2019 Call for Proposals

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Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference
Ho‘ala—to waken

August 2-4, 2019
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Join us for a three-day conference centered on theories and practices of dance in Asia and the Pacific!

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival (APDF) Conference is held in conjunction with one of the premiere dance festivals in the region with a focus on Asia and the Pacific.  APDF showcases the uniqueness and quality of dance, dancers and choreographers throughout this part of the world with classes, performances, workshops, outreach and ceremonial activities.

The Festival Conference seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty, independent scholars and individuals involved in dance in diverse ways to share traditional and practice-based research and dance concerns with an international audience.

Proposal abstracts are due November 1, 2018

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The inaugural Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference will take place at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i on August 2, 3, and 4, 2019.

We invite proposals for papers, panels, movement workshops and the performances of short dance pieces using outdoor or indoor sites that address our theme, Ho‘ala—to waken.

Presentations should constitute original work not previously presented, and should reflect the Festival and Conference beliefs that dance serves as a window into our world and as a major way in which cultures communicate and enlighten.  Dance brings the past to the present and shines its light on the bridges we use to travel these metaphorical and realistic distances as we move into the future.

We welcome the submission of proposals that demonstrate how dance can awaken our senses, bring us to awareness, and enlighten our perspectives on a variety of political, social and intellectual pursuits—ho‘ala.


We seek scholars, dancers, performing artists, choreographers, performance-based activists, critics, writers and arts administrators and organizers to address a variety of issues and topics including, but not limited to:

  • How dance has served as a vehicle to bring the past into the present
  • Demonstrations of how dance can enlighten our perspectives on life and how we interact with society
  • Unique choreography that draws on a variety of cultural perspectives to showcase both commonalities and differences
  • Cultural appropriation and how it affects our approach to dance studies and the ways we present and promote dance
  • Understanding analyses and approaches to dance studies and how they affect the ways we teach, present and view dance


  • Abstracts are due by midnight Hawaii Standard Time on November 1, 2018.
  • Individual presentations are limited to 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion/questions and answers.
  • Panel discussions are limited to 45 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion/questions and answers.
  • Performance and workshop sessions will be limited to 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion/questions answers.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that relate to the conference theme, however, we welcome proposals that address the full spectrum of dance studies and practice.
  • Proposals should consist of a 250 word abstract plus three keywords and a brief biography/resume/vitae.
  • Abstracts will be evaluated in a blind review process by the Program Committee. The Program Committee is unable to provide written feedback on submissions.
  • Performance proposals should also submit a YouTube link to a short demonstration of previous work that is similar in nature.
  • Keywords should denote the main topic or topics with which your presentation aligns or how you would like your research to be categorized.  Examples: cultural appropriation, diversity, Bharatanatyam.
  • For performances and movement workshops limited technical support is available. If your proposal requires technical support email your requirements before submitting to ascertain if those needs can be met.