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“If our life lacks a constant magic it is because we choose to observe our acts and lose ourselves in consideration of their imagined form and meaning, instead of being impelled by their force.” ― Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double

Growing up my very first love was music, then theater, now is dance.

I never really break up with any of the preceding lovers, I am a happy polygamist in this sense. They all go along very well, and our love making is absolutely ecstatic.

My very first instrument was an old metal bucket that I found in the basement of where I lived as a little boy. It was more of an underground bunker really, where my family actually took refuge during the many bombing of World War II. I was banging on that metal bucket with two sticks for hours, remembering ancient rhythms of my ancestors, chanting and humming improvised melodies. I was loud and I was doing it for a very long time. Nobody could hear me. It was my therapy. My way to survive a not so easy childhood.

Then I grew angrier and louder with my rock band, and I flew high with Led Zeppelin and Patty Smith. Then I read Artaud, I met Grotowsky, Barba, Kantor and the silence, the darkness, the mystery of the existence seemed to mix very well with the deafening feed back from loudspeakers. 

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I trained my body and my voice to perform pretty bizarre acts on stage, in the streets, with costumes, naked, screaming, crying, laughing. Never judging what I was doing, just impelled by it.

Dance, in the shape of 5Rhythms arrived later. But at the perfect time. In the perfect place. Gabrielle Roth was born here. She loved Patty Smith and Artaud and drumming as much as I did. She loved to dance and explore theater in the same place where I started: Theater Artaud in San Francisco.

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So this month, June 14-16, I will have a chance to frolic and explore the depth of the powerful medicine of all of my loves: Music, Dance and Theater, in the same space. I will be supporting with all my heart, the work of Lorca Simons, a ground breaking ritual theatre lab Live Wire for the first time in San Francisco. She is naturally powerful, charismatic, compassionate leader and theater is in her blood and bones. 

In her words: “Lorca has an inviting energy and generous spirit that shines through all of her work. She exudes a no-BS down-to-earth Texan vibe that has been refined by her years working closely with Gabrielle Roth in New York and carrying the 5Rhythms torch around the world. “ I love working with big groups of people. There’s sort of a Grecian quality or style of theatre that, as Gabrielle would say, is about breaking down that fourth wall so that we have that really deep connection of each other’s stories and experiences. It’s through that kind of sharing and raw earthiness that I can create what I call a unified theatre experience.”

Adding your presence, on this journey of discovery, will make the experience even more profound and meaningful for all of us. I promise new amazing magical findings, and don't worry, the mystery will remain. I will meet you here.

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Matters of the Heart

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Last Fall I fell in love with my heart and many other hearts beating ardently in the chest of the delightful tribe of the Gorge in Oregon. Last month I embraced love in San Francisco and I was embraced by the bursting love of everyone in this home community, my family. And soon I will carry with me all of this emotional amazing support and powerful strength all the way to Asia, to Singapore, offering a weekend of what will be their first 5Rhythms Heartbeat workshop.

As a paladin of the Heart Warrior I will be standing respectful and proud of the honor and the commitment I made to bring my offering to the world. It is such a gift to be able to share this practice to many in the four directions. I am ready to step together with all the hearts that I will be meeting over there, into the journey of the emotions. Feeling already the inspiration that comes from that land and the ancestors that populated myriad of islands, navigated perilous seas and witnessed in awe the power of tremendous volcanoes. The history of that is still there. Deep in the bones and in the soul of the people. It can’t be denied, it can’t be hidden, as much as it can’t be let out of control. It’s a deep warrior power that resides in the heart.

It's not an easy and straight path. It takes time and courage, and openness. After many years of trials and errors, gurus and shamans meetings, explorations of many traditional and alternative directions, I am still learning. And, if nothing else, welcoming errors as another possible way to grow. Still learning how to give proper space and directions to all the responses that my body, mind and heart collect and process to transform my energy into action. Standing with the full energy of a peaceful warrior, with clear mind, strong heart and fluid body. 

The 5Rhythms is and has been my best map to step fully supported in all of this. 

Gabrielle Roth said: "The only way out is through". I would add: through it, over and over. Wave after wave. Breath after breath. Day after day. Life after life.

Dancing it all. Eternally.

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I Love February

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February is when red hearts are pretty much everywhere. Flying balloons, candies, wish cards, t-shirts, jewelry and so on. The word Love is following or preceding sentences in every possible way. Romance is a must and so chocolate and champagne and flowers and...

And so here I am, bringing my contribution and my take to this celebration of Love

Love has been my mantra since long time ago. Not only the romantic love, that I enjoyed it and still do practice it very much, grateful to my adorable partner, but the one love that can be found in every instant of our existence. In every living being, flower, sound, color, poem, breath, song, dance and even in a grain of sand or a drop of rain.

I believe in Love. It is the most powerful and transformational energy that humans can experience. It is our life force, we all have it inside us, and we can fully appreciate it by embracing all our emotions.

Some of us might not see it, deny it, fear it, underestimate it, even reject it. That's when we would need to revisit our basic emotional map. To find out how powerful they are, how amazingly we can experience and relate to them, feeling, walking and dancing through them. Supported by the 5Rhythms practice and by activating dynamically the life force within us.

Embrace Love is the upcoming Heartbeat workshop I will be offering in San Francisco on February 15-17, supported by The City Waves.

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Don't miss the opportunity to explore and embrace your emotions and to dance through them, to embrace your heart and the love that wants to flow through it. I’ll meet you there!

Sharing with you a testimonial from my last Heartbeat workshop in Oregon:

"How to describe my experience of Heartbeat with Alessandro Moruzzi facilitating? It was visceral, raw, pulsating and took me to a very clear place within myself...I felt my Staccato fire more fully within this workshop than I ever had previously. It was so rich and satisfying to witness my home community experience the Heartbeat Map for the first time...to witness fresh tears, rage, grief mixed with laughter. How can I put into words such an exposure? I felt and saw a cohesive group connect, crest, break open, enter grace and hold each other throughout the process. I witnessed dancers speaking their truth, voicing their needs and being fully supported by Alessandro and the Heartbeat Map he has been steeped in. The words that seem the most alive within me as I reflect ~ naked, inspired and grateful." - Adrienne Lee, 5Rhythms SpaceHolder at Columbia Gorge, Oregon

"In Heartbeat we explore our emotions as energy, as power, as part of being human. Old feelings that have been locked in our limbs or caged in our chest begin to shake loose. We get comfortable with feelings, neither hanging onto them nor pushing them away.
FEAR ANGER SADNESS JOY COMPASSION
The Focus: the spontaneous heart.
The Outcome: We can feel when our hearts are open, when they are closed, what all this has to do with love and how badly everybody needs and wants it." - 5Rhythms Global

To conclude I'd like to offer some quotes from Gabrielle Roth's Maps to Ecstasy, Chapter Two; Expressing the Heart | The Power of Loving:

Love is, essentially, the primal energy of all our emotions flowing.

Love is the healthy functioning of our whole emotional system.

The expression and release of our true feelings constitute the essence of loving.

Moving the body through the rhythms necessarily releases the emotions. Freeing the body leads inevitably to free the heart. Emotions need to flow like the blood circulating our body.

Express the heart, free the emotions to experience the power of loving.

Midnight

Midnight. Always the instant where the day change.

On December 31st the change is even more evident. Marking the end, and the inevitable beginning of our calendar year. Just a practical convention. The Gregorian calendar was a mathematical invention done in 1582 to fix a preceding messy way to keep tracks of time, the Julian calendar. Still carrying some error in it. That got fixed, somehow, with the leap years addition. Other cultures use different counts, starting the count at other times and measuring it in different ways. However we ended up accepting this way, almost everywhere, to agree with each other, at least setting our clocks and calendar in sync with each other…

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What is time anyway? Does time really exist? No matter on what numbers or definition of time we embrace, I can say that I personally experience beginning and ending, related to time. Over and over again. Year to year, month to month, day to day, season to season, full moon to new moon, sunrise to sunset, birth to death.  

So, let's agree that one "year" of our life has passed at midnight on December 31st. We experienced, in billion different ways, consciously or not, that passage from one year to another. That blink of an eye, instant of neutral suspension from the very official ending of 2018 to the very official beginning of 2019.  

One year has gone and another begins. 

What was gone with it? What will come after? 

We could meditate on the past and projecting into the future, creating more new year’s resolution.

We could make a lists of success and failures, joys and sorrows, ups and downs.

We could make plans and draw schedules and formulate proposition and intentions. 

I could, I should. I did.

All good. All commendable. All essential and proper.

But I also want to share how much I appreciated experiencing that blink of an eye in between years. 

That speckle of emptiness that is in between the in and the out breath. That invisible moment detached from the past and the future. 

The present.

00:00:00 was amazing. 

It was invisible, odorless, immaterial. It was nothing. It was emptiness. 

I was in it for eternity and I went through it in a blink of an eye.

The present.

I want to find it again into my dance, into my teaching, into my life. I want to live into that infinite nothingness and embrace all that comes with it and becoming fully aware that I'm in it. That I am it. 

Not only once a year. Not only at midnight. Always.

Dance all of this with me, with us. Let words and thoughts and theories and concepts dissolve in the ether. Come as yourself and dance in emptiness, in eternity, in the present, embracing that invisible dynamic energy that keeps all of this in motion: Love. 

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Embrace Love. Love for ourselves, for another, for the world, for our lives. 

May this new year bring inspiration and clarity for all of us. And may the dance of Love guide us toward the brightest Light. Happy 2019!!!

This Fall I Fell In Love

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'Fall In Love With Your Heart' was the title of my very first Heartbeat workshop I was honored to facilitate. And here, in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, surrounded by rivers, waterfalls, mountains, trees, colorful autumn leaves and together with other 44 amazing hearts I adventured in a three days journey through the 5Rhythms map of the emotions.

"In the empty space between the beats of our hearts rest the essence of our deepest emotional being. A heart that surrenders to its feet fills a body that moves in its essential rhythmic beat." Jonathan Horan

And I, we, explored that empty space.

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We walked. We danced. We screamed. We cried. We laughed. We stepped in with our humbleness and vulnerability, showing ourselves openly and witnessing the others, with gratitude and full attention in a safe and welcoming space. Together. In sacred unity. Guided and supported by commune intents, reciprocal trust, deep respect and care for each and everyone's courageous heart that embarked in this journey.

So I also did (again and again) fall in love with my heart. 

I did have the opportunity to offer my own vulnerability, my imperfection, my full presence and my learning. And to navigate through this map trusting my feet, my breath and the rhythm of my heart. 

How can one not fall in love with his/hers/their hearts? And be fascinated by it? And desiring to take good care of it? And be inspired. And feel. Feel. Feel. Feel. Everything. 

And that. Of course. It's just the first step in our conscious life's journey. Moving towards Love for another. Towards Love for All. Toward Spirit.

Grateful for you all. Stepping forward. With more Love in my Heart. Ready to share it all. Again and again.

"Dance to fall in love with the spirit in all things." Gabrielle Roth

Summer Peaks

Still summer. Here. Still winter in the southern hemisphere. We will be jumping today, from long days to long nights, traveling, south of the equator. All the way to Peru.

I am always amazed at how just in a few hours of flight we can change season, temperature, language, food, attitude and so on. 

A few years ago it took me a few months of daily riding to make it over there on my motorcycle, from San Francisco. I actually rode from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. And going through Peru was one of my favorite part of the trip and I really loved it.

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At the height of 7970ft / 2430m above sea level with the sacred Macchu Picchu

In a few days, Vehllia and I will be bringing our 5Rhythms teaching there, in a weekend workshop called Path to the Center | Camino al Centro.  Honored to be invited and excited to bring our sacred offering in that consecrated and venerable land.

North to South. In our Path to the Center. And of course bringing our ancestral connections from East and West. 

Path to the Center. Where the cardinal directions are just a way to embrace and to encompass the Universe all. The center is inside us. We are one with the Creation and with its mysterious immensity. I always loved the infinite sign: "∞". And I consider our universe, our existence and our spirit infinite. No defined beginning, ending, borders, no mine or yours and ultimately no explanation either. I love science, but I see the amazing discoveries we keep doing as a never-ending conversation that will in fact never end.

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So I prefer to dance. And our direction this time will be directly to the Center. To the Moving Center. To the discovery of our own truth. Through our movement. Connecting heart, mind, body and soul. To the Center.

Then we will be back. And we will bring with us spiritual gifts and discoveries from that consecrated and venerable land. And once again we will be offering our practice in another workshop. Earth to Ether. Navigating through the elements. Culminating in a full moon ritual where we will be honoring the mystery, the wonder and the power of our natural existence.

If you can't make it to Peru, join us for a post Peru workshop, in San Francisco on a full moon weekend. Promise it will be amazing!

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