A 10.10.10 video by Dave Lojek
The art of fire dancing is said to have originated with the Maori tribesmen of New Zealand, who used weighted balls tied to strings—Poi— as weapons. Later the word Poi came to describe not only the ball and string apparatus, but the art form of wielding them in performance storytelling, where every movement had a certain meaning. This art form can be seen in various tourist, island locales, though lighting the balls on fire was only one particular trick.
Over the years, different people and cultures have influenced the art of fire twirling and added their own unique flare. Many juggle different flaming objects, while others draw from other disciplines, like ribbon dancing, in their routines. Many fire manipulation enthusiasts say their interest quickly grew into addiction, as the physical demands of the art make for great physical exercise, while the flowing beauty of twirling can be very therapeutic.
Variations of fire dancing can now be found across the globe, as we see Milka practicing from Berlin in “Fire Passion,” by Apeiron Films. Watch her as she lulls us into a fiery calm, and try to imagine the story her movements tell.
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