October is The Best month for fire performance. The weather is chill but not too cold, the humidity is usually down and everyone is starting to get festive. Halloween is coming! Winter holidays soon to follow! We start to really ramp up our Krampuslauf planning for December, but that doesn’t mean we stop enjoying the here and now. This past weekend we had a packed back-to-back schedule at two very different events. The Piazza in Northern Liberties holds a special place for us. It is one of the venues that our ladies first performed together, and it is right down the street from our ‘home base’ of Liberty Lands park. So we were really excited to re-visit the venue and bring along some of our fantastic new members. The evening was great and we can’t wait to be back! The next night was a bit of a road trip out to Bethlehem to join our fellow fire spinners of the Burning Hearts for an Oktoberfest celebration. There was even some German/Hungarian dancing to warm up the crowd! Check out some pictures below, taken by some of our family members (in Bethlehem) and Chris Koontz (at the Piazza).
As always, life gets in the way, and I only realized yesterday that I still haven’t posted a recap of Krampuslauf. What to say? The Krampuslauf kids… wow. We’re so proud of them! Tara, Xtina and I met up with the kids the night before our fundraiser and taught them a little choreography. (Well, Xtina and Tara taught them. I’m rubbish at that part, haha.) They recorded the dance, took great notes and practiced all month. Watching them on stage was great. They had fantastic faux fire props- hoops with battery powered tea lights, LED hangers made from wire and fan operated fire pots. I hear they’re already working on how to make the props brighter and planning for next year. Can’t wait!
The weather- how could it have been any better? I’ve never been sweating in my Krampuslauf furs before! This freakishly warm East Coast might make the holidays feel a bit strange, but it’s great for a mid-December outside gathering. We did have one small incident though- our intrepid Safety and All-Around-Awesome-Guy Alex ran eyeball first into a tree branch while he was helping back stage. A cornea scratch and eye-patch later he’s on the mend. You’d think our first major injury would be related to the dangerous things that we do, not an angry tree! Glad he’s feeling better.
On to the photos. Of course, this is one of our most photographed events of the year. The costumes! The parade! Not to mention that the Krampuslauf group consists of some really great photographers. Steve Schultz and Michelle got together after the show to capture some great fire breaths. We’re so proud of our dragon! Ryan Wismer from PHL17 came by again and posted a really fantastic gallery. We’ve got a ton of photos over on facebook, here are some of my favorite.
Here’s to a New Year, looking forward to everything 2016 will bring!!
While we were putting our recent promo together, we realized we had enough coverage to cut together a whole performance! We shot this on a rooftop on the edge of Fishtown, in Philadelphia, right at sunset. (Thanks to VJ Kevlar for the roof access!) The song is a remix of Flight Facilities – Crave You, from one of our performance mixes by the lovely Foxy La Tigre. The video was directed by Chris Palo. Enjoy!
What a weekend. Photos and videos are starting to trickle in from PEX summer fest 2013. Once we have some more I’ll post up a big group of them, but till then, here’s a link to part of the show on Thursday night. The crowd was awesome, our fellow Russian Roulette performers were amazing and we had a great time. Also, check out the awesome panoramic photo above that Lux Arati friend Terry Fields snapped. I’d suggest clicking on the image to get it up full size- there was a huge crowd to get in the shot!
We’ve been putting together a new show for our May 1st gig at the Rotunda- its going to be great! The lineup has a fun mix of fire and non-fire, and showcases some new skills and some new Luxies…. come on by! The Rotunda is a beautiful venue, right in West Philly. It is a FREE community event (but donations are always appreciated)! Doors open at 7.
Here’s the line-up:
- Giovana– Singer, Songwriter & Musician blending her Panamanian roots w/ Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop & world music
- Hooping by Sarah– Hoop Dancer, Flow Artist, Instructor & hoop maker
- Lux Arati– Tribal Belly, Modern, Hip-hop/Liquid/Flow dance styles w/ Tech & Fire Arts
- Plum Dragoness– Tibetan Bowls meet Dragon Dancing, Movement Theater & Fire Arts
- 2nd Opinion– Live Music w/ Philadelphia-based dance-pop circus
Oh what fun! We were asked to put on a show for the annual Krampus festival in Northern Liberties. I’d heard about the event on NPR last year, so was pretty excited. We couldn’t put on a full Lux Arati show due to a whole bunch of schedule conflicts, but put on a bit of a throw-together display with the help of wonderful Brad.
The kids were great and the costumes were amazing. There is a flickr photo pool with some great shots. One of my favorites is this one. That little kid in the bottom right was adorable. Jexi had just done some hooping, and her hoop was lying on the ground next to the stage. I saw the whole thought process as the kid stared at the hoop, inching forward towards it. “Magic came from that… I want to understand how it works!” As the kid leaned down to touch the torch (long cooled, it would have been fine) Jexi pulled the hoop away. Rather than being mad, the kid just looked up slightly disappointed, sad that the chance to touch the magic hoop was taken away. The whole thing was rather adorable.
Love the Philly parks? Love Lux Arati? Combine the two! We’ve been asked to perform at the Glow-in-the-Park event on Thursday, October 25th. There’ll be a band and some lovely scenery, and we’ll be spinning fire around 7:20 PM. Join us and help support the park! Here’s the write-up:
GLOW-in-the-Park is our new fall event to showcase Philly’s amazing parks and build our network of park champions.
Enjoy a fun evening with other park lovers over a sampling of Philly mobile food truck fare, cocktails and music by Hazie Blu
FDR Park is a 348-acre park in South Philadelphia, featuring three lakes, a golf course, playing fields, a skate park and other recreational facilities.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization that exists to champion the Fairmount Park system.
All guests of GLOW-in-the-Park will receive an annual Membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy at the $50 level.
(at the $50 level)