My name is Allison Rae, and I am a hula hoop enthusiast from Honolulu, HI. I began seriously hooping three years ago while living in Wisconsin. It is my goal to spread the wonder and joy of hula hooping in Honolulu. I perform with LED and fire hoops with Revolve Hawaii and Hawaii Fire Artists, and I teach hooping to others. I love this expressive art form, and I hope to share it more with the people of Honolulu.
My art is powered by music. In particular, LIVE music. In West African dance and drumming tradition, there is an interplay between the musicians and the dancers. I find myself participating in this type of interplay through my art. There is a creative energy that is produced when musicians play live music, and I am able to capture that energy, and funnel it into my hoopdancing. If I am performing on stage with these musicians, they can see my hoopdancing, and the creative energy I am producing flows back into the music they are playing. I am a fan of numerous genres that span multiple disciplines. I have hula hooped to everything from simple ukulele tunes, to bluegrass, to wailing guitar jam rock, to bass-heavy electronic music, to orchestral music. If there is passion in the music, it translates into passion in my hula hoop.
My performance art is one that is not typically showcased often, especially in Hawaii. I am so thankful to RAW for featuring artists that might be a bit more underground or part of subcultures that haven't had the chance to spread their love and talent. It is an excellent platform for the general public to see beyond mainstream art.
This question is best answered by this poem by Rainer Maria Rilke: "I live my life in growing orbits which move out over the things of the world. Perhaps I can never achieve the last, but that will be my attempt. I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song."