By Way of the Funk set to entertain, energize Feb 26

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Date: Monday, January 31, 2011
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at HiloPerforming Arts Center presents the Philadelphia Dance Company’s (PHILADANCO) By Way of the Funk for one performance only on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

“Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance,” noted PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “With a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.”

By Way of the Funk is choreographed by Urban Bush Women's Founding and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and is a new work that harnesses the energy and culture of funk music.

“This four-part work includes ‘How We Got to the Funk,’ an exploration of music and movement from 50's to 70's, ‘Cool Baby, Cool,’ minimalism as only cool can embody, ‘By Way of the Drum,’ the hotter side of funk, and ‘Standing on the Verge,’ a reflection of the Funkadelics’ notoriously outrageous costumes and in-your-face performances,” Dombroski added.

By Way of the Funk is made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $30 General, $25 Discount and $12 UH Students/Children. Box Office hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 974-7310 or order online at:

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