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!

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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

Fire Dancing Safety

Lukas Triquetra Fire Poi

Lukas of VestaFire Entertainment creating Triquetra pattern with Fire Poi, Photo by Zack Wilson

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karina Strong 250-816-5545

FIRE DANCING SAFETY

Fire dancing and performance always adds excitement and the ‘wow’ factor to parties, wedding receptions, corporate events, and festivals. This spectacular form of performing art takes years of practice and safety training, If you’re considering hiring a fire dancer this summer, there are specific things you should consider.

Performing with fire outside is always safer than inside a venue” says Karina Strong, Troupe Co-ordinator of VestaFire Entertainment, a Nanaimo based circus and fire dancing troupe. Performance indoors involves more risk factors, such as ceiling height, crowd set back, and stage composition.

Fire performers should be trained professionals, with comprehensive written fire safety plans that can be submitted to your insurance provider. Performers should also have a full fire safety kit, with fire extinguishers and first aid. All fire performances should include support crew trained in fire safety and suppression.

“The most risk at a fire performance is to the fire dancers” adds Strong. “Public safety is always our number one priority.”

VestaFire Entertainment provides fire or LED light performance, roving entertainment, and circus lessons. They also facilitate fun active children’s parties and can be reached at http://www.VestaFireEntertainment.ca