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Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Living the Art of Hula

Info: Jul 11, 2013 • Thu • 7:30pm • Kennedy Theatre • $5 to $60, Call 808-956-8246 for more information. • Tickets are available on line at www.etickethawaii.com, by phone at 944-2697, or visit any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique Store in Ward Center, and the UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office), service charges apply. Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the performance. For more information call 956-8246.

"Living the Art of Hula" is the first of our four Asia Pacific Dance Festival performances at Kennedy Theatre. The evening is a conversation and performance with nā kumu hula Robert Cazimero, Michael Pili Pang, and Vicky Holt Takamine. These three kumu hula have been leaders in the hula community for the past three decades.

The performance is divided into two parts. The first half is a conversation with and between the kumu hula on the personal journeys they have taken, how they maintain traditions, and the process they each go through in creating new hula choreography. Woven throughout the conversation will be performance demonstrations to enhance the discussion.

The second half will be a hula concert showcasing the creative choreography of each of the featured kumu hula along with their respective hālau: Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua (Cazimero), Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau (Pang), Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima (Takamine).

The concert will highlight the creative process of choreographing and presenting hula. `We are often asked how can we call ourselves traditionalist while at the same time we focus on creative endeavors. This concert is meant to start that conversation,` commented kumu hula Michael Pili Pang, `It`s all about understanding who we are as hula practitioners and how our foundation in hula allows us to be explore and add to the traditions of our hula lineage.`

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival is a co-production of the East-West Center Arts Program and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College. "Living the Art of Hula" is co-produced by Mu`olaulani with funding support from the Mayor`s Office of Culture and the Arts.

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