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Welcome the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Description of photo The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts educational and cultural center on the Big Island, serving as a joint special use facility for the University and Big Island Communities. The Performing Arts Center is primarily an instructional facility providing for the regular educational functions of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, whose purpose is to offer significant educational and diverse cultural opportunities -- where dialogue, the exchange of cultural and artistic ideas and co-curricular activities are encouraged.

The Performing Arts Center produces, presents and/or co-sponsors an extensive and culturally diverse year-round Season of local, regional, national, and international performing arts events performed by some of the world's greatest artists. The quality of events presented in the 600-seat Theatre is equal to any offered by major mainland universities. A typical year includes over 150 performances of dance, drama, music, mime, children's shows, lectures and special events.

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center in cooperation with the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department also produces two to six plays, concerts, musicals and dance performances each season. Interested faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Performing Arts Center.


Upcoming Events

  • Meet Me In Paris

    March 2nd @ 7:00 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.
    Meet Me In Paris

    “Meet Me In Paris” and dance the night away to the acclaimed sound of the Hot Club of San Francisco featuring the popular French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine. The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center’s annual fundraiser will be held on Thursday, March 2nd. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, patisserie and beverages generously donated by AJ & Sons Catering, Akmal’s Indian Kitchen, Big Island Delights, Big Island Juice Co., Café Pesto, Hilo Bake Shop, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Ken's House of Pancakes, Le Magic Pan, Moostruck Patisserie, Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine, Short n Sweet Bakery, Sodexo Campus Dining Services, Sweet Cane Café and Wiki Fresh.

    The concert and dancing begin at 7:30 p.m. You can dance to your hearts content on the Performing Arts Center Stage, or enjoy the music and other guests dance moves from the comfort of a theatre seat, to Love songs and driving gypsy jazz. The two are a combination made famous during the 20’s and 30’s in Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. The Hot Club’s unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects the inter-wartime collection of cultures. Keep time with the strum of the rhythm guitars and let the magical guitar and fiddle solos take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city. Ms. Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs adds a touch of beauty and authenticity that echoes the historic Ville-Lumière, “the city of light”.

    Surprise Boxes will be available for $15 and are stuffed with fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. You could find a stay for two at the scenic Palms Cliff House or a beautiful koa bowl in your box!

    Don’t miss this fun filled evening, invoking an unforgettable Parisian experience, wile supporting the arts and education is east Hawai’i.

    We are grateful to our corporate sponsor GW Construction for their generous support. The proceeds of this event will benefit the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Scholarship Fund, and the Center’s educational outreach programs.

    Read more at http://artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu/special-events.php#hotclub


  • Aparna Ramaswamy presents They Rose at Dawn

    March 7th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Aparna Ramaswamy presents They Rose at Dawn

    Under the direction of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work—the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with the curiosity, openness, and creative freedom fostered in the United States.

    They Rose at Dawn is a solo work, depicting women as carriers of ritual. Navigating inner and outer worlds, invoking a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. A stellar 5 piece Carnatic musical ensemble accompanies Aparna Ramaswamy as she explores the spontaneous interplay between music and movement and the dynamic contours created by the artists onstage.

    “the eye often goes straight to Ms. Ramaswamy’s impeccable technique and incandescent beauty. Through her dancing, the music’s textures come into view”
    – Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

    “Aparna Ramaswamy is a vision of sculptural lucidity whose dancing brings a full-bodied awareness to complex rhythms and shifts of dynamics.” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

    The presentation of They Rose at Dawn 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.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • HCS Preents: Rachel Schutz, Soprano

    March 12th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    The Hawaii Concert Society presents Rachel Schutz. Hailed for her "diamantine high notes...and giddy delirious coloratura," this Welsh-born soprano with a wide-ranging repertoire has dazzled audiences throughout the US, Europe and the Far East. The Hilo concert will feature Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock".


  • Compagnie Hervé Koubi ~ What the Day Owes to the Night

    March 28th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Compagnie Hervé Koubi ~ What the Day Owes to the Night

    Hervé Koubi grew up in the South of France where he studied both biology and dance at the University of Aix-en- Provence before graduating as a Pharmaceutical Doctor. After deciding to concentrate on a dancing career and graduating from the world-renowned Rosella Hightower School of Dance in Cannes, Koubi gained professional experience as a dancer with the Opera de Marseille.

    Since then, he has developed many contemporary dance projects in collaboration with various artists, writers, choreographers and musicians from the world over. His latest major choreographic work is entitled What the Day Owes to the Night and is inspired by his own personal journey and discovery of his Algerian heritage. His all male cast of dancers has toured extensively around the world before debuting the full length production in the United States in October 2015. Since then it has received numerous standing ovations and acclaim for its incredible physicality, powerful imagery and inspired choreography. Utilizing urban and contemporary dance movements, capoeira, and martial arts to bring the piece to life, dancers literally defy gravity and take the audience’s collective breath away.

    “No momentum was necessary, as if…there was no such thing as physics” The Washington Post

    “There was a mesmerizingly fluid strength in their low-skimming flight and slow tumbling, and whistles were replaced by gasps as one man after another ran up the backs of his fellows to leap or fall backward or be tossed shockingly high into the air.” The New York Times

    The presentation of What the Day Owes to the Night 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.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • Evita

    April 7th @ 7:30 pmApril 8th @ 7:30 pmApril 9th @ 2:00 pmApril 12th @ 2:00 pmApril 13th @ 7:30 pmApril 14th @ 7:30 pmApril 15th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Evita

    The UH Hilo Performing Art Center’s Amateur Production of Evita

    Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Directed by Jackie Pualani Johnson
    With Musical Director Armand Mendoza and Choreographer Celeste Staton

    Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen-year-old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron 'saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military' was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • Great Leaps Spring 2017 - Preview

    April 28th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    Enjoy over 150 UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi CC and Community dancers perform Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Aerial Dance pieces choreographed by instructors Celeste Staton, Annie Bunker and Kea Kapahua, as well as guest choreographers and graduating students’ senior projects.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • Great Leaps Spring 2017

    April 29th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    Enjoy over 150 UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi CC and Community dancers perform Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Aerial Dance pieces choreographed by instructors Celeste Staton, Annie Bunker and Kea Kapahua, as well as guest choreographers and graduating students’ senior projects.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Concert

    May 4th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • We Sing The Spring, 35 Years of Jackie!

    May 7th @ 2:00 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    Jackie Pualani Johnson's contributions to the musical theatre life of Hilo have been innumerable. This concert pays tribute to Jackie and the music she has brought to Hilo. As she wrote in her own Hilo: Da Musical!, "Da music in Hilo is nevah, evah, evah… evah…evah goin’ end!"

    For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at (808) 932-7496 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 business days prior to the event.


  • HCS Presents: Eden Stell Guitar Duo

    May 9th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    The Hawaii Concert Society presents Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Internationally renowned for its dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo has breathed new life into the the world of classical guitar.