So, I’m sure we’ve all begun making plans for the spring/summer festival season. But what if you we’re unable to acquire those much sought-after Firedrums tickets, and unfortunately can’t make it out to Kinetic Fire. What spinning events are left? Well you’re in luck because right around the corner comes Camp Fire III! They’re making a big push this year to expand their event to include a larger audience. Much of that means reaching out to the community, securing nationally renowned teachers, and doing all that they can to make sure this goes off without a hitch. And I’m here to toot their horn in the hopes that some of you will hop on board and head out to the event.
Geneva, Minnesota: June 10-13, 2011
So what’s going on at Camp Fire this year? Well, first of all they’ve got some great instructors coming out. For all you hoopers, Brecken is going to be dishing out mad skills all weekend long. Jexime Icon with some tech fan and Ian Micheal Smith will also be attending. Noel Yee and Marvin Ong will be there to melt your mind with some tech poi goodness, and Aileen Lawlor is going to be throwing down some staff and wand flow. And it’s just been confirmed that Alien Jon and Thom Thumb will be making the trip! So, basically you’ll have plenty to learn and then some.
It’s also a pretty small event in size, allowing for only 250 people this year. Which means you’ll be able to mingle with everyone, learn, and actually get to spend quality time. It’s going to be cozy and comfy which is a wonderful environment not only to learn, but also to make friends. It’s also volunteer run, and non-profit which means it’s up to you guys to make sure this event takes off. Here’s a great description from Paul Dunkirk-Greenbaum, one of the organizers:
Camp Fire is an object manipulation retreat with heavy fire undertones focusing on almost every facet of performance art with a plethora of props and apparatuses to other forms of performance like body balancing and aerial arts. With over 60 plus workshops, 2 incredible organic meals a day, late night fire jams with tasty beats thrown down by talented djs, and performance show cases featuring some of Midwest’s awesome troupes; Camp Fire creates an atmosphere where performers from many walks of life converge to share their passion and help each other grow.
Camp Fire is an event where no one makes profit, even the organizers pay to be there. Our goal is to create community through making life long connections with other performers and sharing performance skills. As this will be Camp Fire’s third year, we are bringing in nationally known talent to instruct some incredible next level classes. Keep an eye out on the workshop page as it continues to grow and please feel free to submit a workshop idea if you’d like to teach! Come be a part of an incredible weekend that will elevate your performance and burn sacred geometry into your synapses!
They’ll be helping to arrange rides for people from the airport to Camp Fire, so no worries there. And if you get your tickets now, they are only $90. Basically, if you live nearby and want to support a growing number of artists and performers in your area, as well as increase your knowledge, this is a great way to do it. And if you’re from elsewhere, but have the time and money, it’s definitely worth a look. Bottom line, if we don’t make it work, no one will. So get out there and support your fellow spinners!