FREE Halloween Fire Shows Nanaimo Victoria

young fire dancer in Parksville for Halloween fire show

Would you dare to open Pandora’s Box?

Suppose someone gave you you a mysterious present, wrapped in ribbons and bows, but with a warning that once opened, it can never again be contained. What would you do?

Come see VestaFire’s re-imagining of the Pandora’s box mythos!

Bring the family to our Fabulous Theatrical Fire Show- a 30 min fire dancing circus extravaganza to culminate Nanaimo and Victoria’s Downtown’s Halloween events. We are including crazy set design and flame effects! There are 8 people in the troupe, and significant costume, prop, fuel, and insurance costs to produce this large scale show- your busking donation supports LOCAL artists and cultural events happening in your community.

Two FREE public shows!

OCT 29th, NANAIMO, 4:30pm Diana Krall Plaza – part of the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association’s Halloween Howl Event!
OCT 30th, VICTORIA, 4:30, Government Street in front of Irish Times Pub: part of the Greater Victoria Festival Society’s Wicked Victoria Event!

 

Ongoing Circus lessons in Nanaimo

Circus Lesson Description We had a WONDERFUL time teaching the SOLD OUT Vesta Circus Summer Camp 2015! We would LOVE for kids to join us in our new ONGOING Circus lessons Thursdays, 3:45- 4:45, starting September 24th, at Beban. We have only 10 spaces, and will fill up quickly! Registration is open Aug 26th through Parks and Rec. We will be covering all props in depth, as well as STILTING and choreography. Students may be invited to join us performing at local festivals such as Canada Day and Bathtub! COME PLAY WITH US! Children enjoy circus summer camps with Vesta

Circus and Aerial in Nanaimo, Spring Break 2015

THE 10th ANNUAL SPRING BREAK BODY TALK PROGRAM

Vesta is so excited to be partnering with Aeriosa to bring Circus Dance and Aerials to Nanaimo! We are running a week long program this spring break March 23-28th 2015, at the Romper Room Climbing Centre.  This is for ALL AGES- teens, adults and children over 8.

TEENS: 10AM to 2PM
ALL AGES: 5:30PM to 8:30PM 

We will be teaching Hoop and Poi, while Aeriosa will be teaching their unique style of aerial dance, culminating with a spectacular show on March 28th.

Produced by Crimson Coast Dance Society and their Body Talk Program

More information and registration through Crimson Coast Dance Society!

Register now for BodyTalk2015!

Register now for BodyTalk2015!

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Circus Lessons in Nanaimo!

Vesta Entertainment is SO excited to be able to offer ongoing circus lessons in Nanaimo for both children AND adults!! Circus makes you smarter, more creative and innovative by fostering right/left brain integration and promoting coordination. Not to mention its an amazing workout!

Who: Kids 8-12 years old, 10 – 11 AM. SUNDAYS

Teen/Adults- 11-12:30 pm SUNDAYS 15$ registered, 20$ drop in.

Where: Nanaimo Gymnastics School, 1975 Bollinger Road, Nanaimo BC.

What: Prop manipulation and Circus skills! Don’t be a one trick pony- come learn how to spin ALL the things- poi, staff, hoop dance, rope dart, juggle, contact juggle, stilting, unicycling, and more! Stage presence, character work, movement and choreography will also be explored. Circus is a non-competitive, creative sport that provides the basics of rhythmic gymnastics prop work.

Our children’s class is an ongoing registered program, and we are currently accepting drop ins for our adult/teen lessons from 11-12:30 every Sunday. Come brush up on your technique, or try out a new prop! If you are interested in performing, we often recruit new troupe members from our students. Come Play With Us!

Register Now!

Halloween Fire Show in Lantzville- Oct 17th!

Pirate Doublestaff skull

Dare you defy the fiery kiss of DEATH?

Secrets of the BONE-fire!

Join VestaFire in a fiery celebration of eerie myth and magic. The veil between worlds is thin, and Death is drawing near.. who will win in the epic battle between Darkness and Light?


Bundle up the kids and come get into the spooky spirit. As this is at a private residence, please bring chairs, and, if you wish, a carved pumpkin to contribute to our stage ambiance. Baked goods and hot chocolate will be available from the concession.

Date: Friday Oct 17th, start at 7:00.
Cost: $10 per person or $25 for a family. Tickets at the door.
Where: 7026 Arbutus Cres, Lantzville BC
For further information: 250-816-5545

This is the annual Halloween fundraising show for Vesta, Nanaimo’s contemporary circus and fire performance troupe. Funds raised assist with the rental of our winter practice studio.

Vesta is internationally acclaimed, performing internationally with tours of both Asia and the USA. Their spectacular fire shows have been the highlight of many local events such as the VIEX and Winterfest. Vesta also runs summer camps, and teaches ongoing circus lessons for kids and adults at Nanaimo Gymnastics School. They are funded via ArtStarts in Schools as ‘artist in residence’ to teach and perform in schools- this year teaching grade 2’s and 4’s at Coal Tyee Elementary.

Please share this event with your friends, family and networks! Thank you for your support of Arts and Culture in your community!

PlayPoi Video Retreat, June 7-16, 2014

Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada: Special Let’s-Make-Some-Great-Videos-Plus-Play-A-Lot-Of-Poi Retreat!

Lasqueti Island, BC June 7-16 2014

The idea: Join Nick Woolsey, Vesta Entertainment, and guest teachers on a beautiful rainforest island to spend 8-days dividing our time between the following activities:

  • Before breakfast: Yoga and other morning exercises
  • After breakfast: Making fun, silly, and super useful videos about learning poi
  • In the afternoon: Diving into more advanced concepts of dance, rhythm, choreography, and moves
  • In the evenings: Spinning poi, enjoying THE BIG SAUNA, and having an awesome time,
  • In between the rest: Being blown away by the beauty of the gulf islands, eating good food, and running around in the rain forest a lot.

Photo by Peter Paul RubensWhere: At the most beautiful dance studio I’ve ever seen: Leviathan Studios on Lasqueti Island!

Dates: June 7 – 16 2014

Cost: $800CAD for the whole retreat, including 8-days of amazing organic food! However, you all need to help make the videos: It’s a collaborative work-exchange retreat! This is for those who really like this idea. Please don’t attend because you want to come to a “cheaper-than-usual” retreat. I’m really expecting you to chip in. Make sense?

Prerequisites: For this retreat it will be best if you’re comfortable with all the poi basics.
Other notes: Yes, bring other toys! (fire-gear, hoops, levi-wands, juggling balls, slack-lines, unicorns, etc.). Also bring rain gear in case we get rain, swim suits, hiking boots, bug spray, and anything else that may help you enjoy 8 days in a temperate coastal rain-forest paradise.

For more information and To Register visit PLAYPOI.COM

Playpoi and VestaFire- COME PLAY WITH US!

Victoria Juggling and Flow Festival 2014

Vesta Entertainment is so excited to be sponsoring the Victoria Juggling and Flow Festival, Jan 24-26, 2014! The 3 day event is held at Central Middle School, Victoria BC, starting at 4:00 on Friday and running until 5:00 on Sunday! 3 days of prop, dance, and movement workshops, at all levels. Ever wanted to learn juggling? Contact Juggling? Hula Hooping? Staff? Poi? Clown and Character and Performance? We have instructors coming from as far away as San Francisco to teach and perform at our little festival- Beginning level workshops all the way to advanced brain melting movement classes. Dance too!

Speaking of performance- our public Gala Show on Sat eve showcases some of the top Circus talent in the Pacific Northwest- PLUS, our headliner Stefan Sing, a world class performer all the way from Germany! Vesta is proud to be producing and performing in such a high level show!

Did I mention that kids under 12 are FREE? And Big People Tickets (for the Entire Weekend PLUS show!) are ONLY 40$!!

Tickets, and more information can be found at the Festival Website HERE!

Ongoing updates and information is also on the Facebook Event Page HERE!

Vesta Entertainment at the Victoria Juggle and Flow Festival, 2014-

COME PLAY WITH US!

Click HERE for printable PDF of the workshop schedule!

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

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