This work in-progress is part of a full-length piece from The GMO Project: Malama Honua and premiered at the Still and Moving Center 9/14. Here are a few shots from the performance. Please check back soon to see video of High Fructose Corn Syrup and other works.
Pearl Ubungen, choreographer and cultural activist, came to Hawaii and taught Wai Co. dancers a master class on meditation and dance. She used the Feldenkrais method as a warm up and segue into the meditation and movement practices. The work and practice was very subtle yet powerful in that we were able to heighten our movement awareness and break some movement patterns.
Mahalo Pearl for an awesome afternoon.
To learn more about Pearl and her work, check out: pearlubungen.com
We are looking for male dancers who are trained, or is willing to be trained in Modern Dance Technique (release) and Aerial Dance for performances. We are open to consider non-trained dancers but must be a strong mover and athlete. Also interested in male dancers trained in either Hula, Hip-Hop, Capoeira, Ballet, Break-dance or some other discipline. Wai Co meets twice a week in a private studio in Kahala. Please email Wailana at wailana©waicompany•com. Mahalo!
3-day Aerial Dance and Technique workshop with Wailana Simcock at Kalani Oceanside Retreat June 28-30
Friday June 28 9am – 12 pm & 3-6pm
Saturday June 29 9am – 12pm & 3-6pm
Sunday June 30 3-6 pm & 8pm Free Public Performance/Showcase
$180 for all 3 days
$75 a day / $40 half day
This workshop is open to all levels. Each day we will begin with floor and aerial apparatus warm ups, modern dance exercises, aerial skill building, and finish with structured improvisation. This unique 3 day aerial workshop focuses on exploring and cultivating the dancer as it is influenced by different aerial equipment, skills, tasks, and performance.
Email wailana©waicompany•com for questions and information
To register: http://kalani.com/workshops/2013/aerial-dance-retreat
I had the honor of meeting Jack Gray, one of the original founders of the critically acclaimed and awarded Maori contemporary dance company of New Zealand, ATAMIRA. I humbly accepted his invitation to join company classes as long as I was in Aotearoa. So, that's exactly what I did: I danced nearly everyday for two weeks with Atamira )) I fell in love with them, their purpose, and their aroha.
Mahalo nui loa e Atamira!
Find them at: http://www.atamiradance.co.nz/
Suva Fiji, May 2013
Mahalo to Peter Espiritu of Hawaii who is the newly appointed Director of Performing Arts in USP. With Samadhi Hawaii's Artistic Director Andrea Torres, Jamie Nakama and myself, we held a 2 week Aerial Basics workshop with the resident dance company, Oceania Dance Theater for the university. We also held lecture demonstrations, modern dance and capoeira class, and public performances. Later, after my trip to New Zealand, I returned to Fiji as a choreographer to set a piece on the men of Oceania Dance Theater to be performed for Men Dancing Festival in July 2013 also at USP.
Wailana along with Samadhi Hawaii's Andrea Torres and Jamie Nakama will be teaching a two-week Aerial Dance intensive to the dance students of the University in Fiji. They have been graciously invited by their long time friend and colleague, Peter Rockford Espiritu of Hawaii who is now the Artistic DIrector of Oceanic Dance Theatre/Oceanic Center for the Arts, Culture, & Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Wailana returns to O'ahu after many years on the Big Island and he is excited to join Honolulu's dance community by offering classes in Modern and Aerial Dance. Wailana will be teaching at Boca Studio for Samadhi Hawaii beginning January 18 til March 15, every Friday. Check out CLASSES above for more details….Modern Dance classes will soon be announced.
Also, Wai Company will be holding auditions in Spring 13 for dancers, musicians, and actors for a special performance in Winter 13, so stay tuned!
This is image was taken after the performance for V-CON in Bogor, Indonesia with Samadhi in September 2012. It was during my solo travels on the island of Bali where I met new friends and we did an impromptu shoot (more images later). I had the chance to also teach a dance class while I was there.
Samadhi Hawaii has invited me to tag along with them to Indonesia! We have been asked to perform 3 aerial dances as part of this huge convention named V-INDONESIA in Bogor, near Jakarta. V-INDONESIA is one of the largest conventions out of Asia and the Middle-East. It is an annual event that travels to different host cities and where businesses can connect, learn from each other, and promote each other's work. It is a large-scale networking system for both established and up-and-coming businesses out of Asia and the Middle-East.
We plan on entertaining these people with a group aerial tissue number, a lyra duet with Andrea and I, and myself in a solo strap number- that has not been choreographed or costumed yet…oops!
We are with V-Indonesia from Sept 1-10, 2012. Afterwards I will be free to explore Bali and Ubud for two weeks. Then I spend a week in the Philippines with my family there. I have not been to the Philippines in 13 years. I was there last as a dancer for Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians when Pearl brought me there from San Francisco for the McKnight Fellowship she was awarded. We worked with national Filipino composer Joey Ayala – a truly remarkable experience.
Here's to more fantastic experiences to come! Mahalo at maraming salamat po!