For the Performer in You! The Performing Arts Festival Intensive.
Performing Arts Aficionados: Beyond the wonderful Kalani Experience and other Festival activities, you have opportunity to have a great nature-culture-wellness week and get, for free, both the opening July 5th Ho’olaule’a (Hawaiian party) and the finale July 10th PERFORMANCE!
About the Facilitator(s)
Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance
Brazil born,dancer & yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.
Daron Scarborough, Voice
Daron Scarborough received his B.A. in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he focused on choral and instrumental music. Daron has performed with and/or directed several professional and non-professional ensembles which include Musasa Marimba Ensemble, the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Honolulu Symphony, various UH instrumental and vocal ensembles, and Trilogy. He is very excited to participate in this one of a kind festival!
Jonathan Kimo Kaleikaukeha Lopez, Hula
Born and raised in Wai'anae, O'ahu, Kimo Lopez was first taught to dance hula at age 5 by his tutu Lucille Kaleikaukeha Kupau. He further studied under the tutelage of John Papa of Nanakuli, Hoku Rasmussen, Lydia Kauakahi, Frank Palani Kahala of the Gentlemen of Maluikeau, Michael Canopin of Halau Kealakapawa, and Ehulani Stephany of Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali'a Ala O Puna. Kimo has competed in the Merrie Monarch, Kamehameha Hula Competition, and was awarded Mr. Imperial Hula of 2002. At the Center Retreat's Conference of 2008 in Breitenbush Hot Springs, Kimo was hula ambassador, and in 2009, a facilitator for a hula and yoga conference with Michelle Anderlie of Priya Yoga in Dallas, Texas. He has been teaching hula for ten years and continues to do so at the retreat center Kalani Honua of Kalapana where he has been living since 2004.
John Signor, Musical Director
Multi-instrumentalist and composer John Signor has served as musical director for numerous productions including 'Ulalena and Waikiki Nei. He has created sound design for several hula drama's including Hanau ka Moku and Kahekili, and composed the music for Tau Dance Theater's Naupaka. He is a past recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and enjoys working on children's theatre productions, including projects for the Alliance for Arts Education (Honolulu), Theatre Theatre Maui (Lahaina) and Plaza de la Raza (Los Angeles). Dr. Signor holds graduate degrees from from the Juilliard School, the University of Miami and the California Institute of the Arts, and in addition to teaching at Leeward Community College, he creates music for theatre, film and dance.
Marcus Quiniones, Acting
Molokai born theater artist Marcus Quiniones has worked in many theaters and companies over the 13 years of creating and performing professionally. Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), MU Performing Arts (Minneapolis), Theater Amoeba, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater (Minneapolis), The Childrenʻs Theater Company (Minneapolis) among many others. His own plays include Circle Around The Island, produced a second time at the Guthrie Theater in 2007. He was assistant director of Tony Kushnerʻs award winning Guthrie production of Caroline, Or Change. He has performed in ʻUlalena at Maui Myth and Magic Theater in Lahaina as well as being an original cast member of the show Waikiki Nei on Oʻahu. Marcus attended the two-year pedagogical program at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), a Jacques Lecoq-based actor-created theater school in London under the tutelage of master teacher Thomas Prattki. Marcus currently works at the Bishop Museum as a storyteller. Mahalo nui loa ia Kalani Honua ma Puna!
Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance
Wailana Simcock was born in Angeles City, Philippines and raised on O'ahu, Hawai’i since age five. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and subsequently for the Hawaii Public School System in O'ahu and in Pahoa, Hawai'i. Returning to the Hawaiian Islands in 2000, he performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawaii. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”. While in Hilo, me ka ha'aha'a, he studied with Hawaiian teachers and cultural practitioners Dr. Kalena Silva, Larry Kimura and Hälau O Kekuhi. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lahaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he pioneered a program using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement and developed a public performance in the Hawaiian immersion school, Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo in Keaukaha and most recently at Nawahiokalaniopu'u in Kea'au in 2010. On and off since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He is now choreographing for the Puna Men's Chorus' ExtrABBAganza and is Artistic Director of the Kalani Performing Arts Festival this July 5 - 11, 2010.
Be sure to take in the prime Festival days on July 4th, 5th and 10th, or really live it up in a Kalani Experience for a week or two – and get the Festival days’ activities for FREE! With your Experience you also receive massages, adventures, wholesome cuisine and your choice of more than 50 weekly nature-culture-wellness activities.
The dance of Yin and Yang is as ancient as the universe itself. In humans, it all too often manifests as a division within ourselves, our relationships, communities and ultimately the world. Now, as we are nearing the peak of these oscillating frequencies, we are drawn to find a unified balance between the two energies.
About the Facilitator(s)
Liz Ganz is a visionary artist, teacher, dancer and a leader in the conscious movement community. A certified Nia Black Belt teacher, Nia 5 Stages Instructor, Creative Director of beingLoved creative soul work, a graduate of The Mama Gena School for Womanly Arts and one of only sixteen White Belt Educational Trainers world wide, Liz has delivered NiaTrainings with Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, was a student of Deborah Hay, and taught Soul Motion under Vinn Marti for 6 years.
Saffire Bouchelion is a Black Belt Nia instructor who has passionately practiced Nia for over 15 years, a professional performer and musician, is currently touring Amsterdam, Paris, Australia, Bali and New Zealand, co-founder of two experimental dance companies and founder of SHAMANTRA a deep sacred play designed to help us remember the natural, joyous rhythms of our collective hearts and voices. Drumming, vocal sounding and ecstatic dance highlight his unique brand of somatic healing work.
Singles save $200 if you register by 1/10/10, $400 if you register by 12/12/09.
Couples save $400 if you register by 1/10/10, $800 if you register by 12/12/09.
Couples rates apply to any two people, regardless of relationship or orientation, who would like to share accommodations during the retreat.
Single participants who are open to being paired randomly can be placed on a waiting list whereby you may qualify for double occupancy rates if circumstances allow.
Discover the Magical Sacred Feminine, where spirituality and sensuality meet. Learning how to manifest this will change your life!
In this safe space, you will embrace your sensuality and celebrate your unique essential beauty as you collaborate with Jan to create a healing essence photograph.
About the Facilitator(s)
Award winning photographer, author of two books including Women in Shadow and Light which won Book of the Year in women’s issues. Creator of a new form of art/photo therapy, which brings into being magical essence healing portraits for women in retreats worldwide.
Hilary Nicholls DC
Holistic chiropractor for 24 years, creator of the Inner Body Dialogue and Soul Tuning (which tunes the body mind as an instrument to match the frequency of the soul). Also teacher of The Guided Intention Series for Manifestation. She leads workshops that emphasize techniques to increase our abilities for self healing and to clearly receiving our inner guidance.
American Classic belly dance and performance artist, instructor, writer, producer and lecturer, Delilah is one of the most visible dancers in the world. She has 8 (3 hour) instructional DVD’s on the market today and 3 more to be released this year, totaling 39 titles of documentary, performance and instructional to her credit. She has produced music CD’s events, retreats tours and is the genius behind the Power Belly Weight belt engineering. Her creativity is endless and in all respects, Delilah is a forward thinker, dedicated to the artistic rewards of the individual and their personal growth.
Elisa Gamal is entering the third decade of her love affair with Middle Eastern dance! She took her first belly dance class in 1987, and made her professional debut to the stages of Seattle in 1994 after being hand picked by the MB Orchestra to join them as a house dancer. Highlights of her career include winning numerous solo and group awards including the 1999 Bellydance USA and 2006 Seven Veils Champion titles, being featured on the cover of Jareeda magazine, and performing as a guest with the Bellydance Superstars on their first US tour.
Elisa enjoys an active performance schedule, appearing at several Seattle area venues, dance festivals, and cultural events including the Northwest Folklife Festival and bi-annual Seattle Arab Festival.
A sought-after instructor and intuitive, supportive and effective coach, Elisa has watched several of her current and past students gain national recognition and win trophies and titles in nearly every major US belly dance competition. "Bellydance is my passion and my inspiration, my solace and my release, my source of renewal and profound joy." www.elisagamal.com
Alimah was introduced to belly dance in 2001 and since has won many awards, including Belly Dance Nationals National Champion 2009, Shimmilicious Soloist Champion 2009, Lillies of the Valley Professional as well as Professional Challenge Winner 2008, Belly Dancer USA 2005, and Double Crown Performing Artist 2004. She now performs arabic music as the violinist in House of Tarab, and a mix of world music with Avaaza. Before her obsession with dance began, Alimah spent years playing violin in professional orchestras across the country. She holds a Masters in Music from Yale University, and has taught violin workshops around the northwest. She draws on her background as a musician to develop practice and performance strategies, as well as to understand phrasing and compositional technique. It gives her great joy to share her passion for middle eastern dance and music with audiences across the country. www.alimahdances.com
Erik began serious study of Arabic percussion in 2003 after a ground breaking lesson with master percussionist Souhail Kaspar. As an eternal student he has continued to study with many master percussionists including Faisel Zedan, Said el Artist, Issam Houshan Karim Nagi, Uncle Mafufo , and Tobias Roberson to name a few. Today, Erik is one of the most sought after player in the northwest, and he’s renowned for his ability to connect with dancers during live performances. As the Tabla player for the “House of Tarab” ensemble Erik strives to represent an authentic sound in Arabic music. www.houseoftarab.com
In this intermediate/advanced intensive we will explore many aspects of playing Zimbabwean style marimba in a large ensemble format. Specifically we will focus on various styles of interactive playing, including: advanced variation concepts and techniques, responding to lead, lead development, improvisation, and piece arrangement.
About the Facilitator(s)
Michael is the director of Rufaro School of Marimba and Musasa Marimba Ensemble brings 31 years of performance and teaching experience to this intensive. He has developed a style of interactive playing that is deeply rooted in the teachings of his mentor and friend, the late Dr. Dumisani Abraham Maraire, master musician and teacher from Zimbabwe, Africa.
Osha is artistic director of Rufaro and Musasa began playing Zimbabwean music 22 years ago, studying and performing with both Dumi and Michael. She teaches from her love and respect for this amazing music, with emphasis on inspiration and joy.
Together Michael and Osha create a bright, dynamic teaching environment, assisting their students to have a successful and deep experience!