Once again I had the pleasure to perform as a Fire Dancer during Waterfire in Providence, RI. This event was also part of the Chinese Culture Night, so there was a great deal of opportunity to get to enjoy some traditional dance forms as put on by local chapters of the Confucious Institute.
It was a little strange in that the tide was so low that I didn't get to perform on a boat all night. While that did mean I got to enjoy some actual foot-work, I did realize I missed the experience of floating down the canal in front of thousands of people.
The jury is still out on whether I get to perform as a fire breather at these events again, and while I would have liked to perform my fire eater routine, the wind had other ideas.
Until October 11th!
Once again I got to go down to Providence, RI to perform at Waterfire! This was "Elemental: WaterFire Providence’s Benefit Bash at Waterplace Restaurant," and the way they had set up the location for the fundraising part of the evening was stunning!
While I still have yet to clarify with the Artistic Director of the event if they'd like to have me perform as a fire breather again, I had a great time as a fire dancer and fire eater. They'd roped off an area above and to the side of the outdoor seating section, provided the attendees with an upward view of the staged area. The stars that are so iconic a part of Waterfire decorations were hung at eye-level with myself, creating this fascinating sensation for myself that I was dancing in space.
I've always enjoyed these gigs, and I'm excited to be back this coming Saturday for a Full Lighting!
It was truly wonderul to perform this Wednesday evening with Julia Juerome at the Watertown Mws Grand Opening! Not only do I feel that we put on a great show (per usual, of course), but this was the first time I really got to book fire eaters, fire dancers, jugglers, and acrobats through my new entertainment agency, Con Moto Entertainment - "With Motion."
Fire eating indoors is one of my favorite things. Not only does the calm air make the act functionally easier, but the feeling of intimacy I get with the audience in a closed space makes for a much more enticing experience all-around. The fire dancing was relegated to a stone wall outside the main building; with Julia performing fire-fans and myself on fire-poi.
Aside from the fire, we got to mingle amongst the attendees. I juggled while Julia stilt-walked, and together we performed a few sets of partner acrobatics!
This was a brand new contact juggling routine written specifically for this reboot of the Boston Circus Guild's Speakeasy Circus. I'd been wanting to write a piece that incorporated some of the hat-manipulation I'd been working on, and this seemed to be the perfect place to put it. This was also the first time I'd had the oppotunity to have as much feedback from members of the Boston Circus Guild during the piece's creation process. Being able to to bounce ideas off of members of the production team and fine tune the choreography truly helped make this a polished routine.
This afternoon I had the pleasure of performing as a Fire Eater with some other amazing talented members of the Boston Circus Guild! The performance was out in Newport, RI and included some amazing main-stage performances, along with living statues and other ambient entertainment. Thanks go out as well to Artistic Wedding Films (www.artisticweddingfilms.com) for capturing the action and creating this video montage!
Another long drive up to Maine, another fire show! This time I was in the town of Farmington, performing for their Fire and Ice festival. The crowd was amazing, the clients were accomodating, and I had the opportunity to showcase myself as a fire eater and fire breather acts to an audience of people all looking to have a great night in the freezing cold!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of performing at Sunday River Ski Resort up in Newry, ME as part of their Black Diamond Entertainment Series. I know my good friends in Cirque de Light had been up there this past New Years Eve, and I was excited to follow them in the spirit of showcasing high-quality event entertainment around the New England area.
The organizers were relaxed and on top of their game, being extraordinarily helpful with providing and running sound for my Incandescence Fire Show. They stuck around for the show and were a wonderful audience along with the rest of the guests at the resort. Everyone "oo'd" at the fire eating and "ah'd" at the fire breathing as hoped, nicely taking care of the delicate and fragile ego of the performer in front of them.
If I had to do it again (which it bears mention I do on Wednesday, March 12th), there is certainly one thing I would change...
Hope to see you out in March!
Well, the past four months have been amazing! The Boston Circus Guild just finished our first four month run as an Artist in Residence at Club Oberon. The Speakeasy Circus; one night a month, two shows a night!
This has been a fantastic experience, having the opportunity to really sink into a more fully fledged theatrical production has been rewarding on an artisitc level I don't often get to enjoy much these days. We had the pleasure to get feedback, not just from the audience and our peers, but from the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) as well. Having the venue take such a personal interest in the success and development of the show allowed us to spend more time really getting the nitty-gritty details down; how does the light transition lighn up with the sound-cue and so on.
My fellow performers have been amazing throughout all of this as well. There's been handbalancing, corde-lisse, trapeze, tippy-lyra, contortion, group juggling, burlesque, hooping, and more!