Flam Chen presents Astronomica
An Embodied, Interactive, Performative Enactment of your Star Chart.
Did you ever wonder how you could be dropped onto this planet with absolutely no instructions?
Well, I have wondered, even my IKEA Flitselvuger came with instructions… But not me?
Astrologers have interpreted star charts that correspond to our dates of birth as guides or even personal instruction manuals for centuries. Interpreting the effects of the heavenly bodies upon our earth and selves as currents we ride to our destinies and fortunes.
Ancient rites from Greece to India, guided generations through embodied journies to seek revelation and grounding.
In 2019, my daughter and I began evolving ideas for a workshop series that would take Astrology out of our heads and ground the information in our physical bodies.
We were inspired by modern astrologers, Caroline Casey, Cayelin Castell, author Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and the Directorial and “Psychomagia” of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
We used journaling, drawing, dancing and guided meditation to absorb abstract concepts and gain useful, embodied knowledge about our relationships with planets and their energies.
Astronomica evolved out of these conversations and exercises.
We invite you to this experimental theatrical presentation. For two weeks in May, audiences will have a unique opportunity to be immersed in a personalized enactment of their star chart, brought to life with stellar aerial and fire performance by Flam Chen.
Original Stage design by Paul Weir of Flam Chen sets the audience in a custom ”Star Cupola” and light rig to transform the space as we travel between planetary aspects. Using classic theater devices and tactics developed from “Living Theater” as well as traditional circus physicality, our talented performers embody and guide the audience through their star chart.
Audiences can pay $50 to be in the Inner Ring, closest to the action, have their chart read and applied to the performance and be entered in a Lottery for a personal enactment of their chart.