Performance: When Gods Mingled With Mortals: Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawai'i
February 9, 2017
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Choreographer Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No’eau Ensemble.
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 performance. Choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang will present a new work based on traditional Hawaiian legends that tell of the gods who were revered as mortal heroes and created the Hawaiian Islands. Pang specializes in fusing ritual hula movements to create innovative choreography that is artistically, culturally, and historically correct by 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 Hawaiian Lobby Fest at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall Lobby.