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  • Prepare yourself for a fantastical ride full of color, celebration, and love, as Prince Dance Company presents the dazzling theatrical performing arts film “(Still) En Route.”. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

PDI presents ‘(Still) En Route’

Prepare yourself for a fantastical ride full of color, celebration, and love, as Prince Dance Company presents the dazzling theatrical performing arts film “(Still) En Route.”

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The film uses dance, circus arts, singing, aerial dance, and acting to explore the mysteries of life and death and the connections that tie us all together. It is a lively, colorful romp through the magic and mysteries of life and the afterlife.

“(Still) En Route” was conceptualized in early 2019 by Angel Prince, Prince Dance Company and Institute artistic director, and Noelani Anderson. It was initially developed as a full-length stage performance to be presented at Kahilu Theatre in May 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans for the world, and the original performances were canceled, and the “(Still) En Route” project was put on hold.

“(Still) En Route” is directed by Prince and filmed and edited by Tom Visser. The film features over 100 upper-level performing arts students from Prince Dance Institute (PDI).

“(Still) En Route” includes contemporary dance, acting, trapeze, musical theatre, aerial silks, and hip-hop and breakdancing and features new choreography by Angel Prince, Elizabeth Brawner, Kat Reuss, Debra McGee, Kalena Zindric, Mana Ho‘opai (Hilo), Noelani Anderson, Julie Young, and Shiloh Goodin.

Access to “(Still) En Route” is $20 and can be purchased at www.princedanceinstitute.com. Access to the film will be made available at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Artist brings secondhand objects to life at EHCC

“Disturbing” and “a bit like Frankenstein” are the words that postmodern artist Ken Little first used to describe his works on view at the East Hawai’i Cultural Center this June and July in the exhibition, “Tight Hide.”

But, says the artist, his friends had a different reaction — they saw humor and pathos in creations like the one that began when he found a tattered deer trophy mount, missing its eyes and nose, at a secondhand shop in Missoula, Montana.

As he began rebuilding the deer, using an old boot to recreate the nose, he realized he was returning the skin to the animal. This insight led him to use shoes, boots, and other objects to form his creations, leading people to remark, “how wonderful it would be to see these animals in the wild!”

Having recently retired as a professor of art in sculpture at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Little now divides his time between Texas and Kona. His work shows influences from his time spent in places as diverse as Florida, Manhattan, Montana, and the San Francisco Bay area. He cites as inspirations musicians ranging from Hank Williams to Thelonius Monk and visual artists ranging from Marcel DuChamp to Eva Hesse.

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The opening day of the exhibit, June 5, will offer an especially rich set of experiences for EHCC patrons, as the opening is being held in conjunction with a “musical open house” where visitors can participate in hands-on demonstrations of Japanese koto and Javanese gamelan instruments, ask questions, and sign up for future classes.

For more information, visit www.ehcc.org, call (808) 961-5711, or visit the gallery at 141 Kalakaua St. in Hilo. Current hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Tight Hide” will be on view from June 5 to July 30.

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