Archetypes & the Metamorphosis-Masquerade

Balinese Masks that will be used in this workshop
The Balinese Masks that will be used in this workshop.

When was the last time you transformed?  When was the last time you emerged as a Queen, or sat as a King then danced as a Clown? Transformation heals, inspires and teaches… especially when inspired by image, movement and Masks!

Akil Apollo Davis is offering a uniquely curated transformational mask workshop weekend: ¨Archetypes & the Metamorphosis-Masquerade.¨

Akil’s 15 years of experience in mask work and his masks will guide you into the exploration of your innate ability to transform within the work of archetypes. They will show you how these archetypes somatically live in your body, what gifts they offer you and how knowing them better can enhance your everyday life.

This auspicious weekend takes place just after the Dia De Los Muertos/Day Of The Dead celebration! Please join us!

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November 4th, Friday Afternoon Arrival – Dinner at 6pm

8:30pm – The Call – Akil will perform and then plant seeds for Archetype Mask work weekend. Evening embodiment with masks and music. 

November 5th, Saturday All Day – Archetype Mask lecture, embodiment, costume sharing and preparation, then in the evening the Metamorphosis-Masquerade! 

November 6th, Sunday Morning/Afternoon Embodiment – Integrating archetype work and preparing for returning home.

***Bring your personal costumes, accessories and accentuations in anticipation to fully transform and explore the archetypes within you! 

***Bring extra pieces if you want to support the activation and transformation of your fellow participants!


Tier One – Financially Wealthy: $800

Tier Two . Financially Abundant: $650

Tier Three – Financially Stable: $525

Tier Four – Financially Coping: $450

Equity and Access: Although Earthdance is not able to offer full scholarships for this event, we’re excited to offer up to 8 reduced Equity & Access Tickets to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized groups and who have (ideally) not attended an Earthdance event before. We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable. Please email us at to apply for the Equity and Access ticket. Only 8 spots available at $325.

For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support creating a more diverse workshop experience for all. 

TO REGISTER: Send a PayPal payment with the tier amount that is suitable to your needs to

Once your PayPal payment is sent, PLEASE SEND an email to with your contact information, payment amount, and any sleeping arrangements. We will send a welcome letter to the entire group with information around COVID, food allergies and ride shares once registration is closed.

Housing options:

Tickets include room at the Earthdance Dormitory and full board. The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. The Earthdance Dorm) is the main lodging facility. The lodging includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base event cost. Beds are available on a first come basis. Camping is also available with a $30 discount per night (be aware that the temperatures may be cold). 

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds available up to 14 days before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds will be available less than 14 days from the start of the event. 

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the time of the cancellation and other factors.

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Akil Apollo Davis with one of his Balinese Masks.
Akil Apollo Davis with a Balinese Mask.

Akil Apollo Davis is a full time Performing Artist and Theatre Professor.

Growing up with Hip-Hop dance in the everyday culture of Memphis TN (there were no “hip-hop dance classes”) and beginning theatre very early on (12 years old), He soon moved to New York City to study and earn his Bachelors in Theatre from the prestigious NYU TISCH School of the Arts. During that time his dance, music, and performance experience exploded and has since worked on many stages and in many classrooms.

He is the teacher of an extremely rare form of Mask work (only 4 human beings teach it) which has many references to Michael Chekhov acting technique. In this work original Masks are used to aid in transformation and are hand carved from wood, painted, and blessed by Balinese Mask-Making High Priests.

An avid and professional dancer, he has received extensive training in 4 different forms of Balinese dance, 3 forms of Thai Classical dance, Modern dance, Butoh, African, Ballet, Jazz, Kabuki, and Noh. Akil subsequently combined Balinese Thai Classical and Hip-hop to create a new dance form; which he has taught at Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand.

He is a playwright, a rapper, novelist, a poet, a healer, director, artist, and choreographer.

Akil has taught Theatre and Dance all over America, in over 7 countries, 2 of which are regular and on-going (Bali and Thailand), and is now a Professor of Mask and Art Aesthetic at NYU and SUNY Purchase. He has trained with Brahmins in Bali and Monks in Thailand.

Akil has also created original meditations and spiritual practices, given many lectures (More popularly: The Zen of Alvin and the Chipmunks) and worked with psychologists at Pace University, University of Memphis, and NYU on emotional development, Suicide prevention and awareness. He works to bridge the gaps between classical/academic knowledge and esoteric philosophy.

is offering a magical Balinese mask performance and introduction at Earthdance!

Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8:30pm

$15 – $40 sliding scale

In anticipation of the 

Archetype & the Metamorphosis-Masquerade workshop, the performance and intro are open to the public… There are STILL SPACES to attend the workshop Nov 4-6.

No registration necessary for performance, pay upon arrival, and only come if you are symptom-free.

Join this intimate group for a transformational process.

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