Blaxploitation II Party!

This summer VestaFire was pleased to be invited to co-create a party atmosphere at Nanaimo Centre Stage, for Blaxploitation II! A fun filled evening filled with 70’s funk remixes, crazy costumes, projections of 70’s movies, and and private birthday party downstairs that got just a little bit wild. Check out the three min video just released by Funky Hypothalamus-  and VestaFire was caught on tape with LED poi, Contact Juggling, and Buugeng. We also did giant Bubbles outside, and performed with fibreoptic whip and LED hoops! An awesome time was had by all, we’re so happy to have been invited to perform.

Port Theatre Performance

VestaFire Entertainment and Andre Nobles backstage at "Harmonies Of Faith" Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC. Dec 2012

VestaFire Entertainment and Andre Nobles backstage at “Harmonies Of Faith” Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC. Dec 2012

This solstice, we were privileged to once again partner with Andre Nobels  to present four acts in Central Vancouver Island Multi Cultural Society’s ‘Harmonies of Faith’- a performance bringing together the multi-faith community to express our spirituality through compassion. As prop dance artists, we at VestaFire express our spirituality through movement and music- how we connect with our Divine- our moving meditation.

The performance sold out the city’s largest venue at 850 seats. It was great performing on such a beautiful stage, to such a wonderful audience. We loved co-creating the experience with the diverse faith groups- Christian faiths, Muslim, Sikh, Pagan, Unitarian- all were represented and all came together to express love and compassion. It was a beautiful night.

The performances were wonderfully recorded and edited by Manly Media. Gratitude! And here the videos are, for your pleasure! Please let us know what you think by commenting on Facebook and Twitter, if you have them! 🙂

My multi-hoop act is featured here, on Hooping.org, a major electronic networking hub in the hooping community.

Our Acrobatic Stilt Dance, and Flowwand, folding fan, and stilt dance jam are also here for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

We have a busy few months ahead preparing for next season- costuming and choreography for two new shows. Remember to ‘like’ us and share on Facebook- we’re very active on our FB page, posting pictures, videos and things of interest there first! And then, our spring/summer season for 2013- already booked up with AMAZING performance opportunities! We’re very excited! 🙂 Thanks so much for your continued support!

VestaFire presentation on 2012SparkCircus Tour!

Circus entertainers brighten lives of refugee children

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VestaFire Entertainment has been delighting Vancouver Island audiences with striking circus performances since the group formed two years ago.

Brilliant fire displays, beautiful costumes, stilt-walking dancers and feats of juggling with multi-coloured hoops have attracted rave reviews.

But there’s more to VestaFire than just entertainment, as founder Karina Strong showed last year when she spent two months in Thailand as part of Spark Circus.

This international group of circus performers comes together to bring joy to disadvantaged children in refugee camps, migrant schools, hospitals and orphanages along the Burmese border.

What made the trip even more special was that Strong was joined by her husband Kevin, and children Jenna, eight, who also performed, and Caden, three.

On Jan. 13, the Strongs will share their stories of this mission and the impact it had on their family in a multi-media presentation at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

The presentation is part of the regular Sunday service beginning at 11 a.m. in the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. All are welcome.

“It was an amazing trip, full of challenges, but also so incredible, with so many memories,” said Karina. “We had so many touching exchanges with children. Our being there let them know they have worth, and that their happiness is important.”

Courtenay Winterfest 2012

Cast and Crew from Moonlight and Magic Corporate Gala fire show, Nov 16 2012

VestaFire was excited to be involved in the Downtown Courtenay Business Association’s Winterfest celebrations on Friday! We performed a spectacular corporate gala fire show, and provided roving entertainment as our Illuminated Angel Stilt Dancer!

We’d like to thank all our volunteers, cast and crew- I’m so proud of all of us!! Not only was it a great ‘show’ for the public, but behind the scenes was very smooth and professional. Our dip kit station ran like clockwork, and our ever watchful fire safety crew were vigilante and at-the-ready. The new propane cannon worked like a charm, and the crowd LOVED the fireballs- especially when we wheeled it out onto centre stage at the finale!! A GREAT show, and we’ve already received many more ‘likes’ and comments from the audience on our facebook page- as well as some great fan Photos! Thank you so much!

Here’s the clip video from the show- many thanks to Bird Of Prey for allowing the use of his music, and to Kevin for filming and editing.

Courtenay WinterFest Corporate Gala Fire show promo video!

Victoria Juggling and Flow Festival 2013

VestaFire is so excited to be involved with the 2013 Victoria Juggling and Flow Festival: Good to the Last Drop! Jan 18-20 2013!

Workshops for all levels of flow artists! Renegade show! Gala Show! Local and international superstar talent!

We’re organizing the workshops- is there something you’re wanting to learn? Let us know! Is there something you want to teach? Let us know that too!

We’re also performing at the Gala show on Saturday evening- and you never know what’s going to happen at the 19+ Renegade show!

Check out the trailer video:

COME PLAY WITH US!

Corporate Parties!

Looking for spectacular entertainment for your staff Christmas or New Years’ Parties?

VestaFire is booking NOW for Christmas and New Years Parties!

VestaFire Entertainment provides spectacular choreographed fire dance and LED/Glow performance to suit your event budget. Fire performance is best suited Continue reading

MuseMasks- handmade leather art

VestaFire gets so many comments on our incredible costumes- one of the features of many of our costumes are the elaborate leather masks worn during some of our fire shows and character roving festival entertainment.

Many of our masks are made by my good friend Andrea Russel, on Saltspring Island. Andrea is also the RingMistress and organizer of SPARKCircus- the organization we travelled to Thailand with to teach and perform in the Burmese refugee camps, hospitals and orphanages.

Andrea is an incredible artist and visionary, along with metal craft and jewellery making. She has a new website for her leather work that I wanted to share with you! She has many masks ready to go or can make things to order. She also teaches workshops on leather craft for those who want to try it themselves!

I encourage you to check out her site- so many BEAUTIFUL creations! Maybe YOUR Halloween costume is waiting for you there?

Check out MUSEMASKS
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VestaFire’s new LED toys!

While we enjoy performing with fire, LED lit props are a great alternative that can be just as spectacular! VestaFire is excited to be partnering with Hoopdaddy to beta test some BRAND NEW hoop technology. The Phoenix is fully programmable, remote controlled with Bluetooth technology. We are testing out two 31″ poly pro hoops- and they are beautiful!

We went out to play the other night and got some amazing pictures, using one of the new Phoenix  and one Astral Atomic Pro hoop, and our fiber-optic whip. Here are some of the highlights; the full set is viewable here on our Facebook page

Enjoy!

6 Ways to Live a Playful Life

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6 Ways to Live a Playful Life
How Big is Your Playground?

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~ Dr. Suess

Play is training for unconventional and creative living. One could say play is a radical act – for adults! When we allow ourselves to live as authentically playful beings, we stand out from the crowd, from the ways we, and others, are expected to be.

As we grow up, we lose our spontaneity and freedom. Look at how children behave. They twirl around street posts and skip over lines while the rest of us walk straight down the sidewalk. They dance carefree to a busker’s music while the rest of us stand and watch. They engage strangers like friends while we offer only a generic courtesy. They speak up fully and emotionally, while we keep our voices and emotions in check. They dream up ideas such as being a butterfly and flying across the sky, while we limit life to what’s “realistic” and practical. They colour monkies purple, when we only know brown. Clearly their playground is much bigger than ours!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain Continue reading

VestaFire Entertainment on TV again!

We had an amazing show on Aug 4th 2012 for the Parksville Beach Festival! Shaw TV came and filmed the show, as well as interviewed us. We’re so excited to share the segment with you all! Here it is!

Here’s ShawTV’s news segment on VestaFire’s Fire Show Aug 4th 2012 at Parksville Beach Festival!

We were joined by several guest performers (Ally and Silvan from our Brave Girls summer camp doing Acrobatic Stilting, and Julie doing Fire Staff! As well, as our friend Terry from Saltspring Island- he brought the Propane Cannon with a special surprise- he incorporated the the VestaFire logo into the cannon’s pilot flame! We also had a great team of volunteers assisting with crowd control and fire safety- thanks so much to Jonathan and Robin for standing by ‘just in case’. Continue reading