The Story of Everything by Kealoha
Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai'i and honored MIT Nuclear Physics graduate, is presenting the world premiere of his multi-media production titled "The Story of Everything" a performance that infuses science, storytelling, poetry, movement, music, visual art, and chanting.
"The Story of Everything" is an original creation story (in epic poem format) based on multiple knowledge systems. It explores the question "Where do we come from?" Through this work, made possible through the support of a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Community Inspiration Award, the poet will dramatize explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as the Big Bang Theory, disco, physics, biology, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo. It will explore how various cultural elements and scientific disciplines can be used to approach a question about existence that has challenged humans from the very beginning. Kealoha's performance traces the beginning of life from simple forms that evolve into complex relationships, and ends with a provocation: "Where do we go from here? What's next?"
"The Story of Everything" will feature visual art projections by Solomon Enos, music by Taimane Gardner and the Quadraphonix, oli presented by Kaui Kanaka`ole, and dancing by Jamie Nakama, Jonathan Clarke Sypert, and Lorenzo Acosta in collaboration with Wailana Simcock. This production is co-directed by Cristian "See" Ellauri and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The 90 minute performance will include one 15 minute intermission. Following the show, the artists will meet for a brief conversation with audience members interested in exploring the subject further.
Visit www.KealohaPoetry.com for further information. Seating is general admission (first come, first served). For group sale discounts, email info@KealohaPoetry.com or call 808-387-9664.
WHAT: World premiere of The Story of Everything by Kealoha, Hawai`i's first Poet Laureate
WHERE: Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Waialae Avenue (on the shared campus for Chaminade University and Saint Louis High School)
WHEN: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM), September 26, 2015
COST: $15 at the door, $10 presale, $5 student discount. Presale tickets available at the top of this page.
FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS OR MORE INFO: 808-387-9664, info@KealohaPoetry.com
Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i. As an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller, he has performed throughout the world -- from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a "National Slam Legend" in 2010. Kealoha was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he has performed at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show, and the National Storytelling Network Conference. He has served as Hawai`i's SlamMaster since 2003 and is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i, and First Thursdays (the largest registered poetry slam in the world with 500+ in attendance). He graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Physics (and a minor in writing), served as a business consultant in San Francisco, and played around as a surf instructor prior to becoming a professional poet in 2002. Visit www.KealohaPoetry.com for more information.
ABOUT THE NACF:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a national nonprofit that supports American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide with the support of innovative arts patrons, partner foundations, arts organizations and Native Nations. The NACF is able to support "The Story of Everything" and other work in Hawai`i through generous support from the Leonard & Rose Freeman Family Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org for more information.
Mamiya Theatre (View)
3142 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
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