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Halau ‘o Keikiali’i and Halau ‘o Ku’ulei

Friday, June 5 , 2015, 12pm
San Francisco City Hall

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The 2015 Rotunda Dance Series continues with performances of both traditional and modern Hawaiian dance and music by Halau ‘o Keikiali’i and Halau ‘o Ku’ulei. This special event commemorates one of the first-ever mainland US performances featuring the ‘ukulele, which took place at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. Hawaiian music and culture then became wildly popular across the country, with Hawaiian music recordings outselling all other styles of music in the United States the following year.

This event will serve as the grand opening of the June performances of the 2015 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which will run June 5-27, featuring 22 Bay Area dance companies sustaining cultural traditions from around the world. This year’s Festival celebrates the Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, where 18 million visitors experienced world dance and music as never before.

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival celebrates and fosters appreciation for the world dance and music artists living throughout the greater Bay Area’s diverse ethnic communities. On the Festival stages, audiences have the opportunity to experience dance from over 75 distinct world cultures. The New York Times called the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance festival “a glorious achievement…one of the finest of all American dreams: a setting where cultures can celebrate their own traditions while honoring and applauding others.”

About Halau ‘o Keikial’i 
Kawika Keikiali’ihiwahiwa Alfiche is Kumu Hula, Artistic Director, and Choreographer for Halau o Keikiali’i and Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center, in South San Francisco. The company, founded in 1994, tours throughout the US, Mexico, Japan and the Pacific Rim. The dancers—ages five to eighty-five—study Hawaiian dance, chant, and culture extensively with Kumu Kawika. Kawika’s Kumu Hulas have been Tiare Maka-Olanolan Clifford of Hanalei, Kaua?i; Kumu Hula Harriet Kahalepoli Keahilihau-Spalding of Keaukaha, Hawai’i; and in 1996, Kumu Hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca of Hilo, Hawai’i. In March 2007, Kawika was one of six at Rae Fonseca’s only ??niki (traditional graduation). Also a noted Hawaiian musician, Kawika has released original songs on three CDs, one of which “White Ships,” has just been released.

About Halau ‘o Ku’ulei
Halau ‘o Ku’ulei was formed in 2003 under the instruction of Kumu Hula Ku’ulei Auwae-McAllister, a longtime advocate of the Hawaiian culture. Formal training in halau (hula school) starts at three years of age, where dancers learn Hawaiian language, chant, customs, protocol, implement and costume making. The mission of Halau ‘o Ku’ulei is to provide a positive environment through which students may grow in their cultural awareness and personal evolution; to ensure that the Hawaiian and Polynesian heritage and traditions are properly preserved and passed on to future generations; and to share the true richness of the Polynesian culture with as many people as possible.

Download the full press release here
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Photo of Halau ‘o Keikiali’i by RJ Muna


The 2015 series continues…
Fri, Aug 7: Los Lupeños de San José
Fri, Sep 4: Kaiwen You Chinese Dance
Fri, Oct 2: Mary Sano and Her Duncan Dancers
Fri, Nov 6: Nimely Pan African Dance Company
Fri, Dec 4: Halau ‘o Kawainuhi

 

Previous Artists:

inkBoat / Shinichi Iova-Koga (May 2015)
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San Francisco Taiko Dojo (Apr 2015)
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Minoan Dancers (Mar 2015)
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Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Swedish Dancing (Feb 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “A Labyrinth of Cultural Histories: Exploring the Legacies of the 2015 Panama–Pacific International Exposition” published in the January/February issue of In Dance

De Rompe y Raja (Dec 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Finding Freedom in Beat and Song: A Conversation with Gabriela Shiroma of De Rompe y Raja” published in the December 2014 issue of In Dance

Karavansaray Dance Company and Bal Anat (Nov 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Mizmar, Ghawazi and Swords – Oh My! Celebrating Community Through Dance” published in the November 2014 issue of In Dance

Dimensions Dance Theater (Oct 2014)
Press Release (pdf)

Garrett + Moulton Productions (Sep 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Expanding Possibilities: Garrett and Moulton’s Latest Work Illuminates Borders Between Realms” published in the September 2014 issue of In Dance

Dohee Lee (Aug 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Dohee Lee, published in the Jul/Aug 2014 issue of In Dance

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela with performances by Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Jikelele Dance Theater’s Thamsanqa Hlatywayo & CK Ladzekpo (July 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Bringing the Message: Naomi Diouf and Diamano Coura West African Dance Company” published in the July/August 2014 of In Dance

La Tania Baile Flamenco (May 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Nothing to Prove: Talking with Tania of La Tania Baile Flamenco,” published in the May 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here.

Tiruchitrambalam School of Dance (April 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (March 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Emiko Saraswati Susilo, published in the March 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here

Pampa Cortés (December 2013)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Arax Dance (November 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Emotional Histories Become Movement: Speaking with Noemi Araxi of Arax Dance,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the November 2013 issue of In Dance

Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro (October 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Asociación Cultural Kanchis (September  2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Discussing Peruvian Dance with Miguel Sanchez of Asociación Cultural Kanchis,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the September 2013 issue of In Dance

Opening of the 2013 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl and Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company
(June 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “With Their Own Special Flair: Five Mexican Folklórico Companies Perform New Traditional Work,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the June 2013 issue of  In Dance

Chitresh Das Dance Company (May 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “A Legacy of Innovation Within Tradition: Talking About Creating New Work with Celine Schein and Rachna Nivas,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the May 2013 issue of In Dance.

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (April 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

ODC/Dance (March 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
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Read “Finding Inspiration: ODC Forges New Partnerships,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2013 issue of In Dance.

Chris Black (December 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Chris Black’s Multigenerational Edition of the Rotunda Dance Series,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the December 2012 issue of In Dance

Los Lupeños de San José (November 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “From Mexico to California and Back: A Look at Los Lupeños de San José,” an article by Claire F. Meyler, published in the November 2012 issue of In Dance.

SoulForce Dance Company (October 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Creating Space for Hip Hop: A Spotlight on Micaya & SoulForce,” an article by Brittany Delany, published in the October 2012 issue of In Dance.

Duniya Dance & Drum Company (September 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

AXIS Dance Company (August 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
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Read “AXIS’ Scope: What Lies Ahead,” an article by Emmaly Wiederholt, published in the July/August 2012 issue of In Dance.

Lowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (May 2012)
Watch video here

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (Apr 2012)
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Murphy Irish Dance Company (Mar 2012)
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Read “Murphy Irish Dancers: A Family Tradition,” an article by Julia Cost, published in the March 2012 issue of In Dance.

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco (Feb 2012)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Travel to move: An Interview with Zenón Barrón,” an article by Micaela Nerguizian, published in the January/February issue of In Dance.

Dance Brigade (Dec 2011)
Press Release (pdf)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Nov 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Practicing the Art of Community Engagement,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the November 2011 issue of In Dance.

Grants for the Arts Celebration Grants (Oct 2011)
Watch video: Beach Blanket Babylon; Theatre Flamenco; Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Read “Grants for the Arts, On A Mission,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the October 2011 issue of In Dance.

Parangal Dance Company (Aug 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “Parangal Passes It On,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the July issue of In Dance.

Nimely Pan African Dance Company (July 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Messenger Creating Community: An Interview with Nimely Napla,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the July 2011 issue of In Dance.

Rumsen Ohlone Tribe’s Humaya Singers & Dancers (June 2011)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Homecoming for the Ohlone: Honoring Tribal Recognition,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the June 2011 issue of In Dance.

Hui Tama Nui (May 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Breath Of Fresh Air: Emerging Within Tradition,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the May 2011 issue of In Dance

Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique (Apr 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “The Consummate Conversationalist: An Interview with Monique Jenkinson,” an article by Kegan Marling, published in the April 2011 issue of In Dance.

Halau o Keikiali`i (March 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Embracing the Past and Guiding Tomorrow,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2011 issue of In Dance.

Leung’s White Crane Chinese Lion Dancing (Feb 2011)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Joanna Haigood/ZACCHO Dance Theatre (Oct 2010)
Press Release: (pdf)
Read “Sailing Away: Joanna Haigood Choreographs San Francisco History,” an article by Claudia Bauer, published in the October 2010 issue of In Dance.

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