With the “Splendor of the East 2014” (SOE) cultural event only 10 weeks away, preparations are now in high gear for the annual dance-music show, a flagship project of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA).
SOE 2014 will be staged in the evening of May 17, 2014 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.
CAPA President Robert D. Riparip said the planning phase has been finished and rehearsals are now being conducted in earnest.
Subtitled “Part III: Crossroads-Time Travel,” SOE 2014 is expected to be as grand and spectacular as the past editions of the show that features the diverse cultures of Asia, Riparip said.
The production staff led by Toni Martinez described this year’s show as “an extraordinary melding of traditional and contemporary arrangements that allows the transformation of intriguing cultural influences in history on stage.”
Martinez said, “It is a journey to experience with fascinating world beats from faraway places such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Polynesia and Taiwan.”
She also said the choreography is the product of collaboration among gifted artists working together as one team. The main message is that we can join together and sing one song as one nation being Americans.”
The lead choreographers are Annabelle Cudilla of the Philippine American Cultural Center and Sun Mi Choi of the Korean Cultural Center.
The cast consists of at least 80 dancers, singers, instrument players and musicians who belong to four main ethnic groups.