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Fire Drums

May 16, 2010

in California

Partner Acrobatics

Partner acrobatics--just add fire.

What to do after two months of guiding in Nepal? Something radically different.

I landed in San Francisco long enough to change clothes and bags and head off with friends to a festival in the Santa Cruz mountains. Fire Drums is a weekend of workshops and practice for performers having anything to do with fire. Poi, staff, whips, batons, darts–you name it, they flame it. A few good friends in the Bay Area are part of fire collectives–meaning that they practice regularly and perform locally for public and private events. I haven’t spun fire in more than eight years, but I thought it would be a good chance to spend time with friends, re-enter the US gradually (away from phone, email, and intense city energy), and warm up my skills (if you’ll pardon the pun).

It turned out to be a wonderful weekend of play. We learned partner acrobatics.

Video: The Dragon (More Partner Acrobatics)

I also brushed up on poi spinning and started learning to hoop. Yes, hoop. Before you laugh, let me assure you, it’s not the 1950’s. Hoopers these days make it all cool again. (Except that I’m not cool at all. I’m just learning, and I haven’t felt this graceless in a long time.)

Video: Expert Hooper

Daytime workshops fed into nighttime performances–where anyone and everyone could join the circle and perform while the rest of us sat back, laughed, clapped, and enjoyed.

Video: Fire Performers

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