Oh My Goddess! Reimagines Hawaiian Mythos
Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre’s biggest production yet combines dance and haute couture costumes with Hawaiian mythology.
“It’s not just about the costumes,” says Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre founder and costume designer Cheryl Flaharty. Once you put them on dancers, they become “alive and ethereal.” Still, with pieces like an 8-foot diameter skirt and a 4-yard tulle cape, the costumes for the new show, Oh My Goddess! (Ola Ko‘u Akua Wahine!), are something to marvel at. The gallery-style performance is the first from Iona in eight years and will showcase present-day representations of four Hawaiian goddesses. Flaharty, who founded Iona in 1990, says it’s her biggest project yet.