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2016 APAP Showcases


9:30-10pm  Friday January 15


4:50-5:20pm Sunday January 17


Showcases are at:

The Ailey Citigroup Theater

405 W. 55th Street

New York, NY  10019


Showcases are part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference but are also FREE and open to the public. No Tickets required.



Join Christopher K. Morgan as he presents a previewe excerpt of his much anticipated evening length solo Pohaku, the development of which has received a NEFA National Dance Project Award and NPN Creation Fund


Pohaku is a dance theater piece bringing together storytelling, hula, modern dance, classical music, and projection design to explore compelling universal themes in the story of Hawaii’s native people, including land loss and fractured identity. The work incorporates Morgan’s own stories to reflect these larger themes.


Inspired by Morgan’s late cousin, Kumu Hula (hula master) John Kaimikaua (1957-2006) Pohaku premieres one decade after his cousin’s passing, and nearly as long since the piece was first conceived. Performing live with Morgan are Kumu Hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder with Mel Enos of Kaimikaua’s Hālau Hula o Kukunaokalā, and classically trained electric cellist Wytold. Collaborators also include projection designer Sareen Hairabedian, scenery by Kapa maker Dalani Tanahy, lighting and technical direction by Brian S. Allard, and rehearsal direction by Tiffanie Carson.


The work, said to be "direct, transcendent and entrancing” by The Washington Post, is eligible for NDP tour support following the March 2016 premiere of Pohaku through June of 2017, as well as support through the National Performance Network and the Maryland State Arts Council



Pohaku on Tour 


Dance Place

Washington, DC

March 19, 2016 at 8pm

March 20, 2016 at 7pm



Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Kahului, HI

April 14, 2016




San Francisco, CA

June 3, 2016



Hawaii Theater

Honolulu, HI

Ocotber 2016



Kahilu Theater

Waimea, HI

Octber 2016



University of Hawaii Hilo

Hilo, HI

October 2016



Ordway Theater

St. Paul Minnesota

March 2017



Pohaku was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Pohaku is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with Dance Place and NPN. For more information:

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