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Peiling Kao Dances and UH Faculty String Quartet

December 20, 2019, 7:30 pm

$15 – $20

Peiling Kao Dances and UH Faculty String Quartet

Images From the Dark Land

Performances December 20 & 21, 2019 @ UH Manoa’s Earl Ernst Lab Theatre

PEILING KAO DANCES and UH Faculty String Quartet present “Images From the Dark Land,” an evening of avant-garde performance.

“Images From the Dark Land” was inspired by George Crumb’s master piece “Black Angels – Thirteen Images from the Dark Land.” Crumb composed this piece for electric string quartet in 1970, as a reference to the Vietnam War. Peiling Kao, the artistic director of PEILING KAO DANCES, created her choreographic response to look into the war, refugees, and the idea of the American Dream from the past to present time.

Another piece, “Cover Your Mouth When You Smile,” will be presented in the program. Premiered in June 2018 at ODC theater in San Francisco, “Cover Your Mouth When You Smile” is a movement essay that explores racial melancholia, the myth of the model minority, and mimicry in contemporary Asian immigrant cultures. It was a collaborative trio, choreographed and performed by choreographer Gerald Casel, Na-Ye Kim and Peiling Kao. With Casel and Kim’s permission, Kao re-arranged this trio and will perform it as a solo in the evening.

UH Faculty String Quartet:
Ignace “Iggy” Jang, I-Bei Lin. Joseph Stepec, and Anna Womack

Marcie Munnerlyn, Donovan Oakleaf, Malia Yamamoto, and Peiling Kao


Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student w/ID

Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only!) or online.



December 20, 2019
7:30 pm
$15 – $20


Peiling Kao Dances
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Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
1770 East-West Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822
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