Kennedy Theatre Presents WINTER FOOTHOLDS: GLIMPSE

Kennedy Theatre Presents WINTER FOOTHOLDS: GLIMPSE

The University of Hawai'i at M noa's Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Winter Footholds: Glimpse, the second dance concert in the student showcase series. This multidimensional performance brings together dance students, choreographers, technicians, and designers to create an intriguing presentation of contemporary dance. Performances will take place February 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb 24 at 2:00 p.m.; a free post-show rap with choreographers and dancers will follow the February 22 performance. Tickets are $8-$18.

The biannual Footholds series showcase the talents, visions, and inspired imaginations of student choreography, improvisation, and dance for the camera. The student dancers at UHM constantly seek to better themselves and their work through imagining new possibilities for the stage and screen. This particular concert will be an amalgamation of visions utilizing both live dance performance and digital screendance films. When Dr. Jhalak Kara Miller, Associate Professor of Dance and Faculty Advisor of Glimpse, was asked why she likes to direct these shows, she said Dance is so versatile and powerful. When combined with the passion to create new landscapes for performance, it has the ability to change the lives of everyone involved, dancers and audience alike. In the fast paced world we live in today, dance has the ability to help center in the present moment. She also has high hopes for what the show will accomplish. We have some very talented undergraduate and graduate students. I want them and their dances to be brilliantly successful and to inspire our community. Our shows get audiences excited to experience this beautiful form of physical expression.

MFA Dance candidate, Alexus Johnson, makes her choreographic debut at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre with Perseverance. This solo piece is a movement about finding peace and believing that a person can push through their struggles. She says, In an era where people are marginalized, taken advantage of, and silenced, there is still hope that one day the suffering will end. Lagniappe Sugar is an upbeat jazz and swing dance created by MFA Dance candidate, Sophia Carter. Carter describes her inspiration as, That dream you had where you were in a caf and all of a sudden people in wacky outfits start dancing, and it is the most fun you've ever had. Angela Sebastian, another MFA Dance candidate, choreographs a site-specific work ARCH outdoors by trees beside the Lab Theatre. Sebastian focuses on the presence of women and describes her inspiration for the piece as a dance focused on recursively appearing within myself.

Iana Weingard, MA Dance candidate, creates S ma as a dance for camera film. Weingard describes her contemporary choreography as an exploration of transposing dancing bodies across different spaces through video. PhD in Performance Studies candidates, Scott Felluss and Maria Teresa Houar, present pre-show digital movement installations outside the theatre. Fellus's Rhythmic Animal creates a visual environment where dancers stage their own meditations. Houar's Digital Traces is an experimental movement research film that explores how our physical bodies continue to exist as fragments and disembodied traces in the digital realm. Houar is also presenting her solo, Passing. The installation video choreography Self Portraits is presented by the Theatre and Dance Department's Visual Media for Dance class.

Glimpse also showcases undergraduate talent in student-choreographed and performed works by Charessa Fryc, Christianne Moss, and Dulcianea Sabin as well as the work of alumnae, Bianca Moise. Fryc choreographs a duet, Polarized, a dance that explores the lingering adversarial conflict within American Politics that continues to get worse with time and an emotional solo About Dreams. Enigmatic Inspiration by Moss explores the phenomenon many artists describe in their process of creation, an entrancing force is interpreted by a composer within a single inspired moment. Sabin choreographs a contemporary dance solo called 2,464mi, and Moise creates Old School Funk with that new school hip. Moise says, 'Old School Funk' showcases East Coast Hip Hop all the way to Hawai'i.

Tickets to Winter Footholds: Glimpse are on sale online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697, and at official outlets. Sales at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office begin on Monday, February 18, 2019. Ticket sales at the Box Office are available Monday through Friday from 10:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with extended hours on show days.

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