Call for Artists: Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo (Update)


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Please apply only if this vision calls to you.

Update: 2.1.09: The slots for the expo are all filled. The application process is closed. Stay tuned to this blog for more details about the upcoming show. :)

Update: 1.27.09: It looks like all the spots in the show are filled pending the completion of some applications. Any applications received after 1.27 from people we have not discussed a slot with will be wait listed for a performance spot and spots will be filled if they come available. The application process will official close February 1, 2009 or when the pending applications from the International artists have been received.

Temple of Poi is hosting the 4th annual Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo in San Francisco, California, USA’s Union Square on the main stage. This event is free to the public and is open to audiences of all ages. Events over the past years have had an estimated 750 people in attendance. This year’s show is April 25 at 7:50 pm. Call time for dancers is 7 pm.

The purpose of this show is multifold:

  • to expand awareness of the art form
  • so that fire dancing artists can be taken seriously in the world through performance on credible stages in gorgeous venues rather than be looked at as fringe or parking lot art
  • to share our art with the community and world
  • to offer artists from around the world an opportunity to perform for a very grateful and more attuned than average American audience
  • to allow artists the opportunity to be on a top notch stage which is huge (70ft wide by 30 feet deep), elevated and inspiring
  • community service — each year I give 10% of my wealth, no matter how big or small it is, back to the community around me; this event is part of that community service
  • as a spiritual practice of giving from a place of non attachment to results
Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo Performers While we had intended, in part, for this to be a marketing event when the first show was produced — as a renegade in 2004 — the reality is, it hasn’t work out that way. Despite any rumors to the contrary, Temple of Poi has never made a single penny off this show and has never gotten a single client because of the show. Not once. We know this because we ask client’s how they find us and never has this show been credited as the reason. 

In order to maintain the integrity of the vision of the show, we do not pay any performers. Period. No exceptions. MCP, Icon, Yuta, Banyan and all the rest of the artists who have graced our stage have not gotten paid. They have gifted themselves and their art to the show and community. 

To be clear, the 2008 show (the biggest one so far) cost about $6000 to put on. These days getting up on the stage costs nearly $2000 alone. In 2008, we gave about $1200 in travel stipends on top of that. That doesn’t include any marketing, sound systems, hiring for assistance in organizing the show, etc. required to create a show of this magnitude.

We do this as a gift to the community. And every artist who gets up on the stage does it as a gift to the community as well.

All of that said,  we do have a limited number of travel stipends for artists. All travel stipends go to artists outside of California and states bordering California. The travel stipends are up to $200 per act, regardless of weather the act is a soloist or group act. We anticipate giving $1,000 in stipends in 2009, $800 of which have already been promised. Stipends are given on a first come first serve basis.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • Interested applicants must submit an application to us by noon, February 1, 2009 in order to be considered. Applications must include this information sheet as well as either an in-person audition or video submission of the proposed piece or similar piece. You must also fill out a video release form as part of your application.
  • In an effort to support a diverse show, priority will be given to artists more than 150 miles from San Francisco. After all, they are coming quite a long way to donate their time, energy and brilliance to a Bay Area fire show!
  • We are pleased to announce that there will be a limited number of stipends made available to out-of-town performers. They will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note on your application if you would like to be considered for a stipend. All travel stipends go to artists outside of California and states bordering California. The travel stipends are up to $200 per act, regardless of weather the act is a soloist or group act. We anticipate giving $1,000 in stipends in 2009, all $1000 of which have already been promised. Stipends are given on a first come first serve basis.
  • We will assist in finding housing with local artists who have volunteered their homes. Please note on your application if you are interested in hosting/being hosted.
  • This is a non-profit event; therefore, performers will not be compensated monetarily in 2009.
  • Each group must apply with one application and a designated contact person. All members of the group must be listed on that application.
  • Solo acts must have a separate application, even if you are part of a group.
  • Solo acts may be no more than 4 minutes per tool and 5 minutes total. Group acts may be no more than 7 minutes total.
  • All applications must include a video of the piece or comparable work or the artists must audition the piece live for GlitterGirl. (Special exceptions can be made for established out-of-town artists on an individual basis. Please contact GlitterGirl directly to make arrangements.)
  • Because the stage is very slick already, we do not allow the use of lamp oil since it does not evaporate and creates a safety danger for performance acts following your group.
  • Artists must have prior experience spinning with white gas only. Artists must therefore be comfortable spinning with white gas only.
  • For permit and safety reasons, all artists must wear natural fiber. Synthetic fibers may be used with prior written approval from GlitterGirl if they are on top of natural fibers.
  • Fire spitting is not allowed.
  • Fire works are not allowed.
  • Propane tanks are not allowed.
  • Artists must have prior experience extinguishing burning tools.
  • Artists must agree to abide by the Flowology Mindset® as related to the event:
    http://templeofpoi.com/flowology/mindset.php