What: Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo
Where: Union Square (Geary and Post)
When: April 21, 2006 at 7:30 pm
Bring a chair and a blanket and join us April 21, 2006 at 7:30
pm for our free fire dancing show in San Francisco's legendary
Union Square (Geary and Post) for the first annual Temple of Poi
Fire Dancing Expo. This 3 act show features solo performers in
the first act, choreographed group performances the second act
and the final act is a 30 minute show performed by GlitterGirl's
innovative flow and fire performance troupe, mN8Fx,
in their debut.
This is the first free and public event of its kind in San Francisco
and represents a milestone in the fire arts community as the Expo
celebrates safe, legally permitted, public fire dancing performance
in honor of National Dance Week. Bay Area
National Dance Week is an annual 10-day week of free public dance
events in the Bay Area designed to showcase the dynamic diversity
and critically acclaimed quality of Bay Area dance.
Temple of Poi supports this vision by creating an unprecedented
opportunity to celebrate fire dancing at no cost to the artists
or audience. This $2000 event is being finances fully by Temple
of Poi and donations the community chooses to offer.
Directly following the event (9:30 PM) come and meet the artists
who performed in the Expo at Cafe
Infusion located at 829 Mission Street between 4th and 5th
Streets in SF.
A DVD of this event will be available Summer 2006 and all proceeds
will go to fund the event and future events of this kind. If you're
interested in acquiring a DVD, please contact
The Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo is an opportunity for Temple
of Poi community artists at all levels of skill to perform publicly
in San Francisco. This event is a not for profit event created
with the intention of:
offering more performance opportunities for fire dancers
giving novice soloists who might otherwise not have an opportunity
to perform in a public setting an opportunity where they can
invite friends and family to see them express their art
offer groups inexperienced in performing an opportunity to
show off their group choreography
increased exposure to the flow fire art forms by creating
a legally permitted public event at a San Francisco landmark
raise the awareness of fire dancing as a prestigious dance
form by holding this event on the opening night of National
showcase the temple of poi instructors and dance troupe
Special thanks to Matthew Freedman, our fantastic MC for the
evening; Eunice Park, our incredible stage manager; our Flow Fairy's:
Sowelu, Jennifer Grosser, Anna Stid, Aileen Lawlor, Mo Lyon; Sparky,
for putting up the bond for the space; our fire safety people,
especially Loren, without whom this would not be possible; mN8FX,
for co-creating an amazing show with me; Prisna, whose grace,
elegance and style of movement provided the inspiration to start
spinning poi and subsequently the Temple; Amy Welker, for asking
the right question to help me succeed; all my friends, family,
students, teachers and community for your endless support; and
Crimson Rose for reasons too numerous to mention.
We'd like to thank the following people for their generous fiscal
donations: Sowelu, Terry Barker, the Watkins Family, Singed Wings,
Sparky and those people in the audience who also gave donations
the evening of the show.
"Last Thursday I spun fire and last
Sunday I really played and danced with the poi for almost two hours. Overcoming
challenges and feeling flow in my body has been one little ray of sunshine for
me lately. So thank you."
~D. Shelton; April, 2006
"I was at the performance last night
and I am totally excited about being part of the Temple of Poi. I was amazed.
You all did an amazing job. All through the night I was like "I want to
do that" "OH ... I want to do that too!"
~B. Kline; April, 2006