Join a fun and diverse group for daily staff classes, theatrical games, fire jams and more with ex Cirque du Soleil Fire Dancer & Coach, Srikanta Barefoot & his partner Jen. This Summer’s week-long Retreat on the island of Stromboli combines a full immersion in dance-based fire dance with pristine nature and adventure expeditions. In addition to daily classes & play on a shaded, outdoor stage, we’ll trek up Europe’s most active volcano & sail our private Catamaran to the nearby island of Strombolicchio!
FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO MORE THAN STAND STILL AND SPIN
In addition to learning patterns in which the body is static (fire spinning), students will learn the patterns and techniques for turning, jumping, kicking, etc, in which the body is as implicated as the object (fire dancing). Srikanta was the first Contemporary Fire Dancer featured by the Cirque du Soleil (2007-2010), performing over 700 shows using fire poi, fire staff, double fire staff & double fire swords. He has 15 years of experience fire dancing including his position of Fire Dancing Coach and Lead Fire Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. Srikanta combines poi and staff technique with martial arts, acrobatics & dance to create dynamic fire shows. Likewise, he teaches his students to incorporate full-body movement, stage presence, dance & even acrobatics into their performances. Srikanta has taught poi & staff workshops at locations worldwide since 2003 and recently released an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff
RETREAT IS INCLUDING
7 nights of accommodation at a private resort. The week will consist of a 90 minute staff workshop every morning and a 2 hour assisted play/ experiment/ jam time every evening, M-F. The evening playtime will consist of different activities from guided individual play & experimentation to group games and activities. Focus will be on incorporating the mornings’ technical knowledge into play & performance, experimenting with movement elements, theatrical presentation & stage presence. The second hour of the evening session falls at dusk and flows into an impromptu glow & fire jam. Students can continue experimenting & playing on their own with unlit props or show off their new moves on fire! Also included is a volcano hike, a boat trip to the beautiful Stromboliccio (bring your snorkel!), a Saturday night fire show in which you can show off your new moves in front of a crowd (optional but great!), plus some built in down time to hit the beach. Meals are not included but villas have full kitchens. Last year everyone pitched in to create potlucks at the shared accommodation! We’ll organise at least one BBQ with fresh local fish. Classes will be held on a shaded, outdoor stage with an inspiring view of both the ocean and volcano.
CLASSES - CURRICULUM
Every day on shaded outdoor stage
Staff Level 1: Mastering “Dancing with the Fire Staff” Vertical: Directions, Exchanges, Warrior 1, Half & Full Turns, Buzz-saw, Clock, Behind-the-back patterns. Horizontal: Helicopter, Around-the-waist, H Clock, H Clock Turning, Slice Turning & Harnessing Momentum, Palm Spin, Under the Leg Slices & Exchanges Contact: Vertical & Horizontal Hand Wraps, Neck Wrap
Staff Level 2: Beyond “Dancing with the Fire Staff” Vertical: Warriors 1-4, Turn Variations and Combinations, Toss Variations, Kicks & Under the Leg, Cartwheels, Isolation & Anti-spin Horizontal: Slice Turning Variations & Harnessing Momentum, Palm Spin, Under the Leg Slices & Exchanges, H Cartwheels, H Tosses Contact: Vertical & Horizontal Hand Wraps, Finger Rolls, Neck Wraps, Conveyor Belt, Palm-to-Neck-to-Palm Rolls (Steve), Dove Tailing, The V Steve, The Matrix Body Movement & Dance: Turning in different planes, Cartwheels, Kicks, Under-the-leg steps, Pirouettes, Capoeira, Floorwork, Extended Jumps, Barrel Jumps, Butterfly Jumps, Aerials
TYPICAL RETREAT CONCEPTS
Combination & linking movements Transitioning smoothly between patterns Fluidity/ Grace/ Levels/ Rhythm/ Isolation Contrast: Changing Rhythm & Speed Stage Presence: Embodiment/ Owning & Filling the Space Improvisation- Freedom of Movement/ Expression Being grounded & carrying your weight Momentum & using the force Dynamic Fire Dance Choreography Effective Implementation of Movement Elements in Choreography & Performance How to break things down/ teach yourself Optimizing your practice
The accommodation which is provided as part of the retreat package is on a compound that includes several houses and apartments. All participants will be required to share a room with 2-3 people per room (we’ll place you with someone of the same sex, if need be). If requested, we can place you in a room with a friend or in a house with several friends (up to 4). No food is provided but there are kitchens. Alternatively, you may choose to find your own accommodation on the island.
Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing the most active volcano in Europe.
Usually there are visible eruptions as shown in the video every 30-60 minutes. The activity may change though.
There might be even a lava flow if we are lucky. Eruptions are visible from many points on the island that are easily accessible.
The island’s population is between 400 and 850 (depends on the time of a year). You will be impressed by the Stromboli’s energy.
Food is not included in the price. There is kitchen at our resort, so we will be cooking ourselves, or there is a option to have a chef that will cook for us. We’ll discuss the cooking-plan on the meeting the first day of the retreat. Moreover, there are many restaurants on the islands.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING POI?
There is Poi Dancing Retreat happening right after this retreat!
Preceding the staff retreat there is poi retreat held by Vojta. Attending both poi and staff week is recommended to those, that aspire to completely master the art of fire dance. The benefits are numerous even if you are primarily interested in advancing with only staff or poi. Exploring patterns and planes with a second prop will help you to more fully understand and make progress with both props. Also, as many of the movement techniques we’ll be exploring apply to both disciplines, you will have twice the guidance and time to make progress. We offer special discounted price to those that attends both weeks.