Partners in love & life, Sheena Cox and Michael Ventle, founded The Astral Gypsies Giant Puppet Troupe in 2010. Their inspiration was sparked when their friends at Coyote Rising taught them the ropes of giant puppetry and how to transform common everyday items into creative mediums. Although puppetry is one of the oldest forms of theater, this team has revolutionized giant puppet performances by self engineering designs that enable their creatures to come to life in the most heavily packed event centers and audiences across the country. The challange for them was space, how to get a 40 ft long creature through 100,000 people? The answer, new innovative designs that allow their creatures to crawl over the audience while they manipulate them from underneath. Over the years their unique style & designs have become so highly sought after that even producers like CEO of Insomniac Inc., Pasquale Rotella, has replicated their creative models and performance prowess. Today, The Astral Gypsies have grown into a tribe with over 40 giant creatures and 20 professional performers that feature a vartiety of art forms. A nationwide staple, touring the universe full time on a mission to open the door of the mind to a world of waking dreams by sharing their art with the world.
Astral Valley has hosted over 100 different live theatrical performers from across the globe. From fire breathers to giant puppets to belly dancers the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few of them we have sponsored...
Sara “MissConception” Glass is a lyrical dynamism coming with (what can fittingly be described as) a funk-a-hop-a-dellic, electrograss-driven, futuristical-written space-age sound to make you bounce. Born and raised in Kansas City, she’s made it to the coast and back, spitting conscious hip hop in LA, organizing and overseeing artists for nationally known festivals, from competing in local poetry slams to club bookings in several major US cities, there is rarely any down time for this one-of-a-kind wordsmith, and for good reason. Miss Conception has released three albums thus far. With multiple 16-bars penetrating your heart, the spiritual messages that change peoples’ acceptance, a higher consciousness learning and a proactive intent deeply burning, constantly churning out new material.
Featured Performers of Astral Valley
Flux Infernos are a tribe of fire and led manipulation performance artists from across the Midwest. With over 15 live performers and a slew of talent their daring feats are sure to awe & amaze any crowd. Always leaving you on the edge of your seat and begging for more jaw dropping excitement. They have qickly become an Astral Valley staple entertianing the masses using flow props such as poi, hula hoops, devil sticks, fire breathing, rope darts, hammer puppies, fans, juggling, and much more. Find them lighting up your next festival or special event experience.
STL HOOP CLUB
The STL Hoop Club provides hoop dance performance, education, and community in St. Louis and the metro-area. They are a group of professional and dedicated dancers that enjoy teaching and performing locally and nationally. Their performance team, Cosmic Collaborative, is comprised of a group of 14 talented, versatile individuals who specialize in a vast amount of performance arts including; but not limited to: Hoop Dance, Fire Performance, Poi, Staff, and Aerial Silks.
Beyond Wings is exactly what it means. This circus company offers beyond imagination entertainment for hire. It includes an elite collaboration group of professional fire dancers, bellydancers, drummers, aerialist flyers, circus performers and more! Hailing from Nashville, TN they provide a most unique and exclusive circus feel with an extravagent variety acts such as aerial, bellydance, fire, LED shows & more.