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Iona Dance Theater opens new season

by Crystal Brewe, managing editor IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre


IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre explores a whole new level of movement and magic with the Quadraphonix in “Paint By Number,” the second in IONA’s new Salon Series, scheduled for March 18 and 19 on the fourth floor of the NIKETOWN building (King Kalakaua Plaza). Tickets ($17 in advance and $20 at the door) can be purchased from the Hawai‘i Theatre Center box office at or 528-0506.

In “Paint By Number,” IONA dancers animate a blank canvas with movement saturated in—you guessed it—paint! Combining influences of Japanese Butoh and contemporary dance, IONA creates a world of expression where visual art meets performing art with fascinating results as the dancers leave behind a record of their movement in colorful lines and loops.


“Paint By Number” transforms IONA dancers into human paintbrushes that move to the free-form music of the Quadraphonix, and offer audiences a different experience at each performance.

Merging themes of peace, sexuality, and passion, the IONA dancers’ masterpiece will fluctuate drastically each night as music progresses and transforms, ranging from sacred fusion beats to psychedelic explorations and evoking different emotions into which the dancers dip themselves, as into paint, and translate into movement, line, and color.

Choreographed by IONA founder and award-winning Artistic Director Cheryl Flaharty, the new series takes the creative process of dance, theater, and visual arts into the interactive salon environment. “Performing arts are rapidly moving out of the traditional proscenium and are being made more accessible to the public through raw spaces like this, allowing for an intimate experience for both the performers and audience,” said Flaharty.


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