Photo Credit: Don Ranney Jr


Tau Dance Theater (TDT) is the only professional dance/theater company founded and directed by a native Hawai‘ian based in Honolulu. Founded in 1996, (TDT) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable arts organization. Artistic Director, Peter Rockford Espiritu through TDT, manifests safe and creative spaces for ‘Brown Dance’ culture and the arts to thrive and grow equally in the traditional and contemporary expressions.  Centering focus on Indigenous identities and voices in a moving dialogue through Pōhuli, reindiginization through the creation of his own movement modality and vocabulary reformed into the foundation of a new movement language paradigm. The work creates bridges that form connections between communities through arts for health and social change, rebuilding healthy communities where currently there are fracture lines to powerfully draw on those experiences to connect communities-within-communities, bringing people closely together who feel divided or marginalized.  TDT is a recipient of a 2022, National Endowment for the Arts – Challenge America grant that supports organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts. In 2021-2022, TDT toured to Crazy Horse Memorial, Cache Valley Center for the Arts in Utah (supported by a APAP Arts Forward Grant), and the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York City as part of their ‘Festival of Firsts’.


Technical: Please inquire for each program requested
Age Level Appropriateness: Preschool – senior citizens
Type of Program: Lecture/Demonstration, short and long-term residency


For booking inquiries, email us at csinfo@hawaii.edu