“You must burn. Burn higher.
Burn for everything you have ever wanted. For everything you have ever lost, for every crack in your heart and every fraction of every irreplaceable moment. Burn high for love. For fear. For life.
Burn as fast and as long as you can.
You must burn, burn higher.
Because nothing in this world will kill you faster than a dying fire.”
I play with fire…there I said it 🙂 I started my obsession with my first trip to Burning Man back in 2002. it was a magical,burning,enlightening display of art and life before my very eyes. I came out a different person and I believe some of me is still there …in 2002…in that very space. It’s impossible to explain.
How do you connect such an experience to THIS world once you’ve left that temporary one? I use fire. I’ve found no matter what the issue I can usually dance my way out of a funk with fire and movement. It may just be a quick temporary fix but it’s been a life saver on a few occasions.
“I want more of this feeling – fire and wings.”
These photos are taken from performances in Raleigh NC. The Black Flower,a local bar,was nice enough to host a few of our fire community events there. Inside we’d have burlesque,hypnosis,shibari,hooping then outside….FIRE!
“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”~ Candace Bushnell
When I post these photos the most common questions are
- OMG how do you dance around with fire in THOSE shoes? Well…very carefully…haha. No seriously those are very comfortable shoes!
- Aren’t you afraid the long hair will catch fire? No…the wig is synthetic. It actually melts vs catching any sort of flame.
- That’s a lot of exposed skin! Doesn’t it burn? Haha yes…I mean if it comes into contact with my skin it can burn me. But I’ve not once had a serious burn of any sort. That’s what practice is for. I would never suggest anyone just pick up a flaming object and go at it 🙂
- BUT what happens if you do catch fire? I am all about safety. What you don’t see in these photos are awesome assistants equipped with emergency items in case anything should happen. We got this!
I love seeing what images get captured on camera. The fire trails have a life and are an art all their own.
“Let the spark in you catch fire and burn into the air, so that it may light up the sky.”
~Saim .A. Cheeda
Until next time…
Dancing in flames,