Artistic Director
Cheryl Flaharty

Karuna Richards

Lighting Design
Donald Ranney Jr.

Production Manager
Brian Gustaveson

Costume Designer
Cheryl Flaharty

Costume Construction Manager
Dee Laris

Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife, patron of nature and magic, and protector of the dead. She married her twin brother, Osiris who was killed by his jealous brother Seth. Using her magical skills, Isis restored Osiris’ body to life after having gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth. She then conceived by him, the Great Egyptian God, Horus.

And the sister quietly took from the sleeper his sex, and devoured it. She gave him her soft red heart in trade, and laid it upon him. And the wound grew vividly in the dream… And the moon and sun changed places… And he ate her heart, and she ate his.

"Because IONA dancers train physically and spiritually, they execute moves intended to move you inside and out. To be in their eye beams is to give in to this extraordinary sensibility." Honolulu Star Bulletin

La Madonna is a live gallery installation performance celebrating the power of the Divine Feminine. Originally premiered in 2004, La Madonna was the first show in IONA’s interactive Salon Series. The high spirited production presents 13 living altars depicting ancient and contemporary goddesses brought to life through IONA’s unique dance style.

IONA’s E Season features excerpts from the 2012 re-staging of the work in which Artistic Director Cheryl Flaharty turned the former Waikiki Banana Republic space into a multicultural cathedral where SHE is boss. Each installation was adorned with candles, flowers, and words of feminine inspiration to match the theme. The dances were performed simultaneously to one soundtrack, and the audience moved throughout the gallery to watch them transform over the 75 minute show.

Please sit back, and zone in to the mesmerizing dancers all performing structured improvisation–each performance was unique and in synch with the audience, the stars, and the universe!

The E Season is supported by the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai`i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.