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Clarke to Host “International Night: Pacific Isles,” Oct. 2

posted on September 12, 2007

Clarke College’s 2007-2008 Arts at Clarke Silver Series will open on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with “International Night: The Pacific Isles.” The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is $10 and tickets can be reserved beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18, on-line at www.clarke.edu/artsatclarke or by calling (563)584-8642 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Audience members will become immersed in paradise when the ensembles of the Clarke music department join with Mana-Pasifika to present an evening of the Pacific
Isles.

The word “mana” is defined as an impersonal force (power, strength, blessings) said to exist in people, animals or inanimate objects which provide a sense of wonder, awe or respect. It is in this spirit that dance group Mana-Pasifika performs, striving to bring the heart of Polynesia to audiences.

Mana-Pasifika focuses on the islands of the South Pacific, such as Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and Hawaii. Made up mostly of indigenous natives, second- and third-generation descendants of Pacifica, this upcoming Polynesian dance ensemble has a combined 40 years of experience.

At intermission, audience members will also be treated to cuisine of the Pacific Isles, which will be available for tasting.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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