Prince Dance Institute’s Next Performance
Prince Dance Company (PDC) will present the dazzling theatrical performing arts film “(Still) En Route,” after being forced by the pandemic to transition away from a live performance.
The film uses dance, circus arts, singing, aerial dance, and acting to explore the mysteries of life and death and the connections that tie people 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 struck and the original performances were canceled. The “(Still) En Route” project was put on hold. However, PDI has found another route to share the show with the community.
“This past year has asked a lot of everyone; and while it has been quite challenging, after some reflection about what to do with ‘(Still) En Route,’ we decided that the best way forward was to use this as an opportunity to try something new, fresh, and different — to create a performing arts film. We wanted to see where our art could take us,” Prince said. “The PDI staff has all had some experience creating filmed performances before, but we aimed much higher for ‘(Still) En Route.’ It has been made specifically for the camera and has exceptionally high production values.”
“With COVID restrictions still in place, we are still not able to hold a live performance, so the PDI staff all agreed that it would be a fantastic pivot to make this art film in place of our regular stage final performance” she added.
“(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.
“Tom Visser was instrumental in guiding us through this process; this cannot be overstated. He has worked with us on past productions, and he filmed our staged film performance ‘Quinceañera’ last December, but this project was on another level,” Prince said.
“(Still) En Route” includes contemporary dance, acting, trapeze, musical theatre, aerial silks, and hip-hop and breakdancing and features new choreography by 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 princedanceinstitute.com. Access to the film will be made available on May 29, 2021, at 5 pm HST.