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Symbiosis Gathering

September 4, 2013 — 6 Comments

Symbiosis Gathering intends to facilitate peak experiences through a synaesthesia of art, music, transformational learning, and sustainable living integrated into an unparalleled extravaganza of fun beneath the starry skies.


The organization was founded on strong principles of environmental consciousness and ecological sustainability and each event has continued to advance this vision through the implementation of both time-tested and innovative eco-action initiatives.


They seek to provide a space for the fusion of aesthetics, sound, and natural living, in an atmosphere of interactive co-creation so we may share in moments that are transformative and inspiring, based in a deep respect for our community and environment.


Woodward Reservoir is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by a crystal clear swimming lake, with incredible shoreline camping. Bring floating toys! Watch epic sunrises and sunsets from four lakeside dance floors. This venue is gonna blow you away!

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Symbiosis Academy 

Symbiosis welcomes you to a proud presentation of workshops, playshops, danceshops, and much, much more! This year, Symbiosis Academy will focus on practical methods of transforming the earth, our bodies and food sources, and creating sustenance in ways that are in harmony with the body of life.

Symbiosis is honored to welcome powerful speakers with messages for manifesting real visions through positive actions. Workshops will include yogis, dance instructors, and all sorts of inspiring individuals who can move your body, mind, and spirit. They also have a special addition to this years offerings, not one, but two improv troupes featured at Chicago’s Second City! So come prepared to laugh, learn, and lean into the future together!



Intuitions, inspirations, and the ineffable all emerge into existence through thoughts, ideas, and art. Before airplanes and helicopters, Leonardo da Vinci sketched all sorts of flying contraptions that, while not functional, paved the way for new thinkers to improve, surpass, and succeed.  At times art is not understood by contemporaries while in hindsight it can become evident that the manifestations of those who came before us intimated and imagined the world which becomes.

Symbiosis is proud to support and gather artist, sculptors, and creators of all kinds to bend our imaginations and cross the boundaries of what we believe is possible…because we understand ourselves as caretakers of the world for the generations that will follow in our footsteps.



Ceremony is a gift. It opens, it closes, it sustains, it greets, it lays to rest. Ceremony opens our eyes to the world which we see every day and reminds us of the world which we may not remember. Ceremony need not be solemn, nor sad, nor jovial, nor full of foof, but ceremony must be respected.


Our ancestors who walked the earth long before us used ceremony to remind them of the past, which bound them to the present and set the stage for our future. Symbiosis holds ceremony dear to their heart and they hope that you will join them in celebration and appreciation of this great communal gift.



We all need healing at moments in our lives and for this Gathering they’d like to bring it to the forefront. Through body and energy work, workshops and daydreaming, communication with friends and strangers, dancing, yoga, breathing, and singing, healing is an essential part of life and an essential part of the Gathering. Healing is living and supporting life around us, and we are here with ten thousand arms!



Kids 12 and under are FREE!



There will be many yoga instructors at the gathering.



Their Marketplace features yummy organic food and their Permaculture course will be an amazing experience for all who can attend!


Satya Yuga

Somewhere between light and darkness between mortal and deity is a waking dream known as Satya Yuga. The Yuga of truth will play host to raw, unbridled performance, spoken word, acoustic and devotional music, and occasional ranting by mad geniuses….


Psychedelic Friendship Bingo 

A fortunate thing happened one day on a trip to the akashic record. A portal to the universal source of gameshow energy was bottled, aged, and opened up for you to drink in the delights of Bingo in the psychedelic goodness it was meant for. Come share in joy but do not mess with Bingo or you will face the condiments!

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Experience an incredible lineup of musical acts.


WHAT: Symbiosis Gathering 
September 19 – 23, 2013
Woodward Reservoir | Oakdale, CA


CONTACT INFO: (866) 558-4253

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A cast of hugely talented individual performers join together to keep a local radio station on the air. ZinZannity quickly ensues with dazzling music, dance, and acrobatic performances as magic blooms in the musical moonlight. Tune in for a nostalgic journey of music, cirque, and cabaret as Love, Chaos & Dinner “broadcasts live” from Teatro ZinZanni.


Teatro ZinZanni is part circus, part dinner theatre, and always magical. Described as “the Kit Kat Klub on acid” and “the hottest ticket in town” Teatro ZinZanni is an experience unlike any other. It is a three-hour whirlwind of international cirque, comedy, and European Cabaret all served up with a scrumptious five-course feast and elegant libations.


Each ever-evolving and constantly changing production — at least three new shows per year — Teatro ZinZanni combines improv comedy, vaudeville revue, music, dance, cirque, and sensuality into a dizzying and colorful new form that is never quite the same from evening to evening. Famous for its intimate setting, the fast-paced action of the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you as you dine on a gourmet meal. Teatro ZinZanni is guaranteed to dazzle.

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Patina Catering is honored to be the exclusive caterer for some of the finest performing arts and cultural centers in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco. From a simple reception to an elaborate multi-course dinner, Patina Catering orchestrates events with flawless execution and the apparent ease that only a master can display. From the first sip of the welcoming cocktail to the last satisfying morsel, Patina Catering offers events filled with unexpected surprise, invisibly attended by their professional event staff with polished expertise and an understated, elegant flair.


History of the Spiegeltent

To house Teatro ZinZanni, One Reel imported two beautiful antique theatres from Belgium and erected them in downtown Seattle and on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.


Opulent palaces of red velvet and gold brocade, stained glass, and deep mahogany, the European cabaret tents, known as spiegeltents (mirror tents), were constructed in the 1910s by renowned craftsman Willem Klessens. These warm, intimate circular theatres hosted dances, wine tastings, cabarets, and celebrations in Europe for almost a century.


Each tent consists of over 4,000 pieces. Designed to be erected and broken down in a hurry, Klessens’ spiegeltents require no metal fasteners for construction and can be assembled by a team of three or four in a single day. There are currently about one hundred of these remarkable structures in existence, and these two tents, San Francisco’s Palais Nostalgique and Seattle’s Moulin Rouge, are among the oldest in the Belgian collection. The tents are still owned by the Klessens family and Willem’s grandson, Willy Klessens (and his son Johnny). Together, they have been lovingly restoring and touring the tents since 1987. Willy traveled to Seattle and San Francisco with his son Johnny and brother-in-law Tom to oversee the construction of these tents for Teatro ZinZanni.

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Each of these gorgeous pavilions has a unique history. The Moulin Rouge in Seattle was nearly destroyed by the Nazis as retribution for a resistance force that blew up a bridge in advance of the Nazi approach. The Nazis burned the wood from the tent in a huge bonfire at the foot of the demolished ridge and smashed all the mirrors. While very little of the Moulin Rouge is original, San Francisco’s Palais Nostalgique was buried deep underground during WWII and made it through the conflict unscathed. Both century-old tents are still in fine form. They stand twenty-nine feet tall, with a circumference of 211 feet. They can comfortably accommodate 300 audience members, along with the waiters, clowns, singers, jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists, musicians, and acrobats who serve them.


Origins & Artists

In 1992, Teatro ZinZanni’s creative director Norm Langill walked into a weather-beaten spiegeltent on a quiet Barcelona street, and fell in love. Inside that tent, anything was possible. Inside that tent, everything was possible: Feats of terrible strength! Manic antics! Beauty beyond belief! Art as dinner; dinner as art!

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Langill found the Palais Nostalgique tent in Belgium and convinced the Klessens family to bring it to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the great cabarets of Europe, he created a bold dinner show steeped in absurdity and spiked with a fresh sense of American comedy. From around the world, he brought in celebrated artists schooled in cirque, clowning, cabaret, aerial and balance artistry, magic, and illusions. From renowned celebrated Seattle restaurants, he brought in top chefs to create a five-course meal extraordinaire.

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The first production opened in Seattle to rave reviews in 1998 and ran for fourteen soldout months. In March of 2000, Langill moved the Palais Nostalgique to San Francisco, where it continues to captivate audiences and break new artistic territory. Soon, he was on the hunt, looking for a second tent. He found the Moulin Rouge, a slightly older but no less elegant tent, again from the Klessens family. Inside this palace of mirrors and red velvet, he opened a second Teatro ZinZanni company in Seattle in 2002.


A night at Teatro ZinZanni is like no other. Think Fellini. Think Toulouse-Lautrec. Think remote-control dolls, stripper dwarves, human towers, contortionists heels over heads high above you, a Gray’s Anatomy of muscles on display, twelve feet away. Think opera and spectacle, chiffon and chain mail, flying men and floating women. “I tell people it’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on,” says Maria Muldaur, a divine diva in ZinZanni’s ever-rotating cast.

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Everyone is in on the act, including the guests. A stern White Clown swoops up an audience member wearing a tiara and feather boa for a golden-oldies dance. A ribald Red Clown grabs an elder gent in tails: “Snow on the roof, fire in the furnace!” A drag queen with a cluster-bomb bosom drags a man center stage to dress him up like Little Bo Peep. In this alternative universe, there are edges, embraces, and always entertainment beyond compare. Teatro ZinZanni is one of the only places in the world where more than a dozen international performers of this caliber are featured nightly. The show has joined the ranks of famed European clubs such as the Wintergarten, The Apollo, and the Tigerpalast as a world-class showcase for the increasingly rare arts of the cirque.


WHAT: Teatro ZinZanni Circus Dinner Theater
WHEN: October 24, 2012 – February 17, 2013
Segerstrom Center of the Arts| 600 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa, CA 92626

DETAILS: Tickets start at $122.85

CONTACT INFO: (714) 556-2787

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp

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