WHO/WHAT: The Asia Pacific Dance Festival will premiere “Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita,” an ancient Hindu epic told through Balinese dance and music. “Ramayana” is a collaboration between Gamelan Segara Madu of Honolulu and Tokyo-based Otonomori Gamelan Studio. It was originally developed in India and was then introduced to other kingdoms in Asia with Sanskrit ties, including present-day Java, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Theatre on the University of Hawai‘i’s Manoa campus. Prior to Saturday evening’s performance, an Asia Pacific Dance Festival Culinary Celebration featuring Indonesian food and entertainment will be held on the East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall lanai (across from Kennedy Theatre).