Circling Sorrows

Ariellah and Darker Still Productions
Thursday - Saturday, December 1-3 at 8PM PT
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Ariellah and Darker Still Productions present:

Circling Sorrows:  Suffering Explorations – The Ache of Disconnect


Ariellah and Danielle, Photo Credit by Robert Domondon

Circling Sorrows is a walk in the garden of decline that is our world.  Struggling to emerge from the dominant paradigm of disconnect…returning back into the world of connection.

Blossoming resiliency. 



With each exploration of movement and sound, there comes ache and awakening.

Awakening to suffering.

Awakening to connection. 

Awakening to awareness.

Awakening and remembering our most truest, inner selves.


Ariellah, Photo Credit by Danielle White Studios

Dismal Times, Revolutionary Connection…


It is a place where shadows are explored, suffering is given voice, and the erosion of connection is exposed.  It is an awakening to the ache of disconnect, so to speak, as we find ourselves in the garden of decline, stuck in the paradigm of disconnect. 


Our world holds both personal and collective trauma.  All of life is suffering…and our desire to be free from it.  The first step is to dive, willingly, into our grief, our loss, our suffering, our trauma.  From there we can be available to come from a place of more love and compassion, allowing us to reconnect with ourselves, each other and the natural world around us.   From this place, we can then forge new stories as a new, more connected, dominant paradigm.  


From UNconscious to WE-conscious.

THIS, is revolutionary connection. 


We invite you to immerse in this deep dive exploration and inhalation with us…


Music is Life!


Doors open at 7:15PM. Show begins promptly at 8PM.


Ariellah, Photo Credit by Bart Frescura


Ariellah is the creator and curator of Circling Sorrows. Ariellah is a life-long dancer, accompanied by over 30 years of training in classical Ballet training with the Royal Academy of Dance(London), Transcultural Fusion Dance, Hip Hop, Odissi, Barre Method, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga practice, alongside her personal Buddhist meditation practice.  She is an international fusion dancer/mover, performer and instructor.  Dancing and music are her complete passions, alongside love and a reverence for nature and a pursuit of health and peace through thee understandings, philosophies and deep nourishing benefits of meditation practice. Dance and music are one.  Nature connects us all.  Awareness allows for life. Ariellah is of Moroccan heritage and teaches MENAHT(Middle Eastern, North African, Helenistic, and Turkish) Transcultural Fusion Dance and is a frontiersman and practitioner in the genre of Fusion Dance- teaching, training, and performing all over the world – for over 20 years, constantly pushing the boundaries of her art form. She also offers guided meditation and mindfulness practices and has immersed in these practices and philosophies for more than a decade. Ariellah brings the very essence and depth of her life understandings and experiences, to the stage through her choreographic offerings and artistic works.  If you are interested in learning more about Ariellah’s work, please visit:

Ariellah is the founder and sole producer of Darker Still Productions and is also the founder and artistic director of Deshret Dance Company. For the past 14 years Darker Still Productions has brought the underground artist into public view and has delved deeply into the wide range and depth of thee human experience, embracing non-duality.  Darker Still Productions creates atmospheric, heartfelt experiences that transcend and connect.



                                                                                                                                                                               Circling Sorrows Performers








Rev. Anandha Ray ~

Rev. Priestess Anandha Ray, MA, MA, DTR has over 30 years international experience as an award winning choreographer and artistic director with Moving Arts Dance, and she currently directs Quimera Ritual Dance. Creating dances that open gateways to understanding the shadow realms has been her life’s work. She served as Cultural Ambassador with US Embassies of Belarus and Poland on annual tours called “Dance Without Borders”, innovated a form of dance inquiry and performance called Shamanic Fusion Dance® (dance as transformational classes/ceremonies/performances), and in her varied career has also served as a Dance Therapist, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of a university dance program, and she is a Pipe Carrier of indigenous dance ceremonies. She is a WisdomKeeper ( 2019) and an internationally celebrated, multiple award-winning choreographer and humanitarian including selection as a young choreographer for the Martha Graham company (1982).  For her contributions in dance she has been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame, been inducted as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, and received commendations from the U.S. Senate, California Assembly, National College Dance Festival honorary performances at the Kennedy Center (1986, 2016), Washington DC, received the Las Vegas Dance as an Art Form Award, and has been named a visionary in the arts (Diablo Magazine 2001, 2006). She is an ordained priestess of the Goddess Isis and leads others through 18-month long initiations in these realms, through Shamanic Fusion Dance.



Circling Sorrows will feature thee World Premiere of Rev. Anandha Moon Ray’s film, “Grief Ritual for Mana”


Featured Dancer Arch Priestess Mana Youngbear

Sound Score “Unpacking Boxes” by Dan Cantrell, used by permission of the artist & “Grief Ritual” written and spoken by Anandha Ray

Edited by Zed Friedman 

On Location at Summer Lake Willits, California

Videography by Angela Lau & Pixabay






Lauren Davis of Sui Generis Magicka ~
Lauren is a visceral, ritual performance artist utilizing Butoh and pain rites to explore the depths of our shadows, unearth the subconscious and work within primal, ecstatic and altered states of consciousness. Lauren founded and directs the feral femme extreme performance art group, Coven of Ashes. She also the founder of Dark Ambient Sound Bath, which is a darker, jungian approach to sound healing and meditation. She now performs under “Sui Generis Magicka”, which offers ritual provisions, tools and workshops as well as performance art.








Soriah ~

Avant-shamanic Tuvan throat singing merged with modern, ethereal, and dark soundscapes. SoRIAH’s live performance is breathtaking, an experience of both beauty and artistic ritual. SoRIAH has shared the stage with artists including Peter Murphy and David J (Bauhaus), cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Liberation Movement, and Clan of Xymox. He has contributed to studio recordings of Modest Mouse, and The Dandy Warhols. Drifting along the lines of Coil yet filling in a void of shamanic ambience, SoRIAH’s newest album, Cathartes, is set to hit stores September, 2021. A true gem found off of the beaten path.








Bad Unkl Sista ~
In a world designed to stimulate our senses, a poet’s heart dances beyond the paltry scope of words. Words can be tempting and limiting; they offer us safety from the natural world and the wild feelings in our hearts. The theater of Anastazia Louise engages these places without reliance on words. To witness her interactive visual poetry is to comprehend primal communication. She unravels themes woven throughout the human experience to stitch together stories that transport the witnesses to a powerful field of vulnerability. Anastazia’s performance goal for the last 25+ years has been to work with the thread of grief, loss, trauma release, and renewal. For this piece, she offers the raw journey of disintegration of self brought about by the mourning of the state of our world, its people, and our Earth along with a 2-year forced hiatus from performance and teaching. This piece is about the journey of remembering, a holding of the self, and the holding of each other.





Paul Mercer ~

Paul Mercer is a composer and violinist from Atlanta, Georgia. He began studying the violin at age eight and started writing music almost immediately. At age 17, an epiphany occurred and music became the focus of his life. Developing his unique improvisational approach to the violin from street performing and forays into different genres and styles, he joined the neoclassical pop quintet The Changelings at their inception in 1994, going on to produce six critically acclaimed albums with them. In 1995 he began studying Hindustani music with Afghan Rebab master Rafi Akbar Zada. The influence of raga and its ancient concept of modal music theory went on to greatly influence his style. In 1997 he entered the violin business, learning a great deal of the instruments history as well as becoming adept at identifying the work of different schools of makers. This experience led to the production of his first solo album of classical work, entitled “Ghosts”. This recording has led to numerous soundtrack productions for stage and film, 36 to date. In 2004 he began performing with avant garde jazz pioneers DP3, releasing three albums. 2006 saw the birth of The Ghosts Project with cofounder Davis Petterson, which refined his improvisational technique and has resulted in three albums and improvisational musical collaborations too numerous to count. In recent years he has toured and/or recorded with Jill Tracy, Zoe Keating, Brass Knuckle Surfer and Faith And The Muse at venues all over the world. He is currently working on a new Changelings album, a new Ghosts Project album,                                                                                                                and putting the final touches on several soundtrack releases.








Deshret Dance Co~

Ariellah is an international fusion dancer, performer, and instructor with much passion in her heart for life, for music, for love. She has an extensive dance background that spans 30 + years. Deshret Dance Company was founded in early 2007 by Ariellah, the company’s artistic director and main choreographer. Deshret’s current collaborating dancers are Danielle White, Natalie Nayun, Elizabeth Zohar, Becca Lavery, and Marjorye Maciel. Each of the dancers contributes their individuality and strength to the dance company. DDC explores matters of the heart and the world and all that interconnects… Wandering between darkness and light…





Header Photo: Ariellah Performing in Aix-En-Provence, France. Credit: Solena Fabre






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