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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

photo: Joe Marquez


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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Jason is a loving, dynamic and driven servant of Jesus Christ who uses his entertainment talents to encourage and inspire all kinds of people worldwide. He is also a truly great friend and family member!

Thank you for sharing your nuggets. Very creative. I Like how you mention "pulling weeds by its roots rather then cutting it".

It was great to hear,good inspiration and nice to know from a different perspective of how we can look at life so thank you for the message

Great nuggets of wisdom! I especially love how you rephrased "Live each day like it's your last" to "Live each day like it's your first." Amen!

I met him on the dance floor at Ong King and he hasn't forgotten the few details I shared about myself.
Soulfully said already, Jason has a way with making a person feel worth. He has a light from inside that drives his love and talent out into the world and into your eyes ears and heart. Keep spreading the you Jason Tom!!

Jason is undoubtedly one of Hawaii's most thrilling entertainers. Reaching out to his community and uplifting others is deep in his blood. On stage he is a class act, and offstage he is a genuine influencer, a teacher of faith, a perseverer, a trailblazer, and a friend to many (including me). I ran into him with my family a few years ago at an Ala Moana show, where he approached me and told me to "check this out." AWESOME beatboxing ensued.

Consider it lucky to have such a well-rounded, dedicated entertainer who is not only able to put on a spectacular show as an innovative beatboxer but also is able to step off stage and infect others with all the plethora of care, enthusiasm, and optimism that he carries in his heart.

He is Jason Tom - and, ladies and gentlemen, he's a good one

The worlds #1 beatboxer!

A super energetic performer and entertainer.

Though I've never met him, he appears to be a holistic individual who emphasizes on being healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. I believe this is what has driven him to achieve his goals and kept him running the race :)

Upbeat, both in personality and in art. A connecting force in the community and music circles. Fresh energy in the international beatboxing realm. Innovative niche-maker in Hawaiian entertainment. Christ-follower. Someone I have known for years and am glad to call friend. That's Jason Tom to me.

Jason Tom is living proof that dreams come true if you work for it! He is a mentor, an inspiration, and continues to be humble through all his achievements. He is a friend to all!

Some people tell you about their dreams. Jason Tom actively pursues it every day.

Jason (or “Spidermon” as I used to call him in Highschool) can be perceived as a bit shy on the surface. He is still the same kind and genuine person as before except now more well-known. He is ready to bust out his beatboxing talent anytime and anywhere and share his passion with anyone willingly to learn and listen.

He exudes a special type of charisma that you can’t help but to feel inspired in his presence. Because you can see the overflowing passion in his eyes while it also tugs at your soul. I know he attributes much of his success and opportunities to GOD, but he is a super hard worker who is constantly working to improve his craft and himself. Because he never settles for just good enough.

The most important thing (I believe), is that he has not forgotten he is human-- who lives and hurts just like the rest of us. But he is able to turn the negatives and use it as incentives for positive development.

If you ever have doubts in yourself, Jason is the living proof that anything is possible.

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Jason Tom is my very talented friend...in my eyes and experience he is one of the world's best beat box entertainer and a master at his talent in rythms and beats and tones...very first time I saw and met him a few years ago at a event in Aloha Tower Honolulu, when i heard him I knew then he would be as good as he wants to be...keep it up my friend
Rolando Sanchez

Jason is very talented. He can sing, beatbox and draw!

Jason Tom is a pioneer of the art of human beatbox in Hawai. Artist, Educator, Creative Entrepeneur.

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