“Adapted from the popular Indonesian legend “Mangir,” written by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Salesi is a story about the tragedy of power and unconditional love. This dance film is a collaboration of filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, and producers from Indonesia, Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. The film is sponsored by NETPCA/USA; NETPAC/Indonesia; University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance; University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media; Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and SET Workshop. Other sponsors include Shooters Film Production; Island Film Group; Shaunagh Guinness Robbins, Movie Museum”.
This was an incredible experience. So humbled and grateful to work with such talented, bright, and inspiring people. Mahalo.
We shot at Shangri-La – Doris Duke’s old place, for two days and spent one day at Lo’i Kanewai at UH Manoa. These places are magical and it was an honor indeed to be there, dancing. The film is to be released next year and is expected to enter film festivals throughout the world. Please check out Garin Nugroho’s films if you haven’t, he is a genius.
Wai Company is honored to be one of this year’s featured groups performing in the Local Motion event of APDF Sunday July 19 at 2pm UH Manoa’s Kennedy Theater. The Company will also be are offering an aerial dance workshop on SAT/SUN July 25 – 26, 10am – 12pm. Workshop is open to all levels of experience. Aerial Tissue Dance and Technique Workshop with Brian Wailana Simcock. Click here to sign up: http://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/noncredit/courses// and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Papa a Wakea will be a featured performance in Local Motion, an event of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival that showcases Hawaii’s local dance makers on July 19th, 2015 at 2pm. Papa a Wakea is a Hawaiian creation story that of depicts the love story and drama Wakea, Sky Father, and Papahanaumoku, Earth Mother. It combines modern and aerial dance forms with influence from hula and oli (Hawaiian chant). The cast features kumu hula Ka’enaaloha Hopkins, Wailana Simcock, and David Sause accompanying the performance with live violin. It also involves pulley operators Sequoia Carr-Brown and Kapono Aiwohi-Kim to allow Wakea to fly in this special event. To buy tickets got to: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/
This historic performance marks the beginning of Hawaiian Theatre at the University of Hawai’i with Tammy Haili’opua’s La’ieikawai. Wailana is casted as actor and chanter and plays Ka’onohiokala, the Sun-God, using the aerial ring for an incredible modern interpretation of a well known mo’olelo (story). Check out this review:http://www.hittingthestage.com/uhms-kennedy-theatre-presents-laieikawai/
Beyond the Eyes is one of the performances that came out so fun and easy. Yet, hard and interesting. It kept you on your toes. I was practicing also the art of doing what was easy, fun, simple. Not to complicate matters. I was interested in having the dancers also experience a sense of ease in the creation and performance of it either. They really made this happen.
Below is a 6 min edit of the 30 min performance. Enjoy.
What a fantastic performance/event/experiment! The weather was perfect, the dancers really gave it their all, and there were no arrests! The security guard from the library gave us a quick look in the beginning and left us alone the rest of our 30 min. performance.
The biggest sensation I had after the show, besides being high for several hours after, was liberation. It was a very personal liberation – a sense of freedom and accomplishment as well. Like we really set out to do something and it got done the way I wanted it too – and in many ways, turned out even better. The one thing that could have been a lot better was the volume. It was way too low. The great news is that four out of the five of us got completely nude! That speaks a lot about how safe we felt and power and courage of the dancers. Which none of this could have happened without them. So a big mahalo to SAMI< LUCY< MEGAN< TERRY!! XO Laurie, thanks to you as well! Laurie so graciously volunteered to video our performance and is also editing it. Until I get the video to post, here are some pics of the actual show. mahalo, wailana