The Detroit Fire Guild is bringing its spring show, The Fires of Beltane, to the Crofoot Ballroom Saturday night. Think “Braveheart” mixed with Cirque du Soleil, and add in a dance club; throw in a fire performance and you know what to expect at the performance.
In addition to fire performers from the Detroit Fire Guild, The Fires of Beltane will feature acrobatics from the Detroit Fly House and live music from Bride Stripped Bare, OttO Vector, and DJ Intercom.
“In all our shows, but especially Beltane, we hope to make an emotional connection with the audience, to draw them into a captivating visual and musical world that is experienced, not just observed,” explains show co-producer Chrissie “Majik” Bingham.
Believe it or not, a spring fire performance is based in tradition: a Gaelic, pre-Christian festival called Beltaine, that aligns with May Day and, not coincidentally, the halfway point between the first day of spring and the first day of summer. In both Ireland and Scotland, fires were used for purification, and to herald a good growing year.
Tickets are $20 and available in advance from www.thecrofoot.com/events. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. The performance starts at 9 p.m. and runs to 2 a.m.
The Detroit Fire Guild was founded in 2008 by longtime fire and circus performance artists, and is a collective of individual visual performers, musicians and artists. Visit Detroit Fire Guild’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account; visit Beltane’s Facebook page here.
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