on June 27, 2010
Ha Breath of Life, the evening show, at the polynesian cultural center, was much more of a theatrical experience, than past pcc shows. The traditional format of a polynesian dance review, was tied together by a coming of age story based on the life of a boy, starting in the womb, growing into a man, and starting his own family through marriage. The classic love story was infused with the mormon theme of procreation. The world dance theme of male war resulted in the loss of the lead character's father, in a spear fight, whose spirit rose up and joined his mother's, in a heavenly place. The Tahitian wedding was particularly beautiful. The energy of the skilled performers never dropped through out the 90 minute show. There were times I thought the conclusion of dances from each island would fall flat, but it didn't. And of course an amazing multi-level fire knife performance was the finale of the show, carrying the breath of life motif clear to the end. It was probably the best polynesian show I have ever seen; which is no surprise at all, considering the polynesian cultural center's tradition for having some of the best talent.
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