Jennifer Sherburn, director of AFDP and a student at the University
of Hawai‘i at Manoa, is new to the Honolulu dance scene
from Austin, Texas. For her Honolulu debut she provided original
choreography for, and performed with, some favorite local dancers:
Jackie Nii, Arturo Mariano, Mayuko Ayabe, and Matt Del Rosario.
The show consisted of abstract movement to sound and experimental
lighting provided by Daniel Sakimura. Sherburn said: “I
was first inspired by the darkness along the Ala Wai Canal.”
Incognito,” the opening movement, started with three
dancers’ faces covered with black-mesh, suggesting darkness
and clearly defining the title of the show. As the dancers
moved into the next number, “Phantom Company,” they,
along with Mariano and Sherburn in the audience, stripped off
their street clothes to reveal dark pants and leotard. As they
moved, heavy strobe lighting provided only brief, freeze-form
glimpses for the audience.
Sherburn used the concept of phantom limbs to explain what
she was doing. People who have lost a limb say “they
can still feel and want to use their limb as if it were still
there,” Sherburn said. “During the scene of ‘Phantom
Company,’ I wanted the audience to grasp that the dancers
were moving as if they had partners dancing with them.”
The next number, “Work of 2,” involved gymnastic
stunts performed by Rosario and Nii demonstrating the powerful
marriage of strength—Rosario’s toned muscles—and
The last scene was a mixture of inspiration,” Sherburn
said, referring to the strong tide that flows out the Ala Wai. “The
ocean can be both serene and yet powerful at times,” she
Come Over to Our Side Softly, Softly” used four flashlights
casting their beams across the stage just like lighthouses.
There were times when all five of the dancers would hover over
each other as if they were insects “eating at a pod that
just fell from a tree,” Sherburn said, referring to her
experience of the Ala Wai by flashlight.
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