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Adaptations Dance Theater presents Flamingos, Starlings & O’opu: Maui Now

A “Flamingos” excerpt from “RUIN” choreographed by Hallie Hunt and performed as part of Adaptations Dance Theater’s Bring it Home summer dance concert in 2019. Credit: Ajja DeShayne

Adaptations dance theater presented Flamingos, Starlings & O’opua sensory-friendly performance on February 18 at 4 p.m. at the Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku.

This outdoor performance is designed to engage and welcome children with sensory sensitivities and their families.

Flamingos, Starlings & O’opu consists of three short dance vignettes that explore the beauty and diversity of the natural world through movement and storytelling. Audiences will enjoy captivating contemporary dance performances and interactive talkbacks, offering attendees the opportunity to connect with the dancers, learn about the inspiration behind the dance pieces, and practice short movement phrases as they see them on stage.

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“By creating a sensory-friendly show, we hope to increase access to contemporary dance performance for people, especially children, who may not be comfortable in a theater environment where things can be dark, loud and overwhelming,” said Ali McKeon Pineo, Co-Artistic Director of Adaptations Dance Theatre. “We hope this show will capture the imaginations of participating children and inspire the next generation of storytellers, dreamers, doers and artists.”

The casual nature of this performance allows participants to engage at a level that suits them. Unlike a traditional theatrical performance, no additional lighting is used and the music for each piece is played at a lower volume. Seating is generally permitted on the lawn opposite the stage area and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the show from the desired distance.

An “O’opu” excerpt from “The Bits Left Behind” choreographed by Ali McKeon Pineo of Adaptations Dance Theatre. Photo credit: Sean Michael Hower.

Flamingos, Starlings & O’opu will last approximately 45 minutes, with a brief verbal introduction before each piece to provide context for what the audience will be watching; brief descriptions of each piece can be read on the performance website, along with pictures of the seating and stage areas.

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Ticket prices range from $5 to $25 per family and can be purchased online at our.show/sensory-friendly-adt.

Participants are encouraged to select the ticket type that best suits their ability to pay, even if it doesn’t match the number of people in their group. Anyone wishing to add a donation to support the work of the non-profit dance company can do so at checkout. Online sale ends February 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Imua Discovery Garden (2471 Main St.) on the day of the event in cash or from Venmo (@ADT-Maui).

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Full show details including the Flamingos, Starlings & O’opu For soundtrack and links to dancer biographies, visit our.show/sensory-friendly-adt.

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