San Francisco 2013 Fire Expo

Kat and Karina headed south this week to perform at the 8th Annual Fire Expo in San Francisco! We were invited to present two routines (Pendulum Poi Solo, and Cosmic Love Hoop/Staff duet) in the heart of downtown SF: Union Square, in front of 3000 people. We had an amazing time at the event, and spending time and training with the incredible circus community in the Bay area for the entire week. It was so inspiring to be sharing the stage with some of the best Fire Performers in North America.  Here’s some pictures from our routines, and backstage shenanigans! Many thanks to the photographers who captured this special moment, and to the Temple of Poi for hosting the event.

Check out the amazing photos (click to enlarge!), and here’s video of our routines!
Cosmic Love

Pendulum

Here’s video of our routines!
Cosmic Love

Pendulum

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San Francisco Bound!

Local Circus Troupe heads to San Francisco!

VestaFire lights the night at Mt.Seymour NYE 2012. Photo by Joy Unaegbu

VestaFire lights the night at Mt.Seymour NYE 2012. Photo by Joy Unaegbu

Lantzville-based contemporary circus and fire dance troupe VestaFire Entertainment has been chosen to perform in San Francisco’s 8th annual Fire Expo on April 27 2013.

The Fire Expo, produced by Temple of Poi, is one of the most renowned festivals in the fire performance community. It started as an illegal renegade show on a street corner in San Francisco in April of 2005. Hundreds showed up to watch that first performance and it has since become the biggest legal fire show in North America, bringing in crowds of over 3000 people. The festival is fully publicly funded by Kickstarter donations.

In December 2012, VestaFire responded to a call for artists, and sent in a video audition. Then, in mid-January they received the news that the troupe was accepted for not one, but two performances in the show. “We are so honoured and incredibly excited to have been chosen to perform at the Fire Expo. Isa ‘GlitterGirl’ Isaacs is one of the icons in our field,” said Karina Strong, troupe co-ordinator. Isaacs is the co-ordinator of the Expo and founder of Temple of Poi. Strong, along with performer Katlan Irvine, will perform a fire hoop and fire staff duet, and Irvine is slated to perform a solo with fire poi. “For Kat to get offered a solo spot on that stage is amazing,” said Strong.

VestaFire began in 2010, and is central Vancouver Island’s only professional circus and fire dance troupe, providing spectacular entertainment for corporate and private parties, costumed stilters for festivals, and teaching circus themed summer camps. They travelled to Thailand in 2012 with Spark! Circus, performing in hospitals, refugee camps and orphanages, and will be performing this July at both Vancouver Island Music Festival, and the International Busking Festival in Victoria.

More information can be found at http://www.Facebook.com/VestaFire or http://www.VestaFireEntertainment.ca

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!

Corporate Parties!

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

VestaFire is booking NOW for Christmas and New Years Parties!

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