Samadhi Hawaii acrobats display fancy flying
There are a variety of definitions for the Sanskrit term "samadhi," the most common of which describe an elevated state of being or consciousness, created by a totally immersed mode of meditation. And, speaking of elevated, the Samadhi Hawaii troupe of aerial acrobats are putting on a fundraising show this weekend, and they'll all be up in the air, apparently defying gravity as they dangle from lines and strips of cloth. A good time to focus concentration, yes?
It's called "Aerial Jam -- Art Circus Extravaganza," and if it sounds a little Cirque de Da Kine, you wouldn't be far off. The Samadhi Hawaii Web site has several YouTube videos that give you a preview of the artistry involved, but that's nothing compared to watching these athlete-artistes dangle over your head.
Leaving this material world below whilst raising your consciousness into the ether occurs Sunday afternoon at 3245 Pali Highway, but come a little early if you have kids, because there are also clowns and face painters and unicyclists and balloonists and jugglers and a contortionist.
In addition to the main event, Capoeira Besouro Hawaii will demonstrate capoeira -- a kind of Brazilian martial-arts gymnastics -- and Giinko Maraschino will offer performance art.
The aerial antics are under the direction of Andrea Torres, and the troupe includes Chandra Miars, Jaima Nakama, Nicole Young, Raymond Silos and Wailana Simcock, with acrobatics by Mary Chapman and Raymond and Luis Silos. Some of these artists you've seen perform with the Iona Contemporary Dance troupe.
'AERIAL JAM -- ART CIRCUS EXTRAVAGANZA'
Presented by Samadhi Hawaii
Where: 3245 Pali Highway
When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (children under 5 free)
Call: 550-8457 or visit samadhihawaii.com
Note: The International Baptist Church at 20 Dowsett Ave. will have parking, with a shuttle running to the site