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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Dances We Dance does 'Missa Brevis'

Bunnies hop during Easter, and Jesus walked, so it's probably appropriate to hold dance concerts on Easter weekend. For other events, check our Easter calendar in the Community Calendar in the [Community] section.

Agnes de Ville called Jose Limon's "Missa Brevis" one of the "great achievements in American dance," and who are we to argue with the actress who played the mother on "Bewitched"?

Dances We Dance has been trail-bossing 20 Hawaii dancers from a variety of companies in "Brevis," to unreel 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Leeward Community College Theatre. Clay Taliaferro is dancing the principle role, which is set to Zoltan Kodaly's "Missa Brevis in Tempore Belli."

The program also features two premieres, Fritz Ludin's "Four Seasons" and a commissioned work by Taliaferro. Dancers include Holly Chung, Peter-Rockford Espiritu, Betty Jones, Gregg Lizenbery, John Wat and Debra Yamaki. Admission is $18; $14 for students and seniors. Information: 537-2152. (Wait a minute. Wasn't that Agnes Moorehead in "Bewitched"?)

Zoey Anguay, as TiMoune, sleeps as dancers move about in "Once on This Island." Photo by Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin

The play's the thing

"Once on This Island" is a musical fairy tale of love, loss and redemption, based on a novel called "My Love, My Love." It occurs at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bright Theatre, Castle Performing Arts Center. Rosa Guy's novel, set in the French Antilles, was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid," which also inspired Oliver Stone's "Nixon."

It's directed by the ever-zesty Ronald E. Bright; choreographed by Footloose Marcelo Pacleb. Repeats 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 20, with a matinee at 2 p.m. April 14. Admission is $15; $12 for students, seniors and military. Information: 524-0807 or 233-5626.

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