A dance music video for “Canto de Iemanja,” a song from Mia Doi Todd’s new album Cosmic Ocean Ship due out on May 17th, 2011 .
Iemanja is the Orisha or Goddess of the Ocean in the Yoruba, Candomble, and Santeria traditions. She represents divine consciousness, healing unconditional love, feminine creativity and the essence of motherhood. Kimberly Miguel-Mullen will be dancing Iemanja with Gaby Hernandez and Mia as her attendants. We started choreographing the dance a couple months ago; now we are rehearsing at Heartbeat House in Atwater, Los Angeles. Mia has been sewing the costumes, and Ernest Potdevin has built our Cosmic Ocean Ship.
We will be shooting the video in Baja Mexico from April 29th to May 2nd. Grace Oh and Theo Jemison will be shooting and directing the video, with drawings and aftereffects by Strangeloop. We will make an offering on the beach of flowers, watermelon, candles, mirrors, combs, and our dance for the goddess. We will carry her in our boat out to the Ocean and celebrate the sacred waters here on earth from which we all evolved, and the vast cosmic ocean of existence. With the recent political and environmental upheavals we have been witnessing near and far, now is a good time for this spiritual gathering. It’s an important moment to gather our devotion and set intentions for healing, evolution, peace and respect for the planet as a whole.
If you would like to participate in our offering, we would be very appreciative!! There will be 15 people traveling to Baja for four days. We could use your help with food, gas, accommodation, van and equipment rental, post-production, and flowers! Iemanja loves white flowers!!!
Through our dance, our gathering, our offering, our prayers, we will unite together in love, peace and community. And we will make the video to share and manifest our love.
CAST AND CREW:
Grace Oh: director, cinematographer
Kimberly Miguel-Mullen: choreographer, dancer
Mia Doi Todd: singer, dancer, costume designer, producer
Gaby Hernandez: singer, dancer
Theo Jemison: cinematographer
Rich Hama: cinematographer
Erik Butts: cinematographer
Gaby Hernandez: mother, catering
Hector Hernandez: father, host
Kathryn Doi Todd: mother, catering, flower arrangement
Andres Renteria: percussion
Fabiano do Nascimento: percussion
Ernesto Potdevin: boat builder
Melissa Tolentino: hair/makeup
Nadine Wells: art director
Erica Krumpl: stylist