SELENA THE SNAKEGYPSY
BELLYDANCE PERFORMANCE @ UC SANTA BARBARA
ART AND PSYCHE CONFERENCE
APRIL 4-7, 2019
PERFORMANCE TIME SATURDAY EVENING 7:30 PM
Overview from the Pacifica Retreat:
The Art and Psyche Conference is designed to engage the imaginative processes of psychotherapists of all kinds alongside members of the art community in order to creatively expand one’s understanding of depth psychology. Bringing together professionals from various fields creates an environment of cross-fertilization and the opportunity to experience psychology through painting, music, poetry, and literature as well as through psychological theories and clinical practices. The work of C. G. Jung, particularly through his vividly illustrated The Red Book, will offer a historical backdrop that continues to inspire artists and psychotherapists individually and collectively.
Conference presentations revolve around the theme of “The Illuminated Imagination” which refers to The Red Book that many liken to a medieval manuscript. Through The Red Book, it is possible to see the unfolding of one person’s psychological journey with relevance for the process of individuation today and into our shared future. In The Red Book artists have discovered inspiration in developing creative productions and psychotherapists have found a depth of meaning and guidance in the day-to-day practice of clinical work. The conference itself will function as an emergent community through the interaction of the participants in large group plenaries, performances, small group break-outs, and workshops. It is our experience from three previous conferences that such interactions have a synergistic and enlivening effect on all who attend.
Mystique and I are available for event bookings, parties, and workshops.
Please contact me for rates and details.
I was 17 and waiting in the hallway of a dance studio in Helena, Montana for my ballet class to begin. Wanda Weston, the bellydance teacher, arrived to teach her class and initiated conversation with me, inviting me to take her class the following week. I attended and a new passion was born. In a short amount of time she sent me out on bellygrams (balloon deliveries) and asked me to take over teaching her class so she could pursue other interests.
I moved back to California in 1998 and continued learning, teaching, and performing. On a whim I decided I wanted to dance with a snake. I don’t recall what inspired this, as I knew nothing about snakes and had never handled one. In my early 20s I purchased Jasmine, a red-tailed Columbian boa constrictor, who was with me for 17 years. We performed countless private parties, French Cabaret shows, stage performances, dinner showcases, video shoots, and our final performance together was a Nat Geo documentary.
Jasmine passed away prematurely and it was quite a tramautic experience. She was my animal familiar, my dance partner and companion.
A few years later I felt ready to get another snake. I now have Mystique, the same type of boa who is quickly proving to be another slithering performance star.
Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball, Los Angeles, Aug 2018
Moonlight and Stars, Northridge, CA, Feb 2018
Private Birthday Party, North Hollywood, July 2018
Nat Geo “How to Party Like a Roman Emperor, Los Angeles, May 2011