‘Great Leaps’ dance performance comes to UHH on April 27

Great Leaps Guest Choreographer, Professor Trina Nahm-Mijo, in performance with UHH Jazz lecturer, Kea Kapahua, former student of Nahm-Mijo. Both will present new pieces on Saturday, April 27, 2 and 7:30 pm.

“Great Leaps,” the popular end-of-the-semester presentation by all dance classes taught at both UH-Hilo and Hawai’i Community College, enters its 23rd year of consecutive collaborative concerts. Founded by a Hawai`i dance legend, the late Earnest T. Morgan, to showcase student learning and accomplishments in dance achieved in the semester, it has become a popular staple of anticipated events on campus.

Great Leaps started as a showing mostly shared amongst dance students in the informal setting of the UHH Old Gym in 1990. In 2000, due to the inability of the Old Gym to adequately accommodate the growing audience, it moved to its current venue at the UHH Performing Arts Center.

This year, 13 years later, Great Leaps will present two shows on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. due to its traditionally sold out status. Professor Trina Nahm-Mijo, founder of the dance program at Hawai`i Community College, will present a new work entitled: “Undercurrents in the Ring of Fire.” She is the guest choreographer this semester for UHH’s Dance Ensemble. There will be three pieces presented by HawCC dance classes taught by Annie Bunker.

Aerial Dance I will perform to a modern choral work. This dance carries a tribal, ritual essence imbued with dramatic physicality. Taking to the air on low flying trapezes, the dancers fly with a sense of urgency in fulfilling the musicality of the music as they move towards a unified resolution. Aerial Dance II opens their dance as unfolding, evolving beings. The dancers replace one another within the individual hybrid aerial apparatuses returning to a memory of embryonic time. The dance unfolds as space, time and shared physicality are discovered. Modern-Jazz II will perform a lively piece called  to contemporary Celtic violin music. Dancing in duets, trios, quartets and as a large ensemble the dancers move through space with expressive physicality and joyful certitude, and in an interesting collaborative twist the dance will evolve into the Ballet IV performance choreographed by UHH Instructor, Celeste Staton.  Thus, the name of the piece is “Fusion”.

UHH instructors showcasing their choreography on their students are Celeste Staton and Kea Kapahua. Tickets are $7 and $5 for students, seniors and children.This is an open seating event. Call 974-7310 to order by phone.   For disability accommodations, contact Heidi Veilleux at 933-3209 (V) or 933-3334(TTY) at least 10 working days prior to the event.

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