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PUJA 2010: Love Letters at WCC Paliku Theater

May 10, 2010 at 06:02PM


the masterful GUI ALVES for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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the Rhythm Renegades for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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SANGHA Dance Theater for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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COLLEENA SHAKTI for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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SAMANTHA TAVARES of SAMBA AXE for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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ANASMA for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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EL LOBO & MISS WILLOW for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

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Willow Chang and Passport Productions Presents

PUJA 2010 : LOVE LETTERS


Windward Community College Paliku Theater
June 5th, Saturday 7:30 p.m. & June 6th, Sunday 2 p.m.

As Hawai’i’s Original Multicultural Dance Concert and Festival, we celebrate our third year with PUJA: LOVE LETTERS. This event combines dance, movement and music including traditional and innovative approaches. The show and cast promise to deliver the inspiration, diversity and creativity which are now synonymous with PUJA.

In 2008 Willow Chang and Passport Productions presented PUJA: An Offering In Dance, a journey in movement and music with artists from Honolulu and Proxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: max-age=0 road. Puja, the Sanskrit word meaning "offering,” is a celebration of devotion and the divine, expressed here in dance.

As Hawai’I’s original theatrical dance concert featuring both traditional AND modern dance, it’s no surprise both shows sold out!

In 2009, the vision continued with the concert PUJA: Gods and Monsters. This show brought together artists from all corners of the globe to explore the wealth of stories, myths, movement and music, spanning experiences that are both unique and universal. It also marked the debut of the PUJA dance Workshops, with 25 different classes offered by the artists in the concert.

Now in its’ third consecutive year, PUJA Annual Dance Concert & Festival continues in 2010, with the theme PUJA: LOVE LETTERS.

This show will explore ALL aspects of love, from romantic to familial, friendship to platonic, to love of country, a special place, a type of dance and all the shadowy sides of love like jealousy, madness and heartache.

The PUJA Dance Concert & Festival is a unique and groundbreaking experience that celebrates where tradition and innovation meet.
Performing: Argentine Tango (George Garcia & Isla Tango)
Modern Dance & Oriental Belly Dance (Willow Chang)
Jen Shannon & Convergence Dance Theater
Swing Dance with The Hawaii Jitterbugs
Chinese Qi Gong (Michael Hamilton)
Swasthya Yoga (Guilherme Alves)
Willow Chang’s SANGHA Dance Theater (contemporary fusion & Oriental Belly Dance)
Samba Axe
Pepper Raefin
Martial Arts with Anne Au
Break Dance with The Rhythm Renegades
The Page Dance Academy
Tahitian Dance with Herenui O Taehani
Butoh Drag Modern Dance Art with Sami Akuna & Giinko Marischino
Hula from Kumu Michael Pili Pang
Sewa Fare & Baydenyaa African Dance Ensemble
Salsa with Phillip Duong & Kimberly Tordjman
Beat boxer Jason Tom
Kirsten Wilkinson KWDance- modern dance
Special guest artists: Anasma from Paris, performing World Fusion & Oriental inspired dance
Arianna Halima al Tiye & The Nubian Moon Daughters - New York City
and returning from India, Colleena Shakti - Classical Indian Odissi dance!

Tickets are available pre-sale ($20 for students & seniors, $25 general) & at the door ($25 students & seniors, $30 general). For more information please contact Jason Tom at www.jasontom.com, or Willow Chang at www.willowchang.com, http://pujadance.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/PUJAAnnualDanceConcertand

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Good job homie! Keep doing you! And keep up the good work!!

Hey, sharp! Can’t wait for the episode. Pretty stoked to see what you do there. My friend’s @hi sessions are so dope. Glad they brought you on!

Cheers!

Hey Jason,
Glad to see you still performing! Keep up the good work! Hopefully, you'll come back to the Bay area soon!

love the caption "Her math tutor can dance". :)

What a beautiful tribute to your dad! He must be so proud of you. Thank you for your labor of love to your students and to the community.

Happy labor day,
Interesting read.

Jason you are awesome, so focused and committed to your craft and compelled to share and educate others. Human Beatbox Academy?!?! WHAT!?! Amazing, I didn't even know. Keep it up, look forward to our future encounters my friend.

Amazing performance of dance using sound and body. Your have an amazing flow.
Keep sharing that talent of yours!

Yup bro yu are awesome as I am big fan of beat box and yu ar beatboxer as I am fan of yu tool.

That was amazing!!! Beatboxing and doing the moonwalk at the same time!!! Mind-blown dude!

Amazing job. proud of yah bud. keep it up

Way to go my friend! So proud of you Jason!!!

I'm so glad I got to see you perform Jason! You were awesome!

Dawg u get um no worries keep doin wut u love braddah

It was great seeing you perform and meeting new people.

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Child of the 1980's and child of God, #JasonTom, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox, is a mathematician moonwalker who sings music with his voice. #jasontomblog

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- Kick Butts Day at Hawaii State Capitol
- Revive Christian Fellowship at Iolani School
- Friday Night Flow at Inspire Church Waikele
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