Randai play The Genteel Sabai Comes to Kennedy Theatre with Pants-Slapping Action
The University of Hawai′i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the rare theatre form of randai with its production of The Genteel Sabai, a folk dance-drama from the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Synopsis: A daughter seeks revenge for the murder of her father in this exciting folk dance-drama. Randai comes from the Minangkabau ethic group in Sumatra, Indonesia, and features beautiful traditional music and singing, martial arts, dance and acting; and its signature pants-slapping percussion!
Dr. Kirstin Pauka, Director and Professor of Southeast Asian Theatre at UHM along with guest teachers from Indonesia, bring this exciting theatre form back to Kennedy Theatre’s main stage Feb. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Randai combines beautiful singing, talempong music, dancing, acting, and story-telling along with its signature pants-slapping percussion and the Indonesian martial arts form called silat. This is the third time Pauka has directed a randai play at UHM, the first in 2001 (Umbuik Mudo and The Magic Flute) and the second in 2005 (Luck and Loss: Manandin’s Gamble). Audiences will have an opportunity to attend two pre-show chats on Feb. 4 and 11 at 7 p.m.
“The Genteel Sabai”
UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Feb. 3, 4*, 9, 10, 11* at 8 p.m
Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
*Free Pre-show Chats: Feb. 4 and 11 at 7 p.m.
UHM’s Kennedy Theatre, Mainstage
$22 regular; $20 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff; $12 students; $5 UHM students with validated fall 2011 UHM photo ID.; all service charges included in ticket price.
Onstage seating will be available on a first-come first-serve basis at the performance to all ticket holders. Tickets are available online now at www.etickethawaii.com, at outlets, and by phone at 944-2697. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre Box Office beginning Jan. 23. Call 956-7655 for more information or visit the Kennedy Theatre website.
UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night: Thurs. Feb 9, tickets available beginning at 5 p.m