Fire Art

December 8, 2007 at 10:39 am | Posted in art, festivals, memories | 1 Comment

Years ago, I went to Glendale Glitter and Glow, a block party like festival in Glendale, Arizona. (The next one is in January; here is where you can get info on it.) I went in 2004 when Flam Chen, Tucson’s pyrotechnic theater troupe performed there. (Here’s a promotional video for Flam Chen.)

It was fun, but seeing Flam Chen perform was absolutely amazing. Adjectives that come to mind are mystical, magickal, otherworldly, entrancing. On the one hand, the inherent danger of what they do with fire and the technical proficiency required to do it are impressive. But even though the awareness of that never goes away, their handling of the fire is not the point, it is their medium. They are not there to dazzle you with their abilities of handling fire, their purpose is art. And their performance is mesmerizing.

I will not see Flam Chen for a while, living in the North Country as I now do, but I am on the lookout for anyone performing with poi in the area.

I have also become aware of a group based in San Francisco called Flaming Lotus Girls. Their brand of fire art is not based in performance, but in sculpture. Their media for creating their sculptures is metal and fire, and some of their art is interactive to a degree. I have not seen them in person; I became aware of them through an old school friend Lee, who made a bold life-changing move from New Jersey to San Francisco about 5 years ago. He obviously fell in with the right sort of “wrong crowd,” and has made the most of it. Rock on, Lee!

FLG has had their art featured at Burning Man and around the world. They now have an impressive two year calendar, the proceeds of which go to improving their current project, Serpent Mother (video), and continuing its world tour. I really want a calendar. I’ll probably get one after the holidays.


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  1. Thanks for the tip.
    Mom & Dad are going out to visit my Aunt and family in Scottsdale around then! I’ve forwarded my dad the website.

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