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From hula to hip-hop, ‘I Land’ is a must see

February 24, 2010

Acclaimed Hawaiian performer Keo Woolford will present "I Land," a solo performance at ASU Gammage at 7 p.m., March 27. The piece is an entertaining and comical look at Woolford’s search for the meaning of his native Hawaiian heritage.

From his high school days as a football player and discovery of a “Hula God” to his tour in a famous boy band, "I Land" tells the story of Woolford’s life. Combining elements of traditional Hawaiian Hula, hip-hop, Hawaiian talk story and spoken word, "I Land" is a funny, unforgettable tale where worlds separated by geography and culture collide. Woolford explores the many worlds of Hula from Hollywood to sacred.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to have Keo perform for our community. Our local audience will surely connect with his native Hawaiian story, which clearly parallels a Native American experience,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director.

Woolford was born and raised in Hawaii. His music career led him to Los Angeles, where he developed his love for acting. Woolford has performed as the King in Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" at the London Palladium in London's West End and in many other New York shows. He has also worked in TV and film. Woolford is the co-producer of the award-winning feature documentary “Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula.” He graduated from the William Esper Studio in New York City.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at ASU Gammage and Ticketmaster: 1-800-982-2787 or "I Land" is presented as part of the Beyond series at ASU Gammage.

About ASU Gammag

Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. ASU Gammage is the home theater of PROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series.  Its mission is connecting communities by providing artistic excellence and educational outreach to the public. ASU Gammage is an historic hall designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.