Dance

Mask Dances of Bali, Indonesia

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Indonesia, Music | 0 comments

Fabled kings, heroes and myths come to life! Gamelan Tunas Mekar under the direction of I Made Lasmawan, Artist-In-Residence presents “Sketches of Bali in Music and Dance” with special guest I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda Friday, May 11th | 7:30 PM Denver School of the Arts | 7111 Montview Blvd. | Denver 80220 Tickets at the door:  $15/general admission | $10/students, seniors, children 12 and under To purchase tickets in advance, click here. www.tunasmekar.org  | Questions? (720) 504-3655 Combining the power of ancient dance forms with the exotic sounds of the Balinese gamelan, Tunas Mekar will perform a variety of instrumental and dance pieces including the Colorado premiere of Belibis, a stunning contemporary dance depicting an Indonesian grouse, with professional Balinese dancer Ni Ketut Marni. Also on the program is a new arrangement of Pak Lasmawan’s piece Tirta Bhuana, the popular Condong Legong dance, and Sekar Gendot, a composition for the courtly instrumental “love gamelan.” The second half of the concert will feature guest Balinese dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda performing numerous Topeng (mask) dances. Topeng features an ornately costumed, mask-wearing performer who interprets traditional narratives including Bondres (Common Man), Dalem (King), Tua (Old Man), Penasar (Narrator) and Keras (Prime Minister) culminating with Joged (Social Dance). Both humorous and exquisitely enacted, Topeng invites the audience to play an interactive part in this traditional Balinese...

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Assn Festival

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL Thursday through Saturday, September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Hilton Fort Collins | 425 W. Prospect Rd. | Fort Collins, CO  80526 Three days of classic Hawaiian music performed by some of the modern greats of the steel guitar. This Mainland Festival and Convention will be held in Colorado for the fourth year, and has been, from the start, one of the premier Hawaiian musical events of the Rocky Mountain region.  Enjoy guest performances by local hula halaus, Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, as well as ‘olelo workshops. In past years, the HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL has played host to a “who’s who” of some of the true legends of the steel guitar–  Ed Punua, son of long-time island musician  Victor Punua, Sr. and born and raised on the island of Kaua’i,  Jeff Au Hoy, one of the young lions of the steel guitar from Honolulu, Oahu,  Duke Kaleolani Ching, the master of the triple-neck Fender– and this year is no exception.  This year’s Guest of Honor is Kumu Alan Akaka, a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii and a student of the late, great steel guitar player Jerry Byrd. Alan has had a long career as an Hawaiian music educator and performer in Hawai’i, and around the world.  He is the Director of  KE KULA MELE HAWAI’I, the Alan Akaka School of Hawaiian Music, in Kailua, O’ahu, where he teaches ‘ukulele, steel guitar and upright bass or guitar to all ages. Cost: $20/day HSGA members | $25 non-members | $10 students with ID Saturday night luau (tickets sold separately): $50 Save yourself a plane ticket to Hawai’i! Mai hilahila, don’t be shy!  Hope to see you all there!  Ahui hou kakou! Download announcement here… Questions? Contact: Mark Kahalekulu, markkahalekulu@gmail.com | Visit...

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Hula Workshop June 3

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

Keaka O Kalani of Boulder and NoCoHula Studio of Fort Collins Is very proud to present another special  Hula Workshop with Josh Kamuelaonapuaokupanihi Chang  Saturday, June 3, 2017   Location:  Community Dance Collective 2020-½  21st St., Boulder, CO  80302 Click here for directions   Pre-Pay Cost: Single Sessions: $30, Both Sessions: $50 Session One: 1:30 – 3:00 PM – Hula Auana Session Two: 3:30 – 5:00 PM – Hula Kahiko   Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Information and to register… Questions?  (303) 960-7521...

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Happy Year of the Rooster!

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, celebrations, China, Dance, Educational, Family Fun, Food, Music | 0 comments

2017 Colorado Chinese New Year Saturday, January 28th 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM Presented by: Chinese American Foundation of Colorado Confucius Institute at Community College of Denver Denver Chinese School  11:00 AM – 1:30 PM:       Cultural Fair, Taste of China and Marketplace Authentic Chinese food, cultural displays, entertainment, music, artworks and crafts, calligraphy, traditional costumes, children’s games and more 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM:         Celebration Show Enjoy two hours of first-class on-stage shows by award-winning professional artists performing Acrobats, Beijing opera, magic, soprano and Chinese music; and by the talented DCS students, teachers and parents performing choir and dances; and everyone’s favorite, the lion dance and Kung Fu demonstration. Citypoint Church | 200 So. University Blvd. | Denver, CO  80209 | near Cherry Creek Mall  Tickets:  $25/General Admission | $50/Golden Circle | Online Tickets… PDF...

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Ready to Global Fest?

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, International, Music, Pacific Islands, Youth | 0 comments

Do you like food, fashion, fun and free?  Aurora’s Global Fest 2016 is just around the corner, and the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership will be there ready to celebrate the diversity of our beloved community.  Partnership Co-Chair Chance Horiuchi and a team of many volunteers have been coordinating the fashion show.  “We are excited and so grateful that you all can represent your countries and diverse cultures,” Chance said as she puts the finishing touches on her part of the event. There will be much more than fashion, so read more at this link… Plan your Saturday now:  August 20th, 1-7PM, Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn.  There will be entertainment, a marketplace with international booths and local beers with an international influence.  Prefer to be where it’s a little cooler?  The Aurora History Museum will be open, with global demonstrations and entertainment indoors, too....

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The Power of Community – March 2nd

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in Dance, Indonesia, Music | 0 comments

The Power of Community – March 2nd

“THE POWER OF COMMUNITY” Documentary Celebration Party featuring an afternoon of Balinese Music & Dance with Gamelan Tunas Mekar Under the direction of Artist-in-Residence I Made Lasmawan with guest Balinese dancer Ni Ketut Marni Sunday, March 2nd | 1:00 – 3:00 PM The Mercury Cafe | 2199 California Street, Denver TICKETS: $5 General Admission, children 12 and under are FREE RSVP at: www.facebook.com/events/1409987759251641 Join Tunas Mekar at The Mercury Cafe for An Afternoon of Balinese Music & Dance and a celebration of the upcoming launch of our Indiegogo project “The Power of Community: Documenting 25 Years of an American Gamelan Ensemble”. Our project focuses on the group’s origins, history, longevity, challenges in maintaining an all volunteer community ensemble, and plans for the future as our journey passes to a new generation. Videotaping of interviews and research into historical documents and photos is already well underway. An important aspect of this transition is bringing our current members to Bali to introduce them to the energy that captivated our founding members in 1990 and for the current ensemble to experience the cohesion of studying and performing together in Bali. This experience will provide a deeper understanding of Balinese culture through performing at secular and sacred events, and by reconnecting with the group’s established Balinese community. Tunas Mekar is looking for public support in raising $95,000 toward this important project. Join us at this celebratory event where we will feature new and traditional instrumental pieces and dance pieces performed with the ensemble’s gamelan angklung instruments along with a screening of our campaign promotion video. We will also have on display historical photos, postcards and...

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