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"Versus," a dance concert featuring Roko Kawai, the acclaimed dancer and choreographer, will be held at Moravian College in Foy Concert Hall on Monday, October 5, at 8:00 p.m.
"‘Versus’ will bring together polar opposites and show what happens when they meet, clash, or merge," said Kawai. Her work distills influence from a variety of forms, including Japanese dance, figure skating, American modern dance, and improvisation.
Kawai is the director and choreographer of Roko Kawai Projects, a multi-year exploration of Japanese and American personal history with collaborating musicians, dancers, and theater designers from Asian-, African-, and Caucasian-American ethnicities. She was a three-time winner of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Repertory Development Initiative, an emerging fellow of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and most recently, the sole Philadelphia awardee of DanceLink, a four-state touring and commissioning program.
Recognized for her strong and articulate voice, Roko Kawai is also an active educator as well as an advocate for Asian American, Japanese, and cultural arts. She was co-choreographer in Isabel Hon’s six-week youth movement residency, served as Japanese artist-in-residence for the Visiting Folk Artist Program, and was on the faculty for the National Association of Independent School’s Diversity ’92 retreat. She is on the board of the Asian Arts Initiative, serves on the Painted Bride Dance Advisory Committee and coordinates educational programs at the Folklife Center at International House.
Tickets are available now at the HUB desk on Moravian's Main Street Campus and at the Music Institute on the Church Street Campus. Ticket will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for LVAIC members. The Arts and Lectures Committee and the Music Institute are co-sponsoring the program. For more information, call (610) 861-1650.