at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2015 Asia Pacific Dance Festival


Make plans now to participate in the 2015 Asia Pacific Dance Festival featuring outstanding dancers, critics, scholars and more from throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Festival will be held from July 14–27, 2015.

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The Performances and Related Events

Intensive Courses and Workshops – intensive studio and theory classes with guest artists, scholars, and dance critics

Living the Art of Hula – a uniquely-structured conversation-performance focusing on specific aspects of hula

Stories – two entirely different programs with each program featuring companies from Hawaiʻi, Asia, and across the Pacific

Local Motion – some of the finest dance practitioners from throughout the Hawaiian Islands who exemplify the multicultural nature of our community

Humanities Forum – an open discussion focusing on the humanities side of the performing arts and featuring representatives from our Stories performances and our two guest dance critics. Free and open to the public.

Welcoming Ceremony – a formal ceremony involving traditional practices of Asia and the Pacific to welcome performers in the Stories performances to our islands. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, July 14-Monday, July 27, 2015
Intensive Festival courses

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Public forum: Hula Festivals

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Public performance: Living the Art of Hula

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Public performance: Local Motion

Friday, July 24-Monday, July 27, 2015
Dance Critics Workshop

Friday, July 24, 2015
Public event: Welcoming ceremony

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Public performance: Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Stories I

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Public performance: Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Stories II
Public event: Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Humanities forum

Come Early, Stay Late

There’s lots to do in Hawaiʻi, so plan to come early and stay late. Besides many local attractions and performances representing the ethnic diversity of Hawaiʻi’s population, this year the World Dance Alliance-Americas Chapter and the Dance Critics Association will hold meetings immediately following the Festival. Check their website for details: