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 hawaiitheatre.com 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.