Video Testimonial about Pacha’s Pajamas
Our pre-release party got a great review by Kate Hoppe at Oakland Local. Over 55 folks showed up on Mother’s Day to celebrate with us.
Pacha’s Pajamas debuted at Pizzaiolo in Oakland, on Mother’s Day, Sun. 8 May, with a hip, multi-generational, multi-cultural celebration of song, poetry, dance and wild animal calls from the audience. In attendance were ravens, lions and elephants, among others…
We debuted the full three-part show in its interactive, community sourced format. The first part of show is the performance of the story in the lead up to Pacha Jamma, the greatest festival on Earth.
The middle part of the show is the Festival section, during which there are several songs sung from a Nature’s Eye perspective including Welcome to Pacha Jamma, Platypus, and a freestyle Seahorse song interspersed between storytellers from the community.
Interspersed throughout Pacha’s celebration last evening were the stories of earthly mothers and grandmothers who have planted their teachings in the hearts of their children and grandchildren. The tale of an old man who traveled the land collecting stories, carrying the weight of them on his back until, at the end of his life, he passed them on to a tree whose branches reached to the four corners of the earth. An East Oakland teacher at Futures Elementary, Kat Thompson, shared the challenges and triumphs of protesting the impending layoff of 100% of their staff due to budget cuts, and the need for a re-prioritization of what and who we value in our culture.
Other tellers included Doria Robinson of Urban Tilth; Emily Teresa – a hip hop artist; Shilpa Jain of Other Worlds; and Debi Mason of Spoken Word Ministries.
The end of the show is Pacha’s dance and the moment of truth when nature realizes that a human (Pacha disguised in a Gorilla mask) has crashed their party. Suffice to say the evening was inspiring by all.
The evening spurred a dance party, led by a youngster no older than two who was inspired by the grooves of an interpretive dancer playing Pacha. The story inspires young and old and crosses cultural boundaries to get to the heart of what matters.
And here is a quote from one of the attendees:
I had a wonderful time at Pacha’s Pajamas Pre-Release Party on Sunday. I loved the energy shared with the community. From elders to infants, the place was packed with laughter and bird calls, strawberries and juicy stories, reverence for our mamas and where we came came from; beautiful new beginnings of old ritual.