Our Main Event, July 26 on Reno City Plaza

Join us for Compression Art & Fire 2014 on Reno City Plaza and indulge yourself in a [dust] free slice of Burning Man.  Performances begin this year at 5 pm, and will include BohoHoops, eNVision, Tahoe Cielo Aerials, Nataraja, Stiff Kitty Burlesque, Obsidian Butterfly,  Controlled Burn, Flameology and Black Rock City Allstars among many others.  BohoHoops

Battle Born Derby Demons Rollergirls will again be volunteering throughout the venue, and welcomes your volunteerism too.  Visit the Fire Garden full of fiery sculptures, the Vendor Garden, and of course lots of Art Cars and Mutant Vehicles.  There will be food and drink, playa sculptures and informational booths from all sorts of alternative groups.  The afterparty is by Osiris, and tickets will be available at the Compression information stand.

Don't mess with Compression!

Don’t mess with Compression!

Virginia Street in downtown Reno from Mill to Second Street, and Reno City Plaza at First and Virginia Streets.  5-11 p.m.  Free and family-friendly.  Please leave pets at home because the plaza becomes crowded and large-scale flame effects cause distress.

Worlds away

"The Worlds"

“The Worlds”

A playa outside Austin seems worlds away, but we are going there, and taking our fire with us.  We will create a Compression festival on Saturday night, July 12th for the opening night of “The Worlds” landsailing international championships.  Would you like to practice your playa set-up, partake of a little fire, meet some folks immersed in their passion — the landsailers from around the world?  We would!

Get ready for us, Fernley

We are rolling into Fernley next!  And we are arriving hungry because we LOVE Indian Tacos.  Get ‘em while they’re hot.  Enjoy them in the rodeo stands while aerials, marionettes, fire dance and music play out in the arena.  Enjoy lots of hot stuff at Compression in Fernley on June 28, 6-10 pm in the rodeo grounds at Out-of-Town Park.

Indian Tacos, just like at roadside on the way to the Burn

Indian Tacos, just like at roadside on the way to the Burn

KNPB documentary “The Work of Art: Artown” features Compression! Art & Fire

Controlled Burn is honored to be featured in Jeremy Dunn’s wonderful documentary on Reno’s annual Artown event.  Compression is on July 26 at Reno City Plaza.  Please join us.  If you want to watch the segment on Compression, jump 60 minutes in, but we love the whole show, the groups and volunteers who pour themselves into making it happen.  Enjoy!

The Work of Art: Artown

Sesquicentennial Success Stories

Controlled Burn has four Nevada Compression events for you this summer!

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LOVELOCK.  June 20, 6-10 pm at Amherst Park.  A community arts festival in conjunction with the concurrent Nevada State Firefighter’s Assoc. Conference and Training.  Fire and alternative artists and organizations volunteer to produce a celebration of local arts and culture.  Youth activities include bike decoration, safety, arts and skills playshops.  Regional artists and organizations collaborate in displays and performances, including fire dance, tribal arts, local crafts, gunpowder painting, art cars and flame effect sculptures.

FERNLEY, June 28, 6-10 pm at the Rodeo Grounds at Out-of-Town Park.  This event is in conjunction with the Fernley Multi-Cultural Festival.  Activities include a kite show, arts and skills playshops.  Regional artists and organizations collaborate in displays and performances, including fire dance, tribal arts, local crafts, gunfights, art cars and flame effect sculptures.

AUSTIN, July 12, 7-10 pm at Smith Creek Dry Lake.  A fire arts celebration in conjunction with the International Landsailing World Championships.  Displays and performances will include fire and fusion dance, art cars and flame effects.

RENO, July 26, 5-11 p.m. at Reno City Plaza.  A celebration of the culture of Burning, with lots of music and dance, youth and alternative performance troupes, art installations, aerialists, street entertainers, playshops, vendors, art cars, costumed celebrants, fire arts and huge flame effects.  This is the main event, now in its 7th year.  Come and get a kabob and a beer, spread a blanket, and enjoy a very unusual evening downtown.

Collaborators, vendors and volunteers are still welcome to join in all these event.  Contact Erika at 775-686-9608 or at erika@controlledburnreno.com

We have so much fun during Artown in downtown Reno, and we love our collaborating artists and organizations, so we decided to share what we do in other Nevada communities, to help them use the successful template for the Reno Compression as a basis for their own annual community arts festivals.  In this first year, our volunteers, supporters and collaborators help local activists create events, then we provide all the elements that can’t be drawn from the local community.  We wish each community great success in continuing to celebrate the arts and culture of their citizenry in subsequent years.  We will do our best to create family-friendly events so that they invite us back!

No Pressure.

It takes fiery guts to build a flame effect sculpture.  Students who participate in the June 7/8 “Flame Effects for the Artist” class will display their work in the Fire Garden at Compression! Art & Fire 2014.  Participants bring scrap metal, learn the intricacies of working with propane in an alternative situation, collaborate to formulate a sculpture plumbed for fire, then try it out.  The final project will be on display at Reno City Plaza on July 26, so no pressure…

http://www.poofersupply.com/Workshops/Flame_Effects_For_The_Artist_Workshop_Reno_2014_p137.html

You just KNOW this will shoot fire.

You just KNOW this will shoot fire.

 

Burning Man and Black Rock Arts Foundation newsletters.

Burner Stylin'!

Burner Stylin’!

It is lovely to be in such fine company in today’s Jack Rabbit Speaks, and so many from northern Nevada!  Compression and Controlled Burn (and its members) are involved more than a few ways around in much of what’s happening in Reno arts and culture.  Being listed as Burning Man grantees and as Black Rock Arts Foundation grant recipients stokes our fires.  Congratulations also to David Boyer, Matt Schultz and all of The Generator Embrace Crew, Warrick Macmillan and those working on other regional projects.

Stylin' while burnin'!

Stylin’ while burnin’!

Our Black Rock Arts Foundation Grant is for all of us to make Compression! Art & Fire fantastic and far-flung.  Please don’t stand back and wish you’d involved yourself.  Ask ANY of us!  Join in.

Your Amazon.com purchase raises funds for Compression events

If you were going to buy something, and if you shop Amazon.com., Amazon will donate 1/2% of your purchase amount to Controlled Burn.  We will use the Amazon $$ to support artists at Compression events this summer, hopefully without another fundraiser. If you don’t shop Amazon, please choose to buy locally. THANKS!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to CONTROLLED BURN FIRE PERFORMANCE….
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Honored and Motivated as 2014 Black Rock Arts Foundation Grantees!

Our traveling design (in progress), by Dave Cherry.

Our traveling design (in progress), by Dave Cherry.

2014 Black Rock Arts Foundation Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2014 Grantees! This year, the Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants Committee awarded more money than ever, $70,000, to more projects than ever before. We can’t wait to see how these fifteen projects evolve!

http://blackrockarts.org/projects/grantee-projects/2014-grant-recipients

Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations
Erika Wesnousky
Reno, Nevada
$5850

2014 Grantee, Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations

2014 Grantee, Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations

Compression! Art and Fire is a popular annual Reno arts festival that works with local artists and activists, creating events across Nevada, to share the culture and impact of Burning Man. In 2014, Nevada celebrates its 150th birthday and this year’s Compression! festival will meet the challenge of celebrating such an occasion.

Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations are fire and alternative arts festivals created in partnership with the community. At these free and accessible events, participants enjoy a myriad of attractions. Project booths and theme camps create a canopied bazaar that draws the neophyte to a taste of the ephemeral Black Rock City. Audiences are dazzled by live fire performances, aerialists, and performers from local and regional youth groups, fusion artists, and indigenous dancers from Nevada tribes, all on a stage surrounded by massive flame effects. Participants may wander through the Fire Garden and are invited to control and interact with sculptures of flowers, dragons and other fire sculptures. If inspired by the fire dancers, community members can try their hand at the art form with unlit fire dance object, such as hula hoops, poi dance, staff dance and flow fans.

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Please let us know if you would like to participate (collaborator, volunteer, sponsor, vendor, theme camp, art car, lots of opportunities) in a community event.  We are already planning Fernley and Lovelock events, and hope to visit Winnemucca, Elko, Austin, Las Vegas, Tonopah, Hawthorne and Gardnerville.  Call Erika at 775-686-9608 for information.  THANK YOU!