A magical exploration of the human condition is told through the lens of the performing arts
The Prince Dance Company (PDC) will present the theatrical performing arts film (Still) En Route online on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 5 p.m. Online pre-order purchase and viewing info below.
The film (Still) En Route uses dance, circus arts, singing, aerial dance, and acting to explore the mysteries of life and death and the connections that tie us all together. It is a lively, colorful romp through the magic and mysteries of life and the afterlife.
(Still) En Route was conceptualized in early 2019 by Angel Prince, Prince Dance Company and Institute Artistic Director, and Noelani Anderson. It was initially developed as a full-length stage performance to be presented at Kahilu Theatre in May 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans for the world, and the original performances were canceled, and the (Still) En Route project was put on hold. However, PDI wasn’t about to let what they felt was an important story disappear into the ethers.
“This past year has asked a lot of everyone; and while it has been quite challenging, after some reflection about what to do with (Still) En Route, we decided that the best way forward was to use this as an opportunity to try something new, fresh, and different—to create a performing arts film. We wanted to see where our art could take us,” stated Angel Prince. “The PDI staff has all had some experience creating filmed performances before, but we aimed much higher for (Still) En Route. It has been made specifically for the camera and has exceptionally high production values.
“With COVID restrictions still in place, we are still not able to hold a live performance, so the PDI staff all agreed that it would be a fantastic pivot to make this art film in place of our regular stage final performance” she added. “We all come from a stage background and a live theatre background, so making an art film is a different animal altogether. But through this experience, we have learned a lot, we have grown a lot, and I believe we have made a pretty good piece of art.”
Prince also added, “As educators and artists, we are constantly looking for ways to challenge ourselves and our students; ways to stretch ourselves, and to see the world from new perspectives. We’ve certainly accomplished that goal with (Still) En Route.”
(Still) En Route is directed by Ms. Prince and filmed and edited by Tom Visser. The film features over 100 upper-level performing arts students from Prince Dance Institute (PDI).
“Tom Visser was instrumental in guiding us through this process; this cannot be overstated. He has worked with us on past productions, and he filmed our staged film performance Quinceañera last December, but this project was on another level,” Prince added. “His professionalism, experience, and enthusiasm helped us tremendously, and we couldn’t have created this without him. We are grateful to Tom and all the technicians, teachers, parents, and most of all, the students who put their heart into making this come to life. We are excited to share it with the world.”
(Still) En Route includes contemporary dance, acting, trapeze, musical theatre, aerial silks, and hip-hop and breakdancing and features new choreography by Angel Prince, Elizabeth Brawner, Kat Reuss, Debra McGee, Kalena Zindric, Mana Ho‘opai (Hilo), Noelani Anderson, Julie Young, and Shiloh Goodin.
Access to (Still) En Route is $20.00 and can be purchased at princedanceinstitute.com. Access to the film will be made available on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 5 p.m.