The Fire Conclave is a composition of select fire performance groups from around the world who create choreography dedicated to honoring the Man. Their performances forge a temporary community, as they offer fire art as a gift in service to the Man. Under the night sky, before the release of the Man in pyrotechnic delight, the largest convergence of fire performers and support staff gather at one time — and here, more fire energy is expressed and let loose than anywhere else in the world. Groups have gathered from across North America, and around the world from places such as: United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Argentina and Australia.
Knowledge of and incorporation of Burning Man Principles.
Knowledge and experience of fire performance art and all aspects of safety.
Past experience with managing a fire group that has performed with the Fire Conclave.
No longer managing any one fire group to create impartiality.
Able to remain calm in the midst of chaos.
Each Fire Conclave Council member is beholden to the others, working by consensus. We are empowered to make decisions on a daily basis about workload and priorities in collaboration with the Art Dept. Supervisor.
The Fire Conclave Council is comprised of Crimson Rose, Tabasco Mills, Wrangler, Scorch and Natalie. There is nearly 100 years worth of fire art knowledge between the five FC Council members. We are here to direct, support, appreciate and cheer you on to success.
Please remember the Fire Conclave Council (FC Council hereafter) is a small team. We love and appreciate personal emails from you, but if it’s Fire Conclave business related, you must use the firstname.lastname@example.org address to keep the entire FC Council in the loop. That email goes to us all.
The Fire Conclave Council sincerely wishes you all the best in your fiery endeavors!
The Fire Conclave is a production Rosie has been developing since 1991. The FC Council works to fulfill and expand her vision. As a co-founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man Project, Crimson’s life passion and work have focused on the arts and artistic expression, and developed the organization’s Art Department, including the infrastructure, financial and other support services that make possible the large-scale participatory art works that Burning Man is renowned for. With Crimson’s guidance, Burning Man serves as an inspirational limitless canvas, the works of which now find public placement in cities around the world and serve as catalytic sparks for community collaboration. Instigator of the Creative Energy and the Creative Director of the Fire Conclave, the largest gathering of fire performers in one place at one time in the world. Photo Credit: Kevin Levezu
Tabasco has a way with spreadsheets and geometry that inspires the rest of FC Council. He makes the maps and places each fire group with precision. From 2005 till 2010 Tabasco also lead the coordination of the Ambient Drummers. His crew, The Iron Monkeys, are our part of the production management team. Tabasco goes through your sign-in rosters with you on playa to determine how many Great Circle Access Passes (GCAPS) you get, and then counts out all of those freakin magic pieces of plastic. Tabasco instigated Pyrosutra, was Shin of the Northwest Fire Conclave, coordinated safety and stage managed for elaborate fire performance productions. Outside of Burning Man and the Fire Conclave Tabasco runs the artist collective Iron Monkeys and runs his own blacksmithing business in Seattle. Photo Credit: Kevin Levezu
Wrangler has been attending Burning Man and dancing in the Great Circle since 2000. She has helped to organize and run Fire Conclave Convergence since its inception in 2001. A master at the skills of copy and paste she has been inputting Fire Conclave ticketing for several years. She also helped to bring the Shiva Vista project to the playa from 2007-2009 and spends endless hours driving a flame effect vehicle on playa. Wrangler prefers to work behind the scenes to make sure everyone has what they need to be successful. In the default world she is a special education teacher in Reno, NV. Photo Credit: EspressoBuzz
Scorch has been attending Burning Man since 2004, and was Shin of the Burn Academy for 6 years. Outside of Burning Man, she is the co-founder of United Fire Artists, an organization in Southern California whose mission is to promote fire safety through education and training. She is also a member of S.A.F.F.E. (Safety Advisory for Fire and FX in Entertainment) where she helps advocate the art of fire performance and teaches fire performers how to open legitimate and legal fire practice spaces. In her spare time, she runs a fire performance tool company with her husband and is always creating new and inventive ways to play with fire. Photo Credit: Grant Palmer
Natalie is on a mission to inspire the community by sharing the art created by the Fire Conclave and Documentarians. She has been attending Burning Man since 2001 and was Shin of Radiant Heat for 15 years. Outside of Burning Man, Natalie teaches Pilates and fire dance locally in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her work as a director and choreographer is about creating opportunities for people to connect with themselves and each other in a collective dance that is bigger than the sum of its individual parts. Photo Credit: Grant Palmer