Dancing through history

The thrill, magic and mystery in the history of known civilization will be captured in the Kauai Dance Theatre’s 30th annual Spring Concert on Saturday at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

The 90-minute performance begins with an interpretative dance piece entitled “Genesis.” The piece has no music and dancers are costumed in gray leotards. The purpose is to recreate prehistoric Earth, before humanity, animals, or plants populated the planet.

“Genesis means beginning and that piece represents the ancient times,” said the theatre’s owner Janie Crane. “We’re representing the circle of life and the history of life with this concert.”

The performance then transitions to the pre-ballet girls, who will be portraying little sprouts and flowers, Crane said — because plants were some of the first life to spring up on the Earth, and because sprouts are a symbol of growth.

“Hopefully they’ll float on stage,” Crane said. “Then after that we’ll go into animals populating the Earth, so we have three of our more advanced dancers with jungle type music.”

After a bit of “comic relief,” the subject matter of which Crane is keeping to herself until the curtain opens, some of her students will tap dance to a piece of music from the movie, “The Flintstones.”

The rest of the first act will take the audience through monks singing a Gregorian chant, the era of The Crusades, and the Renaissance.

After intermission, Crane’s students will dazzle the audience with performances to rock and roll music, the sounds of the big band, and pop. Song titles include “In the Mood,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Madonna’s “Vogue,” and “Uptown Funk.”

“This is something people will enjoy, with a variety of dance styles and music,” Crane said. “It goes by quickly and we use music that both the students and audiences will enjoy.”

Every year, the Kauai Dance Theatre’s Spring Concert is a benefit concert, with much of the proceeds going toward student scholarships.

There will be performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Concessions will be available, with the proceeds going toward the “Loaves & Fishes” food pantry.


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