Hõkioi/Wõhali Workshop

Hõkioi/Wõhali Workshop

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Two Tribes Creating As One | Exhale Dance Tribe (Cincinnati, OH) & Okareka Dance Company (New Zealand) are raising funds to continue their international collaborative workshop for their joint piece, "Hõkioi/Wõhali."

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The Collaboration "Hõkioi/Wõhali" is the collaborative dream of Ohio’s Exhale Dance Tribe and New Zealand’s Okareka Dance Company. We are now raising funds to bring members of Okareka to Ohio for a two-week workshop for this joint show. From Sept. 1-15 we will be working together at Planet Dance studios (Exhale’s training facility/rehearsal hall).

What is "Hõkioi/Wõhali"? "Wõhali" is the Cherokee Native American Indian word for "eagle." The dance illustrates the duality between earth/sky and (wo)man/bird, and it is a meditation on the majestic/elusive bird that acts as a sacred messenger connecting our two continents and their rich histories. The piece began its life at the Aronoff in 2016, when Exhale Dance Tribe premiered "Wõhali" for the first time in Cincinnati. To unify our production of "Wõhali" with Okareka Dance Company's production of "Hõkioi," they — like the eagle — must cross the continents to unite with us here in Ohio.

The Workshop During the two weeks Okareka is on U.S. soil, we will explore the stories, myths and legends of the Wõhali, the American Bald Eagle — from the point of view of the First Nations people — and New Zealand’s Hõkioi, the big brother to our American Eagle. Our hope is to take those stories of tradition and compare them to today's time, asking: What are the differences? What has changed? Why? Who caused this? This creative process will include choreographers, dance artists, cultural advisors and a composer. The goal of the piece is simple: To unite our two worlds through the universal language of dance and leave an emotional imprint on our audiences.

Why We Need Your Help Embarking on this international journey is no small feat, and every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. We are writing this today to ask you to consider supporting our dream by helping us fund the most artistically important stages of this collaboration. Your contributions will support airfare costs for out of town artists, ensure that dancers are paid fairly for their time, and cover general operating costs for the workshop. Thank you in advance for your generosity and consideration, and we hope to share the magic of "Hõkioi/Wõhali" with you very soon.

Sincerely, Missy Lay-Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard (Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Exhale Dance Tribe) on behalf of the company, Board and staff of Exhale Dance Tribe

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