-Trans-States. Northampton, UK. Sept 2016
-Sub Rosa, NYC Oct 2016
The Witching Hour, Oberon, Boston.
The Vanya E’dan Theatre Gothique: Apr 4-6, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, FL./
Roma Tribal Meeting, May 23-25, 2014, Rome, Italy. www.romatribal.com
NY Theatrical Bellydance Conference, June 12-16, 2014. NYC.
OCCULT II. A weekend long Esoteric Salon celebrating the intertwining vines which feed both Magick and Creative Art. Presented by Sarah Jezebel Wood and Aepril Schaile. September 26-28, 2014. Salem, MA.
OCCULT. Sept 2013. Salem, MA.
Oriental Dance Festival Stuttgart Global. March 22-23, 2013. Stuttgart, Germany.
Bellyfusions, Paris, France. January 2013.
Shadowdance. Oakland, CA. Oct, 2012.
Black Forest Tribalfestival. Offenburg, Germany.
Dark Britannia with Aepril Schaile. London. Sept 29-30 2012.
New Year’s Eve at Alex Grey’s CoSM. Jan 1, 2012.
Dark Goddess Masque. Archer Mansion, Danvers, MA.
Lumen Obscura II. Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 2011: Roma Tribal Meeting, Rome, Italy. Teacher and performer.
Oct 2011: Black Forest Tribal Festival, Germany. Teacher and performer.
July 7: NY Theatrical Bellydance Conference, NYC. Featured instructor and performer.
July 1: Sacred World Interdependence Day, Petersham, MA.
May 26-29: Rakkasah’s Spring Caravan, Somerset, NJ. Featured instructor and performer.
March 23: Temple: Sanctuary for the Unusual, Premier Event, presented by Vadalna and Excess Boston, Boston, MA. Headliner.
October 31: Laurie Cabot’s annual Samhain celebration, Salem, MA.
September 3 – 5: “The Book of Lilith: Goddess, Demon, First Woman”. Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre’s original full-length, theatrical bellydance production; at Salem Theatre Co, Salem, MA.
July 8-11: New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, NYC. Featured teacher and performer.
May 28-31: Spirit of the Tribes 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Featured teacher and performer.
March 6: Laurie Cabot’s birthday party.
January 23-24: Bellyfusions Festival, Paris, France. “Festival de danses orientales fusion”. Performance and “Eerie Serpents and Ethereal Grace” workshop.
Oct 10: Exquisite Corpse Productions presents: Descent II: Dances of the Dark Goddess: DESIRE. Salem, MA.
Sept 11: World Trade Center Memorial Fund Benefit hosted by Manhattan Tribal with Carolena Nericcio. NYC.
July 3: Sacred World Interdependence Day and Expressive Arts Festival. Workshop teacher: Shamanic Dance Theater. Earthlands Preserve, Petersham, MA.
June 14: Exquisite Corpse Productions and the Salem Arts Association present: The ART of Bellydance, Artist’s Row, Salem, MA.
Nov 16: Exquisite Corpse Productions presents: Descent: Dances of the Dark Goddess. Cambridge, MA
An Evening of Experiemental Middle Eatern Dance (EEMED) Electric Lodge Theatre, 1416 Electric Ave. October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. Venice, CA
Night of 1000 Goddesses, Morocco’s Studios, Sept 14. NYC.
Rakkasah Spring Caravan. Debut of "The Morrigan" piece. Puts Aepril onto the national bellydance map.
DARK GODDESS BELLYDANCE
Aepril Schaile dances as a medium of the archetypal Dark Feminine, and is internationally recognized for her pioneering innovation in dark theatrical, ritual and shamanistic Bellydance. In performance, Aepril becomes Trickster, Warrior, Ghost, Storm, Grieving Mother, Killer, Snow Queen, Seductress… Her performances invoke the archetypal Feminine as a force of nature and magick.
Aepril works with the archetype and godform of the Dark Goddess in bellydance; wielding traditional and non-traditional props as "magickal weapons". She has been a forerunner in her modern use of mythological motifs, shamanistic techniques, and the techniques and terminology of ritual magick in bellydance performance and instruction. Her costuming is often laden with consecrated objects intended to support a bellydance piece as a Working.
Aepril uses Bellydance as a connector to Yogic experiences of the coiled serpent energies of Kundalini. She sees Bellydance as deeply expressive of the Tantric Shakti, and the 156 current of the goddess BABALON.
INSPIRATION AND BACKGROUND
With Raqs Sharqi and American Cabaret as her foundation, her training expanded into Tribal Fusion and a bit of ballet. Her work developed toward ritual-theatre and performance art, informed by her experiences of mysticism and practice of the occult sciences. She has been influenced by Butoh, particularly in her use of grotesque imagery and her signature interspersion of hyper-controlled motion in many of her pieces.
Aepril felt that her experience of physical movement to music had many similarities in feel to experiences of lucid dreaming. In an attempt to recreate the sensations and appearances experienced in astral travel, Aepril was prompted to create her signature "ghost walk", a traveling movement which causes her to appear to float. She often considers the stage to be a magickal space; an altar. She plays significantly with perceptions of time/space reality, and she endeavors with the execution of each piece to create a World suspended in time for both performer and audience.
Aepril's lifelong immersion in Jungian psychology informs an artistic impetus toward creating pieces with both personal meaning and transpersonal reach. She is interactive and intimate with audiences, blending showmanship and mediumship. Via the use of archetype and godform, she endeavors to bring psychological and spiritual transformation and signification to her audiences. She sees her creation of Art in part as a revelation of the subconscious and the synchronistic.
Aepril’s “ancestors” of dance include Ruth St Denis, Josephine Baker, and Isadora Duncan. She has also been encouraged and influenced by such performance artists as Diamond Galas and Rachel Rosenthal, and Butoh artist Ohno Kazuo. She draws from artistic images from many eras of the powerful Feminine.
In an important moment in her early adulthood, Aepril immersed herself in an experience of prolonged solitude. There, while inhabiting the wild woods of northern New England with her wolf companion Coda, her heart was broken open. It was an experience that put her sense of reality to a great test, and she became a Walk-In of sorts. Not only did Aepril begin to dance and play music (after having no prior inclination in this respect), she also covered the walls of her cabin, top to bottom, with poetry and self portraiture using markers and pastels. Awakening her to a great Love for the natural/supernatural world, Aepril became further immersed in the world of Spirits and Invisibles, and she developed an inspired relationship with all winged creatures, wolves, storms, and the sea. The experience contributed to Aepril's artistic motivation to create Art as a means toward regeneration and redemption.
Aepril is a professional Astrologer and resident of Salem, MA (aka “Witch City”). Aepril’s work has contributed to giving a generation of bellydancers example and “permission” and inspiration to explore well outside bellydance norms.
EXQUISITE CORPSE DANCE THEATRE
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre was the dark Theatrical Bellydance project of Artistic Director Aepril Schaile. Founded in 2006, Exquisite Corpse performances were invocations using mythology, narrative story, and archetypal themes, warping and reshaping traditional bellydance forms to create a darkly distinctive presentation of artistic, emotional and spiritual impact and intensity. All choreography was by Aepril.
At a notable point in EC history, EC performed a piece at Rakkasah Spring Caravan which used the "rules" of traditional Raqs Assaya (cane dance), but "shapeshifted" it into an industrial based, Victoriana stylized take. Still using a traditional Saiidi rhythm in music choice, it was nonetheless a sped up, reconstructed version by artist Maduro. This piece was lauded by some as a brilliant act of innovation, and by others as an outrageous distortion. (Video above.)
In 2010 Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre presented “The Book of Lilith: Goddess, Demon, First Woman”, at Salem Theatre Co. in Salem, MA. Written, produced, and directed by Aepril, it challenged and relished the role of Lilith as villain and femme fatale. Based in Bellydance, it also combined narrative story, dark feminine archetypal imagery, ritual, women's spirituality and empowerment themes and spoken word, it was perhaps the first of its kind. Aepril played Lilith as lead dancer, and was lead choreographer.
Exquisite Corpse performed in large scale bellydance festivals, and produced numerous events throughout New England. It produced a recurring ritual-theatre bellydance show “Descent: Dances of the Dark Goddess”, and numerous fundraisers for Wolf Hollow, a wolf sanctuary located on the Massachusetts North Shore.