2019 E SEASON
LA MADONNA
"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 mesmerizing 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. No instruction was given to the audience, yet they took the opportunity to connect with the dancers as “living deities”–normally contained within a stone or wood statue–praying before them, moving with them, and being truly blessed by them.

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.