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The 2004 Fire Arts Festival performers

Capacitor

Capacitor is a group of interdisciplinary movement artists that accumulate energy from our technologically impacted culture and release it through innovative, multi-sensory performances. From the movement of the human diaphragm to the story of evolution; from the behavior of electricity to genetic manipulation; from the birth of the moon to the cycles of digestion - science and technology form the basis for Capacitor's study of performance. Obsessed with the mechanics of the human body as well as machines that propel the body through space, Capacitor artists have become masters of rigging systems and large-scale props designed to stretch the limits of physical poetry.

Capacitor has created works that tackle the creation of the universe (Within Outer Spaces, 2001), the past and future of mankind (futurespecies, 2000), the modern phenomenon of video gaming (Avatars, 2002) and, most recently, a journey through the visible and invisible layers of the Earth (Digging in the Dark, 2004). Capacitor's uncanny and contemplative use of technology won the company an invitation to speak at the Monaco Dance Forum in 2002. It has been covered by Computer Graphics World, Wired.com, SHIFT Magazine, NBC 11's Tech NOW!, CNET Radio, TECH TV, Dance Magazine and The New York Times.

*capacitor (k pasi tr) n. a device for accumulating and holding a charge of electricity.

URL: www.capacitor.org

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Cuatro Caminos

Cuatro Caminos is a recording collective consisting of Eddie Gonzales, Ken Wheels (aka Resintooth), and MURM. Their music is rooted in thick, deep grooves, while allowing for branches with Latin and world flavors, classic soul stylings, hard-hitting dance numbers, and even loopy alien stories. Cuatro Caminos will perform Saturday, during the day at the all-ages family day from 3pm-5pm. No, they aren't fire performers, but they sure are fun!

URL: www.stumprecords.com/cuatro-caminos.html

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Mark Deutsche

Mark Deutsch can best be described as a 21st century Renaissance man. A professional musician since the age of twelve, he is a visionary artist with a background in non-linear mathematics, sacred systems and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player he has gained extensive experience in orchestral ensembles, world music traditions, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. He holds a US patent for his groundbreaking new instrument, the Bazantar -- a five-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. Mark will be performing at the Gala benefit night and will be joined by various fire performers.

URL: www.bazantar.com

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La Fiebre

La Fiebre, featuring Fyrestorm, presents Between the Devil and the Darkness: Fire Baile, a Latin American fire dance project. Drawing on the music and movements of Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and San Francisco, it explores the capricious nature of fate, as personified by the Yoruba deity Elegua, keeper of the crossroads. It celebrates the fine balance between destruction and creation, between fire and shadow, between the Devil and the Darkness.

Founded by dancers and choreographers, La Fiebre brings together some of the most talented artists in the fire and dance communities. Dancers include Kelly Garton, Phil Halbert, Stephanie Wendler, and John Voldol of Fyrestorm. This performance debuts costumes by Nera Brent and a new innovation in wearable fire sculpture created by Buzz Voelker.

URL: www.kanizares.com or email kristina

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Fire Arts Collective

Fire Arts Collective is a Bay Area troupe, performing with fire poi, staves, fingers, fans and their signature fire jump rope.

URL: www.fireartscollective.com

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Fire Conclave of Burning Man

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The Fire Conclave started out fourteen years ago as one fire dancer and has now grown to include more than 600 participants. During the year they dance within their own cities, but once a year they gather at Burning Man to create a protective ring of fire and light before the Man is released in pyrotechnic delight. This diverse group of fire dancers and safeties comes from many different regions of the United States and Canada: California (L A, Bay Area, Santa Barbara, Sacramento), Colorado (Steamboat Springs, Boulder, Denver), Massachusetts (Boston), Missouri (Kansas City), Nevada (Reno), New York (New Jersey, Manhattan), Oregon (Portland, Salem), Washington (Seattle, Northwest region), Washington DC (Baltimore, Virginia).

Contact : Crimson Rose

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Jasmine Garden and Gingerbread Candy Monahan

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With Jasmine on violin and Gingerbread on cello, this eclectic duo from Rosin Coven will bring electric string sounds to the mesmerizing fire sculptures on Thursday night.

URL: www.rosincoven.com

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Karisini Yogini

I have been performing with Pyrosutra (based in Seattle) since 1999 and recently moved to the Bay Arean for more sun! More heat! I teach Bikram Method Hatha Yoga and like it hot, hot, hot! ^ top

The Kook Troupe

The Kook Troupe is a dance theater circus company comprised of interdisciplinary performance artists. It infuses acrobatics, modern dance, aerial dance, fire performance, opera singing, live music, video, and voice into the magic of live theater. Inspired by human interaction with technology, the Kook Troupe produce an anime, supernatural form of performance. Juxtaposing humor with pathos, its works are conceptually based on thematic journeys, the passion propelling us, and the humorous interplay of the awkward, silly spaces in between.

kook ('kk) : one whose ideas or actions are eccentric, fantastic, or insane

URL: www.kooktroupe.org

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Marisa Lenhardt

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Soprano and Bay Area native, Marisa Lenhardt attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and graduated with a degree in vocal performance. She has performed as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, worked with the New York Opera Forum, sung the National Anthem for the Oakland Raiders, and performed with the San Francisco Lyric Opera in Puccini's Madame Butterfly and as one of "Due Donne" in Mozart's Le Zozze di Figaro. She has performed with Opera San Jose since their 2001-2002 season and performs as a touring member of Velocity Circus. Marisa attends the Burning Man festival every year, setting up and singing in Thunderdome and captivating thousands at David Best's Temple burns. For Fire Arts Festival 2004 Marisa will be performing at the Gala benefit and as part of the grand finale.

URL: www.marisalenhardt.com

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The Mutaytor

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Born in Black Rock City at the world-renown Burning Man Festival and incubated in Los Angeles' tribal-techno underground, The Mutaytor combines 50 thundering fluorescent-green drums, live improvisational electronica, breathtaking fire performers, sensual hoop dancers, dazzling aerial stunts and giant video projections. The performance is capped by Dr. Megavolt, a man in a metal suit, who is repeatedly struck by snakelike arcs of lightning produced by 1.3 million volt tesla coils. The tesla coils were designed at the Berkley Research Laboratories by Austin Richards, Phd.

The Mutaytor specializes in large festival concerts including the 2002 & 2003 Coachella Music and Arts Festival (65,000 attendance each year), 2002's Metropolis (Spundae) at 3-Com/ Candlestick Park in San Francisco (20,000 attendance) and 2002 & 2003's Decompression Street Fair, San Francisco (15,000 attendance).

URL: www.mutaytor.com

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Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising is a professional fire performance troupe from California that has been performing together since 1999. They have toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Thailand and Australia. Their work includes intricate choreography using fans, fire fingers, fire staves, fire wings, double staff, and fire poi. For Fire Arts Festival 2004, they will be performing an excerpt from their full show, "The Lake."

URL: http://www.phoenixrisingartists.com

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David Sloves

David started spinning double staff (2 staffs) in Palenque, Mexico right around the turn of Y2K. He has since performed fire dancing and live music throughout North and Central America at clubs, beaches, galleries, private events and the streets. His ultimate aspiration is to spin double staff while covered with raw meat and hungry flies.

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Vau de Vire Society

The Vau de Vire Society -- named for a river valley in Normandy famous for the lighthearted tavern show that grew into vaudeville -- is a local neoteric-cabaret coterie that embraces dancers, actors, acrobats, musicians, aerial artists, contortionists, and sideshow performers who reflect their times while flirting with the past. Influenced by the gritty urban folk songs, or voix de ville, which once flourished in France, the Society aspires to be the "voice of the city."

URL: www.vaudeviresociety.com

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Xeno

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Most of the performers who now make up Xeno were members of AWD, a multimedia performance group involving dance, music, spoken word, and video. Founded by choreographer Raquel Reyna in late 1995, the group performed at a wide variety of concert, dance, and theater venues, including the 1998 Edge Festival, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Sound Factory, and Burning Man. AWD's career culminated in a six-week run at the Eureka theater and its participation in the 1999 Macy's Passport fashion show.

In December of 1999, AWD underwent mitosis, with seven performers founding Xeno at the turn of the millennium. The group made its debut at Ruby Skye, where it has played frequently ever since. It appeared throughout the year 2000 at venues such as the Maritime Hall, the Lab, and the Somarts gallery. Four other members of AWD, including present Xeno drummer Scott Sterling, continued under the name Genetyx, which briefly lit up Satori, Burning Man, and the Exotic Erotic Ball before disbanding in the autumn of 2000. In 2001 Xeno created its present home, the Xenodrome, and performed at Cyberfest and Earthdance. It continues to make its distinctive contribution to the Bay area scene.

URL: www.xenodrome.com or call Xeno's administrative offices at (415) 285-9366.

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