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The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Theatre + Dance / Kennedy Theatre Dance Concert “Form Within a Form: Echoes and Reverberations” (Nov. 11-20, 2022) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
“We are honored and thrilled for the dance concert to receive this recognition and award from the National Endowment for the Arts” said Dr. Kara Jhalak Miller, Artistic Director of the production, “The arts are a powerful part of what unites us and cultivates a place for dialogue and reflection.” The award was given by the NEA Grants for Arts Projects program for artistic excellence which supports projects that use the performing arts for healing, uniting, and lifting up communities with compassion and creativity. The award will support the performance’s artist residencies, public performances, and community activities by guest choreographers from the Korea National University of Arts, Samjin Kim and Jae Hyuk Jung, and music composers on Oahu including Keith Cross, Takuma Itoh, John Signor, and video artist Larry Asakawa.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Department of Theatre & Dance reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
About the production:
Kennedy Theatre’s largest dance production of the year features dynamic, interactive, and powerfully innovative collaborations between original dance, music, mixed media, scenic art, and costume design within live performance. The production focuses on deeply investigative creative processes with themes of nurturing, nourishing, sustaining, transmission, and transformation that also explore immersive perception and physical listening through the senses and body. Featured internationally renowned choreographers from the Korea National University of the Arts working on the production include Samjin Kim and Jae Hyuk Jung. Additional original creative contributions by UHM Dance and Music faculty and local Hawai‘i artists include choreography by Sai Bhatawadekar, Kaʻohinani Yojo Daniels, Betsy Fisher, Kara Jhalak Miller, Amy Schiffner, and Jonathan Clarke Sypert, music by Keith Cross, Takuma Itoh, and John Signor, and, movement-based media art by Larry Asakawa. These visionary artists are dedicated to creating fine contemporary productions with a wide range of dance genres that everyone can enjoy. “Form Within a Form” is an exceptional opportunity for audiences in Honolulu to have access to these luminous dances and unique choreographic creations.