Monday, October 4, 2004

Izumi Sato performs a traditional Bharatanatyam dance from India in "Fall Footholds I."

UH show to exhibit
international flavor

"Fall Footholds I" will feature dances
from around the world

An eclectic program of dances from around the world will be presented during the University of Hawaii-Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance's annual showcase "Fall Footholds I," with UH graduate student and dance faculty choreography performed by UH students.

This popular dance concert aims to present diverse works that speak to our global community and the desire to communicate through movement.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kennedy Theatre Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. A post-show rap follows Friday's performance.

The program begins with works by UH graduate students. Sonja Hinz will perform in her composition "Kereshmeh," which translates from Farsi to English as "charisma." Her piece is backed by a contemporary musical composition incorporating traditional Iranian and modern Western instrumentation.

From graduate student Rosie Summers, there will be a piece called "Shani's Duet" that incorporates sign language. Dancers Summers and Polly Stewart will be accompanied by live music performed by Andrew Valentine and Shintaro Yana.

A "Footholds" favorite, Izumi Sato, returns with another traditional Bharatanatyam dance from India, "Bho Shambo," a Hindu prayer for the Lord of the Dance. Nicole Pouliot will premiere new solo choreography titled "Cosmo Quiz #67." Michael Pili Pang and alumnus Noelani Goldstein will perform Pang's choreography to "Lightning in the Sky."

The second part of the program will feature the UH Dance Ensemble.

The program will also include pieces from this season's repertory including hula, Bharatanatyam and works choreographed for the ensemble by Marissa Glorioso, Gregg Lizenbery and Betsy Fisher.

Tickets for "Fall Footholds I" go on sale today at $10 general; $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff and non-UH students; $3 for UH students. Charged by phone at 956-7655 ($2 service charge), or visit the Kennedy Theatre Box Office, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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