27th July 2011
The 15 minute event combined the perfect night air with fire, shadow theatre, music and smoke. The piece was preformed by members of the Creswick and Clunes communities including a Dancer, fire sculptor, a CFA firefighter, a vintage engine and a champion Axeman.
The crowds were cheerful and they were warmed by the fires and the cast were warmed by their responses.
The piece explored the adaptive behaviours of plants and animals and humans to fire and the words of Fire Ecologists Kevin Tolhurst and Alan York providing insightful, challenging and provocative statements about fire.
From the artists:
Illuminated By Fire in Fed Square was great for us.
We made art with our new Regional community and then were able to bring that work into our old town and show it! What fun!
Along the way we worked with 10 other incredible artists from across the state. At Fed Square we had a chance to spend time with them and most importantly their art too.
Our cast and crew of 12 enjoyed the opportunity and the joy of presenting the show in Melbourne.
As artists, Illuminated by Fire provided the opportunity for us to work in our Regional Community over a two year timeframe with a challenging, rich and intriguing idea: the complexity of fire. It was rigorous and wonderful.
In the words of Alan York:
Why there are so many different things in our world
is because they all have subtly different ways of doing things.
The trick is to be in some ways subtly different
in the way you approach life.