Pacific!

Living the Art of Hula
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 7:30pm
Orvis Auditorium (2411 Dole St., Honolulu, HI)

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”.

Local Motion!
Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 4:00pm
Kennedy Theatre Main Stage (1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI)

With Kikunobu Dance Company, one of Hawai‘i’s finest Japanese classical dance ensembles.

Festival Conference
Ho‘ala—to waken
Friday, August 2, to Sunday, August 4
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Join us for a three-day conference centered on theories and practices of dance in Asia and the Pacific!

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival (APDF) Conference is held in conjunction with one of the premiere dance festivals in the region with a focus on Asia and the Pacific.  APDF showcases the uniqueness and quality of dance, dancers, and choreographers throughout this part of the world with classes, performances, workshops, outreach and ceremonial activities. The Festival Conference seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty, independent scholars and individuals involved in dance in diverse ways to share traditional and practice-based research and dance concerns with an international audience.

Welcoming Ceremony
Friday, August 2, 2019 | 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.

Ike Hana I + Culinary Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Kennedy Theatre Main Stage (1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI)

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.

7:30pm | The first of two finale concerts featuring our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia, Canada), and H?lau Hula Ka No‘eau (Honolulu)

‘Ike Hana I concert ONLY (tickets)

Ike Hana II
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 2:00pm
Kennedy Theatre Main Stage (1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI)

The second of two finale concerts featuring a different program from our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia, Canada), and Halau Hula Ka No‘eau (Honolulu).

Talk Story: A Post-show Conversation
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 4:45pm
East-West Center

FREE EVENT

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

Primary Contact Info:
Phone: 956-8246