On January 2, three performers in Chamber Music Hawaii’s Mo’olelo o ke Koa (The Soldier’s Tale) appeared on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise show. The actors and musician performed excerpts from Stravinsky’s work, showcasing the original Hawaiian translation created specifically for this production. The interview portion with Howard Dicus featured Todd Farley, Director of Mo’olelo o ke Koa, and James F. Moffitt, clarinetist and CMH Board President.
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L’Histoire du Soldat
(Mo‘olelo o ke Koa)
Tresemble + University of Hawai‘i
MON JAN 14 7:30pm Doris Duke Theatre
FRI JAN 18 7:30pm Paliku Theatre
“There is a special theatrical delight and wonder that takes place when the worlds of music, word, and movement meet,” says Todd Farley.“Similar to when world cultures share story together, the result is a spectacular evening sure to enthrall young and old alike.”
L’Histoire du Soldat tells the story of a soldier who—while on his way home from the war—encounters the devil and is presented with an appealing deal: to exchange his fiddle for a magic book that will grant him everything he ever wanted. The original French text is by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz and based on the folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil. Igor Stravinsky, a 20th-century Russian composer, scored the piece for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet/trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The work also calls for three main actors (soldier, devil, narrator), a dancer (princess), and additional ensemble dancers.
This co-production between CMH and UH represents the first Hawaiian translation of L’Histoire du Soldat. While it closely follows Ramuz’s libretto, the new version is set in the Big Island and the soldier, Koa, is Hawaiian. The plot revolves around Koa’s struggle with the lure of colonialism and the seduction of materialism that came with it. Farley explains, “Mo’olelo o ke Koa tells a story as old as time itself, true to the first fallen paradise, to post-war Europe and post-colonial Hawaii—we had peace, then enters the Devil. It is fitting that the story of human struggle is shared in a collaborative work between art forms and cultures—between mimes, actors, composers, and musicians; between Hawaiians, Asians, and Europeans.”
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SUN May 27 4:00pm Paliku Theatre
* PREMIUM Reserved Section available
Tresemble + Onium Ballet Project
Some of the finest ballet dancers in Hawaii come together with the Tresemble to delight music and dance lovers. Copland’s beloved work is set with WWII-era costumes, and the Martinu ballet, in contrast, features kid-friendly dancing utensils in costume.
Bohuslav Martinu – “Kitchen Revue”
Aaron Copland – “Appalachian Spring”
Memorial Day weekend is a fitting time for our Sunday music + dance matinee for all ages. The stunning music and choreography of “Appalachian Spring” are complemented by costumes of the WWII-era, while the costumes for “Kitchen Revue” are whimsical dancing utensils.
The Onium Ballet Project has regularly collaborated with Chamber Music Hawaii, creating new original ballets to many works, including Bohuslav Martinu’s La Revue de Cuisine and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The group is led by Artistic Director Minou Lallemand, who was born in Colombia and grew up in New York City. She trained at the Neubert Ballet Institute and graduated from the New York High School of the Performing Arts while on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, and enjoyed an international performing career. She now lives in Honolulu and focuses on teaching and choreography.