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Ecstatic Dance Honokaa: φhαέthon— with Alea Backus & Derek Wright
Ecstatic Dance Honokaa: φhαέthon— with Alea Backus & Derek Wright

Sat, Mar 23


Honokaa Peopleʻs Theatre

Ecstatic Dance Honokaa: φhαέthon— with Alea Backus & Derek Wright

6pm Yoga 7pm Dance 9:15 Soundbath

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Honokaa Peopleʻs Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St, Honokaa, HI 96727, USA

About the Event


6:00pm - Yoga w/ ($10) 7:00pm - Opening Circle 7:15pm - Ecstatic Dance ($10) 9:15pm - Sound Bath 9:30pm - Closing Circle

FACILITATOR INFORMATION: φhαέthon— co  host of Ecstatic Honokaa and music enthusiast, drawing inspiration from  her namesake, the tropicbird (koa'e kea), aethereus, out to sea much of  the time.  On her rare sightings as music facilitator, she seeks  intricate ecstatic states in the energy transition between space, time,  light, and sound. As a daughter of the sun and our vast oceanid home,  she is a humbled and misty eyed lover of the shores of sonic worlds  defined by salty contrast with sweet where lies the intangible melting  point of now and then. Both reverent observer and photon dancer,  φhαέthon delights in percussive echoes of interwoven polyrhythms  resolving into a swirling wash of sound and voices from here, far and  the not so distant past speaking of beautiful things to come.


Alea has been practicing and teaching  yoga for 20 years. She started with Sacred Heart Yoga by Ruey Ryburn,  who she studied and graduated with at Sacred Path Healing arts school on  O‘ahu. Alea also learned Partner Yoga from Lori Kimata and Ye Nguen at  Kapiolani Park on O‘ahu. In 2019 she got her 200hr Yoga Teacher training  from Full Circle Yoga School and taught at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and  Hapuna for 4.5 years, teaching Hatha/Vinyasa and SUP Yoga. Alea also  took a Buddhi Yoga training with Maria Steele & loves to incorporate  dance and movement with her yoga practice. She is also an aerial yoga  & aerial arts practitioner.


Multi-instrumentalist: oud, saz,  Brazilian percussion (maracatú, other rhythms from Pernambuco, various  forms of samba), body music, bass, Middle Eastern percussion, and more.  10 years studying North Indian classical music on the oud and voice  interwoven with 15 years studying Brazilian music and dance have given  Derek a unique approach to music, rhythm, dance accompaniment,  improvisation, movement, teaching, and life, incorporating embodied  mindfulness into his teaching and playing.

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