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2019 Asia Pacific Dance Festival
Our Mission

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival showcases the finest dances, dancers, and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific. Centered on a series of performances, the Festival includes such complementary activities as workshops, university course offerings, public lectures, forums, and community demonstrations. These activities foster diverse and dynamic types of interactions leading to opportunities for dialogue that increases cross-cultural understanding and respect for what we know and what we come to know.

Because the values and belief systems of people are embedded in their dances, dance is an ideal window through which to expand our understandings of others and to gain insights into our own worldview and those of others. Hence, the Festival recognizes similarity and diversity, and honors the past, the present, and the future by enhancing exposure to, and understanding of, many of the rich forms of dance from Asia and the Pacific.
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Festival Intensive
Monday, July 2 to Sunday, August 4
Under the guidance of University of Hawai‘i at M?noa dance faculty, the Festival Intensive is unique as it puts participants in direct contact with artists from throughout Asia, the Pacific, and Hawai‘i. The intensive includes technique, repertory, and movement sessions as well as lectures and discussions.
Join us for two weeks in Honolulu, Hawai‘i at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival with the leading choreographers and dancers of Hawai‘i, Asia & the Pacific!
Click here to apply for the intensive.

Living the Art of Hula
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 7:30pm
Orvis Auditorium
Our first concert continues to be an insightful and illuminating look at hula.


Local Motion!
Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 4:00pm
Kennedy Theatre
With Kikunobu Dance Company, one of Hawai‘i’s finest Japanese classical dance ensembles.

Festival Conference
Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4
Join us for a three-day conference centered on theories and practices of dance in Asia and the Pacific!
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Welcoming Ceremony
Friday, August 2, 2019 | 6:00pm
East-West Center Friendship Circle
An important element of the Festival where we invoke dance, music, and ceremony to welcome our guest artists and visiting companies.

‘Ike Hana I + Culinary Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Kennedy Theatre
7:30pm |
 The first of two finale concerts featuring our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia, Canada), and H?lau Hula Ka No‘eau (Honolulu)
5:00pm | Join us before the ‘Ike Hana I concert for an evening honoring food and culture throughout Asia and the Pacific featuring the delicious creations of local chefs. Must be purchased in combination with an Ike Hana I concert ticket.
‘Ike Hana I + Culinary Celebration

‘Ike Hana I concert ONLY

‘Ike Hana II
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 2:00pm
Kennedy Theatre
The second of two finale concerts featuring a different program from our resident guest artists: ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), Dancers of Damelahamid (British Columbia, Canada), and H?lau Hula Ka No‘eau (Honolulu).

Talk Story: A Post-show Conversation
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 4:45pm
East-West Center
An opportunity to engage in conversation with our resident company directors, discussing how and why they do what they do.

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