A Valentine from Solar Flare

Dear Solar Flare Fans,

Every day that we are with you brightens our world and inspires us in new ways.  You are our muse, our love, and our inspiration. Our fire is merely a tool to express the beauty that you arouse in us. Whenever we perform for you it is as if the pain of the world melts away and we dance with the cosmos, recognizing the gods and goddess within.  Our love for you is as undying as the internal flame inside our forever burning hearts.  You are the reason for the beauty that we bring to your life.

When we are together it is as if nothing else matters but the sound of the flames whirling around us in the cosmic dance, and our fire reflected in your eyes. When you watch us bring the fire to life, you make us feel alive.  We cannot wait for the next chance we get to be with you.  Our hearts long to see you again.  Be it the Fire Arts Expo, Precompression, Burning Man, Sanctuary, or a random warehouse party, we promise it will not be too long before we meet again.  Just know that until then we are creating something very special just for you.

~All of our love,
Solar Flare

Fire Arts Expo:  April 27th at Union Square in San Francisco!

A number of us, Flaristas, as well as a bunch of international fire-stars are involved with the Fire Arts Expo produced by the Temple of Poi every year. This event is great as it promotes fire dancing as an art form (not to mention makes a great date night), and gives many fire artists an opportunity to perform, which they would not otherwise have.

This event is a free event. However it has massive overhead costs that are paid out of pocket by the producers. Anybody who has produced legal fire show in a public place knows that we need to pay the Fire Marshals, rent police barricades from the city, and deal with a whole bunch red tape just to get the permits.  Not to mention that there needs to be a sound system, lights, and a number of other hidden costs.  So to cover these costs Temple of Poi has produced a Kickstarter video.

Please check it out & supoort the cause!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/949825066/fund-the-2013-union-square-fire-dancing-expo

New Burning Man Fire Conclave Shin & Vice Shin:

It is our pleasure to introduce our new Burning Man Fire Conclave Shin: Terri Eaton (aka MysTerri). MysTerri has been running a Burning Man theme camp for over eight years and is highly qualified to lead us to Nationals in this year’s Conclave auditions. By her side is the very talented, Don Keenan. Don has been will Solar Flare for many years and is stepping up in a new leadership role. Together they led a great season kick-off meeting last week. We are excited to have them as our new Burning Man leaders.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Karen Shelar (Ren) who has been our Shin during the last two years. Ren was always prepared and always on-point. We will miss her exceptional organizing skills, and be happy to have her as a Elder and Conclave member. Kara Moore-O’Leary (Fire Kitty) is stepping down as Vice-Shin, but stepping up in the new Choreography team. Thank you for your service, Ren & Fire Kitty!

Summer Solar Forcast

We have had quite the summer lately, everything from a grandiose time at fire drums, to an illuminating time at the little giant lighting gig, and a whole lot of fun renegading at whole earth. Despite a discouraging run in with the rangers of Golden Gate Park, we have been having a pretty epic summer. Now we have a golden…….NO PLATINUM performance lined up for our late summer/Rocktober tour, which is guaranteed to rock our fiery world.

First of all, for those who haven’t heard yet, WERE GOING TO the NATIONALS!!! That’s right folks, Solar Flare has been invited to perform at Burning Man 2012 conclave. Although this is our 7th year of being in conclave, making the cut is none the less an honor. We are going to be on stage with some of the sickest fire performance groups in the world. Once again, the fearless KaRen has stepped up to be our humble leader, with the assistance of Firekitten as our wonderful co-shin. We have a long road of preparations ahead of us, but we can see a flame at the end of the tunnel.

So, August 30th we will be doing our annual fire Opera at Burning Man once more. This year’s performance will be in the fire garden of Illumination Village at 8PM thursday evening. There will be at least one beautiful woman falling from the heavens, and plenty of hot sexy fans attending. Not to mention our narration is scripted by multiple Man-Burner-Prize Awardee Jackie-Oh-baby. You really don’t want to miss out on this one! This could be the last time you might be able to see the Fire Opera 2012……… SO, set your calendars for August 30th at 8:00, and be there at 2:30 and Esplanade for the hottest show on the playa. Please note that we moved the show to an earlier time so that we do not compete with the CORE burns, which happen at 9PM on the same day.

This summer has also been trying to our practice schedule. In May we were kicked out of the grove by the Golden Gate Park Rangers. We even got a citation for lighting up in the park. Since then we have had to take our practices to an undisclosed location and lay low for a little while. We hope to be able to go back to the park someday, but for now we just need to let the location cool down. If you like to burn in Aids memorial grove, please fimd an alternative spot until further notice. That way we will all be able to enjoy the space again in the future.

In the meantime we have plenty of gigs, for the 4th of July, some of us put on an epic burn for the Want It! campout. This weekend some of us will be burning at the Friends and Family campout. Followed by the Chaos leading up to Burning Man. We have plenty of Epic experiences lined up for the fall. We have Strategik’s Sanctuary Campout, followed by Decompression, and a couple of fundraisers. We also might have a hot surprise for San Francisco (but I’m suppose to keep it hush hush).

Until then, remember that Solar Flare loves you,

~Capt. Alien




Whole Earth Festival in Davis, CA

Solar Flare will be participating in the 43rd Whole Earth Festival in Davis, California on Saturday, May 12th. Find us at the Promethean Fire Stage around sunset. For more information please visit the Whole Earth Website here. Flaristas performing at Whole Earth this year are: Memory Elena, Fire Kitty, Supervictorio, Ren, Kenrom, Jaden Rose, Kahunahula, Pyra Pixie, Proudmari, and Fire Freckles.

Fire Expo is this Saturday!

Temple of Poi hosts one of the most prestigious fire dancing shows in the world: the Fire Expo in Union Square. Dancers travel from all around the U.S. and the world to showcase their talent for a large audience of over 3,000 people. The Fire Expo is a completely FREE, public show… and is not to be missed! The Fire Expo starts at 7:45pm at Union Square in San Francisco on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  We suggest that you get there early and dress warmly. For more information please visit the Temple of Poi website here.

This year the following Solar Flare acts will participate in the Fire Expo:

20 Wicks: double hoop duet with Battery & Jaden Rose
The Manwich: dart, poi & staff trio with  Assymetrical, Placebo & Maestro
Hoop solo: by the beautiful & talented Bene Aria
Large Fan Group: more fire than you can imagine on stage at once with Flashtastic, Fire Freckles, Ms. Fine, Battery, Placebo, Calypso & Mayhem!
Foopin’ Solo: by the lovely Memory Elena

Temple of Poi Fire Expo

Temple of Poi hosts one of the most prestigious fire dancing shows in the world: the Fire Expo in Union Square. Dancers travel from all around the U.S. and the world to showcase their talent for a large audience of over 3,000 people. The Fire Expo is a completely FREE, public show… and is not to be missed! Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Fire Expo Kickstarter fund, and made the show a reality in 2012. The Fire Expo starts at 7:45pm at Union Square in San Francisco on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Get there early for a good view of fabulous fire performances.

This year the following Solar Flare acts will participate in the Fire Expo:

20 Wicks: double hoop duet with Battery & Jaden Rose
The Manwich: dart, poi & staff trio with  Assymetrical, Placebo & Maestro
Hoop solo: by the beautiful & talented Bene Aria
Large Fan Group: more fire than you can imagine on stage at once with Flashtastic, Fire Freckles, Ms. Fine, Battery, Placebo, Calypso & Mayhem!

Poi Solo by the lovely Memory Elena

Dare to Dream of a Better World Fundraiser

 

Did you know that Solar Flare has started a new light performance troupe called Lunar Flare? You do now! Featuring seven dancers with glow & LED “light” tools this new group can entertain crowds inside clubs and venues that cannot contain fire. Lunar Flare will be performing for the first time at the Living Dream Arts fundraiser “Dare to Dream of a Better World” at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 10th. Memory Elena (http://memoryelena.com) will also be performing as a solo artist during this awesome display of Cabaret performances. For more information go to www.livingdreamarts.org.

Each advanced ticket purchase comes with one free drink ticket. Why wait? Buy your advanced tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234179!

Flow Show 4!

 

The Flow Show (http://theflowshow.org/) is a magnificent display of spinning, juggling and object manipulation with lots of character and style.  Our own Michael “Kahunahula” Henninger is the Production Manager of the Flow Show this year. Also Memory Elena (http://memoryelena.com) will be performing for her third year, having previously performed as both a soloist and with the Vulcan Crew. After taking a year off due to injury, she has stepped up her game and is returning to the stage with fun new skills and a never-before-seen style of manipulation. She is grateful to the Flaristas for all of the love and support over the years and hopes to see many of you in the audience!

Dates: April 6, 7 & 8 2012
Time: April 6 & 7 doors 7:30 p.m. / 8 p.m. show
April 8 show doors 6:30 p.m. / 7 p.m. show
Please note the earlier showtime for April 8!Venue: Dance Mission Theater / 3316 24th Street @ Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110

Tickets: $20 advance tickets/sliding scale at the door
advance tickets recommended

To purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/229293

The Temple of Poi Fire Expo Needs Your Help!

For the past ten years, Temple of Poi has hosted one of the most pretigous fire dancing shows in the world. The Fire Expo in Union Square features some of the best fire performers. Dancers travel from all around the U.S. and the world to showcase their talent for a large audience of over 3,000 people. The Fire Expo is a completely FREE, public show…. but it needs your support now. Please check out this Kickstarter fundraiser and give what you can today. Every little bit helps.The show will not happen if it does not get the funding it needs by February 6th.

This year the following Solar Flare acts will participate in the Fire Expo at Union Square on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

20 Wicks: double hoop duet with Battery & Jaden Rose
The Manwhich: dart, poi & staff trio with Assymeterical, Placebo & Maestro
Hoop solo: by the beautiful & talented Bene Aria
Large Fan Group: more fire than you imgaine on stage at once  with Flashtastic, Proud Mari, Fire Freckles, Ms. Fine, Battery, Placebo & Calypso.

New Website & Promotional Video!!

On December 2nd, 2011 the new Solar Flare website went live for the first time! The website is the hard techicial work of Solar Flare’s Marketing Manager, Seth Familian. Seth is the Primary & Owner of Familian&1. Much of the content was written by Solar Flare’s Director, Jaden Rose. The website features a new promotional video by Marc Anderson, a freelance filmaker and owner of Marcalatour.

Check out the Video here: http://vimeo.com/32992467

San Francisco Fire Opera Fundraiser!


Rocko Dynamite & Solar Flare present: FURNACE!
A fundraiser for the first San Francisco Fire Opera!

Solar Flare is taking their hit fire performance off the playa,
and bringing it to San Francisco in the fall of 2011.
But we need your help making the show happen.

Bringing you a full night of breaks, electro, drum n bass and more.
Plus LED dance performances by Solar Flare
Live painting by Sarah Bowman

Please join us for a fundraiser on
Thursday, August 18th
at Icon Ultra Lounge
1192 Folsom (at 9th St.) San Francisco
7pm to 2am
$5-20 suggested donation.

Main Room:
DRC (muzimo music)
Adam Brody (fcrc)
Jonboy (dubalicious)
Influence (strategik)
Anthony James (rocko dynamite/strategik)

Back Room:
Cosmic Selector (tekfreaks/opulent temple)
M.O.D. (strategik)
Pushreset (SBM)
MC Chronic G (connoisseur collective)