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Cancelled: When Gods Mingled with Mortals: Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawai`i

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:30PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Due to declining road conditions the UMass Fine Arts Center performance and the associated Lobby Festival for Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawaii scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm is CANCELLED. 
Announcements have been made on local media and the Box Office at 1-800-999-UMAS or 545-2511. Tune in to the following radio and television stations: public radio station WFCR 88.5FM, WHMP 99.9FM, WRSI 95.3FM, WFSB CBS 3 and WGGB-TV40. When a performance is canceled, patrons may exchange tickets for another event (subject to availability), may receive a credit on their account, or may request a refund.

Sacred Dances

Featuring Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No'Eau Ensemble. Celebrating 30 years of dance, chants and traditions, Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau captivates audiences with their exquisitely artistic and culturally authentic Hawaiian dance performances. Choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang, presents a new work based on the traditional legends of Hawaiian gods who were revered as heroes and the creators of the Hawaiian Islands. Pang creates innovative choreography that combines traditional hula, music and chants into high artistic expression.

Ticket Prices
Admission: $35, $30, $20; Five College and 17 & Under: $10; Five College Faculty & Staff: Please call the Box Office

Ticket buyers are invited to a Pre-Show Polynesian Lobby Festival at 6:30 pm! Choreographer  Michael Pilli Pang will give a lecture demo on Hawaiin dance movement starting at 6:35 pm.  

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You can Eat. Art. Love. at the University Club located on campus, just a short walk from the FAC Concert Hall.

First Course: Poke tuna salad or house salad
Main Course: Grilled mahi mahi, huli-huli chicken, or kalua pork
Dessert: Pineapple upside-down cake or banana cream pie

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Celebrating 30 years of dance, chants and traditions, Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau from the Big Island in Hawaii returns to the Northeast to captivate audiences with their "exquisitely artistic" and "culturally authentic" Hawaiian dance performances. Choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang, will present a new work based on traditional Hawaiian legends, telling of Hawaiian gods who were revered as mortal heroes and the creators of the Hawaiian Islands. Pang specializes in fusing ritual hula movements to create innovative choreography that is artistically, culturally, and historically correct, drawing from his roots in one of the great hula lineages of Hawai'i. The result combines traditional hula, music and chants into high artistic expression. Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall Outreach: Hula dance classes, lecture demonstration and talks on Hawaiian culture and arts will be offered in conjunction with this event and may be open to public participation and observation as space permits. Please call Asian Arts and Culture Program at 413-577-2486 for information and reservations.
"Dance of deceptive simplicity and song and drumming of formidable complexity… a flow of increasing rhythmic detail and staccato push." –Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

"Pang approaches Hawaiian dance as an artistic, creative and educational endeavor, not simply as entertainment… The members of the ensemble take their work very seriously, and their public performances are varied, polished and exciting."—William Feltz, Director of the Arts Program, East-West Center

"True hula is the quintessential expression of Hawaiian cultural values, deeply rooted in tradition and legend… The company's hula is a far cry from the hip-swaying hula popularized and stereotyped decades ago for Hollywood movies and in songs to lure and entertain tourists."—Barbara von Furstenberg, former Director of Programming, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Takao Kawaguchi
Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno

Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium


Japanese artist/dancer Takao Kawaguchi re-creates the persona of the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno through his most celebrated masterpieces, such as "Admiring La Argentina," "My Mother" and "Dead Sea, Ghost, Wienerwaltz." Capturing Ohno's unique improvisational style for the distinctive features of his body and movements, Kawaguchi projects himself into the forms and shapes of the master Ohno's body.

Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk by UMass professor Bruce Baird at 6:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium..

Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

 

Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


One of China's most outstanding acrobatic troupes, the Shanghai Acrobats full company and its multiple performing groups give more than two thousand performances in China and hundreds of performances abroad each year. The company continues to win awards nationally and internationally for their unique acts, including Icarian umbrellas, head jumping monks, Shadow of Cards magic, the Butterfly Lovers aerial silk act, and many more. The Shanghai Acrobats will perform their brand new show, "Shanghai Nights," at the FAC.


Contra-Tiempo
Contra-Tiempo | Agua Furiosa

Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating


This Los Angeles based dance company performs their newest evening-length work, Agua Furiosa, challenging the audience to confront the harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers' own personal narratives.

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Pioneer Valley Hotel Group       Northeast Solar       UMass Catering       WGBY 57       Advocate | Preview

Funders

Five College Dance Department, The Massachusetts Cultural Council