Dance / It’s time once again for Fall Footholds, the UH-Manoa Theatre and Dance Department’s showcase of student talent. Symbolism, love, alternate realities, humor, angularity…explored through the energy of dance, as it has always been over the years. At least since we can remember. That’s not to say that every year is the same, however. With each new creative brain that subjects its accompanying body through UH dance classes comes a whole new world of visual candy. This year is no exception. Ten pieces by eight choreographers in a two-act performance will surely leave you with much to discuss. (Speaking of discussion, there’s a post-show rap after the 10/19 show if you like to analyze with others.)
Beth McKee Elliott choreographed four of the pieces this year, including the tap dance ‘Stand Point,’ and ‘Traffic,’ a glimpse at Elliott’s daily commute from ‘Aiea to UH. Sri Adyar K. Laksham contributes ‘Natesha Kautuvam’ in praise of the Hindu deity of dance, Kelly Wadlegger’s ‘Piko’ is about change and letting go and Maryann L. Peterson ends Act I with ‘Untitled: The Choreography of Words.’ Second-half works include ‘Somewhere, Somebody is Doing Something,’ by Michele M. Painter, ‘Days,’ by Jennifer L. McGowan about the emotional consequences of addiction and ‘Dadas,’ by Erin Wilson and Alharhum Elman.