Hawaiian Islands Premiere

It seems like a flash of experience I've lived, as if in a dream. I was in Hawai'i... and then woke up in my bed in Hamburg... but then the memory continues and I remember the long hours sitting on a plane and realized that my body WAS physically transported to the other side of the world, and I DID do the things that only seemed now like a projection of the mind.

World Dance Alliance- Americas Conference... UH Mānoa...seeing familiar faces... Oʻahu...then Maui...family.

I was nervous, I felt unprepared, I asked myself what was I doing going to this conference. I realized this was all a reflection of my insecurities, my "unknown" that was just plain old fear...of my work not being accepted, of what I was doing was wrong, and that it wasn't good enough. (Out come the strings and the artist's drama song begins). What I was presenting was bold. It was my truth, it came from my diary, I felt exposed. My class, yeah it was the first time I was teaching my contemporary style using THE storyteller of the Hawaiian Islands--the hula.

Most of the participants of the conference were not from Hawai'i, so that made it a little easier, but also harder to relate my work. I had hoped they at least got the feeling and the sense of who I am because of experiencing and watching, even though they might not have gotten the cultural depth. I would have liked more local people from O'ahu to come and watch it and share there thoughts. I would perform it again to an audience of people from Hawai'i if given the chance...because my presentation was so PLACE based. It was so CULTURE based. It was ME, and looking back on it that was good enough for me. It felt good to share, it felt good to say what I thought, to confront those feelings. I was fearful about what "people thought" and I realized someone always has something to say, and I know where I'm coming from... that my intention is good.

So I stand, and so I will proceed.

Hawai'i was a confidence boost, is was a reassuring "yes" for me, and it was an honor to perform on the land that inspires me. I hope to come back soon to work on something again!

A lot of movement, strength and aloha on the islands. I feel it! I mua!

Aloha ke akua...Aloha ʻāina

A hui hou!

(Please stay tuned, as a dance for film will be made from the performance I did).

Looking forward to seeing what comes out from that!

"A Perspective From an Island Girl...", UH Mānoa Art Department, July 2015.

Homeward Bound...21 Day Count Down to Hawai'i

21 Days countdown...and the days tick tick tick in my head. 

So much to do before I leave for this trip, but I am looking forward to it!

This trip is BIG to me. It is not 20+ hours of travel and waiting that I'm talking about! This will be the FIRST time that I present current work back in the islands...but no pressure or anything haha. I am curious how that will go. This trip is about celebrating my latest development of my work--and truly myself-- by sharing with the community back home. This is not Maui, but O'ahu comes close enough.

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Almost a Year Ago...

My computer erased my first draft of this post :-/ but maybe that was meant to be...I will begin again:

Almost a year ago was the last event I posted on this blog. It seems that I can't write faster than things happen...

2014 ended with a busy summer working on some commercial videos, dance training in the south of Germany and then heading to Virginia for a Gaga Workshop + Film Workshop to pursue my growing passion using dance with film. I ended the year with some good collections of work and a new idea for StudioJaz.

My statement for my 2014 is: Found an assortment of seeds, tried them all out, picked out some that were warm and held potential, bought some nutritious soil to plant them in, gave water, care, love, warmth and practiced patience, believing that they would sprout.

In 2015, there are indeed sprouts!

I remember when I was in the middle of my schooling in the early 2000's, looking at "end of the world" movies like 2012 come out or seeing the date 2020 and thinking, wow that seems so "futuristic" and far away. It's 2015 and I am surprised myself to be experiencing a year I thought was out of reach then. For the past three years I have undergone a death to the past ideas of myself, and the world did feel like it was ending, as I had no idea how to start again without proceeding in the same way I had my before.

As some of my Auntie's from Maui call it, I "Jumped over the ti leaf" without knowing what was coming, and I am glad that I did, and hope to continue to do so.

This year will bring new connections, new collaborations, new works/performances, new projects, and new opportunities to confront my struggles.

With my birthday soon approaching--hitting the milestone of a quarter of a century (yikes already!!)-- I am in full reflection of all that has happened in my life, all the people that have been a part of it in some way, and for those who are just entering it, even though I haven't met you yet. I am in gratitude for your influence on my life and your support of me personally, as Jazmyne, or of my work, StudioJaz.

This year is going to be a strong beginning to what is continuing to grow, what will be created and what is to come in the next years.

I am looking forward to delivering art that is strong and comes from my truth...and I hope you don't expect anything less from me. 

I am looking forward to posting and sharing more with you this year.

To powerful new beginnings!

 

With/In/Be Aloha...in all meanings connected to this expression

 

Jaz

 

Innovate Heritage International Conference

The Innovate Heritage Conference in Berlin, held at ZK/U Berlin was a wonderful conference headed by committed and visionary students from the World Heritage Studies Program from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU).

It was so great to connect with them and be invited to participate in this collected group of scholars and artists. There were a lot of cultures represented within the talks and the arts discussed and presented were as varied, ranging from photography, material art displays, poetry,  film and live performance. For this conference I shared a presentation "Contemporary Realities of Hawaiian Performing Arts and the Role of Cultural Identity" under the Theme of "Storytelling". Please check out this link here for last year's schedule: http://innovateheritage.com/conference-2014/schedule/

Stay tuned with the latest plans for their 2016 Conference by joining their mailing list: http://innovateheritage.com/conference-2016/

Innovate Heritage team members, presenters, and performers (Berlin, Germany)

Innovate Heritage team members, presenters, and performers (Berlin, Germany)

 

Soli I Tai – Soli I Uta : Tread on the Sea—Tread on the Land

(Berlin-Dahlem Museum, an Acti.VA.tion by Rosanna Raymond)

 

StudioJaz was in Berlin on the weekend of April 26th-27th, to contribute and participate in an Acti.VA.tion piece held in the Berlin-Dahlem Museum as well as the feedback performance session on the 29th at the Freie Universität Berlin. It was her first time ever in the ethnological museum looking at the South Sea Collection.

 

“It was amaaaazing. They have so much stuff there! It was sad that I didn’t have the time to really look at everything. They had huge wa’a (canoes), big meeting houses from the Marquesas islands I believe. I felt so small in that room! It was an interesting process to be in the setting of a museum, a place that holds sacred treasures of other cultures on display. There is an inner struggle as one part wants these precious artifacts returned to their homelands, and on the other side it is useful in sharing the culture and educating people in foreign lands more about the people from the South Seas…It is hard to explain the feeling of being a contemporary person from the Pacific, walking into a place that protects the traditional. You being a living contemporary person from those lands creates the hugest contrast to the aesthetic the Dahlem museum holds, which is focused on the past. Saying that, it was even more important and highly intriguing to move around the space for this activation because all these ideas and contrasts were present. I learned a lot looking at the Hawaiian Collection. There were so many powerful gods in those cases that it was first hard to work in, but we worked it out. The activation went well and it felt really good. The experience being a part of this project was unbelievable and I am very grateful for being a part of it. “

 

StudioJaz contributed to the Hawaiian Collections part of the activation and worked with Rosanna to integrate into her work dance movement and a poetry response, as well as help to embody “the goddess”, the strength and power of contemporary Pacific women.

 

Mahalo Rosanna Raymond, the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World team, and Freie Universität.