The UH Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance is focusing on a unique Sumatran tradition as the basis for their spring production. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found students have been studying an unfamiliar language, instruments, movements and even martial arts since August in preparation for the big show.
“The Genteel Sabai,” a folk dance-drama from West Sumatra is performed in English and continues at the UH Manoa Kennedy Theatre through February 12th. It tells the story of a spunky girl who defies a king's advances. Onstage seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Check for tickets, pre-show chats and ticket specials at www.hawaii.edu/kennedy
. Here's video of the randai performance UH students did in '05---pretty impressive! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE7q3LuoQH8