First installment of Fall Footholds coming to Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kevin C.K. Berg, (808) 956-2598
Director of Publicity, Department of Theatre and Dance
Posted: Oct 14, 2014

Dancers push themselves to the limits in “Cash Variations,” a featured dance in Fall Footholds
Dancers push themselves to the limits in “Cash Variations,” a featured dance in Fall Footholds

The UHM Department of Theatre and Dance presents the first installment of this season’s “Footholds” series, showcasing new choreography by its graduate and undergraduate dance students.  This diverse production brings together student dancers, choreographers, technicians and designers to create a concert that demonstrates the breadth of the department’s training.  The program will be performed at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on October 29, 30 and 31, November 1 at 8 p.m. and November 2 at 2 p.m.  A post-show discussion with the choreographers will follow the performance on Friday, October 31.

A highlight of the evening will be “Cash Variations,” which captures life experiences of one man expressed through four bodies.  The piece is the BFA culminating project for Lexi Hughes.  Another featured dance will be “Bananimal Dream,” an aerial dance exploring the relationship between risk and desire.

As always with UHM’s “Footholds” series, variety takes center stage. In the first half, “Goze, Under the Oak,” choreographed by Mitsuko Horikawa, has a live shamisen player, and “Flicker,” choreographed by Kent Shinomae, uses magic alongside exciting choreography. “Undertow,” conceived and choreographed by Blythe Stephens, is accompanied by an oceanic soundscape and explores the power of the sea.

Tickets for “Fall Footholds” 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. Mondays through Fridays, with extended hours on performance dates.  Prices are $18 for general admission; $16 for seniors / military / UH faculty and staff; $13 for non-UHM students; and $8 for UHM students with a valid Fall 2014 UHM photo ID.  All service fees are included in ticket prices.  For more information, please visit or call the theater at (808) 956-7655.  For disability access, please call the theater.