Kennedy Theatre presents Spring Footholds Dance Concert

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kevin C.K. Berg, (808) 956-2598
Publicity Director, Theatre + Dance
Posted: Feb 29, 2016

Dancers perform in Spring Footholds: STREAMS.
Dancers perform in Spring Footholds: STREAMS.

The UH Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the second in its Footholds dance concert series, Spring Footholds: STREAMS, at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre from March 2-6.  This multidimensional concert brings together dance students, choreographers, technicians and designers to create an intriguing performance of contemporary dance. Performances will take place March 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and March 6 at 2:00 p.m.  There will be a free post-show rap with choreographers and dancers on March 4.

The biannual Footholds concerts showcase the zenith of student choreography and movement-centered work, achieved through titanic amounts of sweat, blood and determination. The student choreographers at UHM constantly seek to better themselves and their work, pushing boundaries and defying limitations.

This particular Footholds will be an amalgamation of visions utilizing both dance and projections. When Kara Miller, Assistant Professor of Dance and Faculty Advisor of Spring Footholds, was asked why she chose to direct this show, she said, “Dance is so versatile and powerful. When combined with technology, it has the ability to change the lives of everyone involved, dancers and audience alike.”

She also has high hopes for what the show will accomplish: “We have some very talented MFA students. I want them and their choreography to be successful. We all feel that dance is very much an important part of who we are as a community. Dance and technology creates a magical connection across time and space.”

The production will feature the thesis work of Master of Fine Arts candidates Camille Monson and Faith Im.  Monson’s “Travelling Through Us” and “Friends of P” explore concepts of space, both through the physical body onstage and the digital body onscreen.  The dances have a visible interplay with projection design, installation and lighting as the dancers reimagine ways of restricting the body, connecting with others and escaping confinement.  

“Friends of P” brings a bit of wry humor to the stage, with the dancers breaking free of pedestrian movements, allowing rhythm and emotion to takeover.  Im’s “Perishable” is an observation of commodification. It explores concepts of commercialism and culture running into each other with a quirky satirical twist. To accomplish this, Im incorporates video choreography presenting exaggerated images of moving bodies amidst a mountain of clutter.            

Tickets to Spring Footholds: STREAMS may be purchased online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697, at official outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office during sale periods only.  

EVENT: Spring Footholds: STREAMS

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance

WHEN: March 2, 3, 4 (with free post-show rap) and 5 at 7:30 p.m.; March 6 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, 1770 East-West Road, UH Mānoa campus


                $18 general admission

                $16 seniors / military / UH faculty and staff

                $13 students/youth

                $8 UHM students with validated Spring 2016 (UHM photo ID)

                Ticket prices include all service fees.


Tickets are available online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697, at participating outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre box office; the box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.

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