Included in the prospectus are techniques in fire eating, fire breathing, and even more on the basics of “fire flow art” which focuses on body burning, flame transfers, and fire trails. Here, LaCohie and Ritchie instruct participants in the use of fire fans, including weaves, reels, spins, and snakes, with a priority in fire safety and performance protocols. Combined with these are instructions in aerial and equipment such as the hoop, lollipop, spiral, and silks, along with lessons in stage presence, act development, and storytelling. Their “Rising Phoenix Package,” purchased solely or as an add-on option, includes a butane and aerial feature where, coupled with aerial equipment use, a froth of butane bubbles are spread on the skin and ignited. The retreat provides an informal showcase for participants where the students exhibit this combination. Using their own music, costumes, or props, their performance is captured by a professional photographer, providing evidence of an unforgettable moment that solidifies a lifetime of bragging rights.
The retreat does not include overnight accommodations and students are required to sign waivers and provide vaccination cards prior to coming to the retreat. For more information on the retreat, other events, or to hire performances, go to: https://www.vixendeville.com/retreat/
Photos by Laura Castro and Jesse Koester/Courtesy of Fire and Flight.