Astroshamanic Dance & Theatre is a holistic system of healing based on rhythm and movement, the result of the integration of dance, drama, music, energy work, shamanism and astrology. Its aim is acknowledging, retrieving and integrating the lost pieces of our soul as represented by the 12 zodiac signs.
Each sign has its own vibratory frequency and through dance we can align to its modalities of expression and incorporate them in our awareness. With astroshamanic dance we open to profound archetypal forces connected with stars, planets, animals, plants, minerals, spirits and whatever exists around and within us.
By physically dancing and playing these forces, we reactivate the memory of our ancient communion with them, embracing their rhythm and experiencing their healing energies.
From the astroshamanic perspective all life is a dance and drama and since there are several aspects of life there are also many varieties of dance. There is a dance for each zodiac sign, and there is also a dance for each combination of signs, including triads and larger groupings, making patterns of dance virtually infinite.
Each living being dances a specific rhythm, which may change in the course of one day, month or year, or following a connection with other dancers and rhythms. Every time we wake up and start our day, we also begin to dance with other living beings. Some of them may be moved by the same music, others will dance to a different rhythm. We may meet ideal dance partners, while other dancers may present challenges, or teach us new steps, while we also teach ours.
Astroshamanic Dance & Drama also works as a superb practice for releasing blocks and grievances, which can be identified by the patterns of astrological aspects and transits. The dancers and players let go of emotions, feelings and thoughts through physical movement, releasing whatever they experience in that particular moment (excitement, vitality, pain, weakness, restlessness, sexual energy, craziness, etc.) until they reach a space of inner void and stillness. This is the sole environment that allows them to truly receive. Having relinquished what is in excess, dancers are ready to receive vital gifts for healing and transformation.
Various sounds and different types of music can be employed to accompany trance dance. Monotonous sounds (drumming, rattling, waves, etc.) are ideal as they do not influence, or interfere with, the experience of the dancer. Dance can also take place with no external sound at all. In this case dancers can listen to their own internal music or use their bodies as musical instruments (stamping the feet, clapping, breathing out and in, etc.).
Rhythmic or melodic sounds are very helpful when, on the contrary, the intent is to evoke or attract specific energies or experiences, and orchestrate a larger variety of frequencies derived from the archetypal forces of the zodiac signs and planets.
We have produced a series of CDs aimed at assisting astroshamanic work, such as the trance dance CDs Astroshamanic Basic Ritualand Astroshamanic Navigator (please click here for details) by Max Mattoni and Franco Santoro.
We have also created a large astroshamanic dance library with music and sounds associated with each zodiac sign and planet, encompassing many traditions and rhythms. These sounds are combined and integrated during our astroshamanic trance dance events and workshops according to the energy of the participants, the environment, and the seasonal cycles. As a result, just like the pattern in the sky, our astroshamanic dances are always unique events, devoid of routine or repetition, and entirely aligned to the spontaneous flow of energy.
At least one astroshamanic dance is featured in all our workshops (Please click here for a calendar of our programmes).