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Interdependence - An Exploration of Fire Theater

Fort Awesome Lansing, MI, USA

Interdependence is an intimate gathering of fire dancers (of every experience level and utilizing every prop) who want to create theatrical fire dances, individually and together, study fire theater, and grow as artists and people. It is a three day excursion into collaboration, co-creation, and study.

We will:
- create solo fire performances and co-create group fire performances. (If you already have a partner or troupe, bring them! This is an opportunity to create something you will use again and again.)

- study elements of theater, including choreography for individuals, partners and groups, sculpting dances, costuming, make-up, crafting, working a crowd, handling mishaps, emceeing, busking and back-up dancing.

- hone our existing fire skills and learn new ones.

- make performer bios for each other, learn how to organize a show, and how to collaborate with others for optimal co-creation.

- learn how to give useful, encouraging, coaching feedback (a
wonderful life skill to have).

- perform for each other and, afterward, celebrate each other and give each other constructive, encouraging coaching.

- experience hands-on learning labs where we create dances, learn new skills, explore unusual fire tools, craft a fire headpiece (yours to keep), craft arm gauntlets (yours to keep), and learn to wear false eyelashes (definitely yours to keep).

For three days, we are going to be all about growing every aspect of our fire dance.

Classes will be small so everyone will have lots of one-on-one attention and coaching. This is an intimate gathering of people with shared interests and goals, growing together as artists. It is going to be a fun and collaborative playdate.

Carolyn Mabry (Caroleeena), and Betty Adorno have been working together to synergize these various skills into a concise yet comprehensive performance curriculum that addresses many of the challenges and issues we have faced as performers and nurtures areas of the art that we would like to see grow. Dorne Pentes birthed this amazing idea and offered to let us use Fort Awesome over July 4th weekend to make it happen.

TICKETS: $150 three-day pass for all classes*
(*Materials fees apply for some special workshops: Fire Headpiece - $20, Gauntlets - $10, False Eyelashes -$5 or byo, Fire Sword - TBD)
Email Carolyn.Mabry@gmail.com to reserve your place!

LODGING: On-site camping included with showers and restroom facilities on-site; Limited Indoor Bunk Camping available@ $60 per bunk (Wed-Sat) Contact Dorne@FortAwesomeNC.com to reserve your bunk!

FOOD: Campers are responsible for their own meals. There are restaurants near-by and charcoal grills on-site. Coffee will be provided. (We are looking into selling a meal plan and hiring a caterer. We will let participants know if this option comes to fruition.)

Early-bird Registration Discount:
Before April 15th: $135

Why Is It Called Interdependence?

Interdependence is another word for co-creation . We co-create with others all the time, consciously and unconsciously. We live in a web of community where we depend on each other, influence each other and affect each other. When we consciously pool our talents and resources, direct our energy toward a shared vision and co-create together, we can create alchemy. When we consciously draw upon and learn from each other, we, as individuals, become melting pots, repositories of information gleaned from each other. Each performance is an interdependent experience of skill, theatricality, costuming, makeup and more. Group performances are collaborative, which is the very definition of Interdependence. There is also an interdependence between the performer and the audience, each creating an experience for the other and together.

This Independence Day weekend, we invite you to celebrate our Interdependence! Let us pool our knowledge, resources, talents and creativity and co-create together. Come play.

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion" - Ethiopian Proverb

"Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

"No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals." - Brian Tracy

"Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won't be good leaders or team players. They're not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality." - Stephen Covey

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