Presenting Mālama Hawai‘i - world premiere
In their first European appearance in Scotland's famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wai Company will bring a dynamic and visceral dance theater work called Mālama Hawai'i (Protect Hawaii) where they explore GMO production, food sovereignty and environmental threats in Hawai‘i through contemporary dance, aerial dance, theater, and oli (Hawaiian chant).
Wai Company contributes a unique voice fusing ancient stories with modern forms. This latest work centers around food and specifically explores the impact of GMO production on the peoples, cultures and environments of Hawai’i. Hāloa, Bananimal, American Dream and HI Fructose Corn Syrup are all part of the longer work-in-progress of Mālama Hawai‘i. This new work reflects the company’s ongoing exploration of cultural identity, indigenous perspectives, colonialism, beauty and power.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was established in 1947 and has become the largest arts festival in the world showcasing new, experimental, and established artists.
Your contribution will be humbly and gratefully received and will support our production, travel and accommodation costs. We have a goal to reach at least $5,000 to offset our cost of $20,000.
Wai Company's future Hawai'i engagements include the 2014 O’ahu Fringe Festival this fall.
Below are some of our rewards, Wai Company t-shirts designed by Chandler Moss and hats by Jai Theige. Shirts come in all sizes and an assortment of colors. You have a choice between two shirts.
Our Moku Ka Pawa (breaking dawn) shirt was shot at sunrise near Kalapana, Moku o Keawe at "The Point" in front of Kalani Honua Retreat Center, and captures the start of the company on Big Island, 2010 (Photo: Jesse Torrey, design: Chandler Moss).
The Mālama Hawai‘i shirt depicts creation stories of Hāloa and the celestial stars of Makali'i (Pleiades).
Thank you for reading about our project and for your kind donations.
~ Mahalo nui loa ~
Risks and challenges
We have accepted a big challenge in taking a new work to a festival overseas, and have already learned so much in rising to meet this challenge. Finances are the major piece for us - as dancers we are contributing much of our own travel and living expense, dancing for free, and this kickstarter is one very important portion of our costs. We are embracing the many risks of uncertainty that come with touring to a new place, and meeting them with our ingenuity, determination and aloha!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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