20 August, 2017

Arts + Cultures Festival

Jake breathing fire
Photo: Sarah Hillocks
Pretty burn-off
Photo: Nicholas Kan

It was a great week! From 14 to 18th of August MUSA inaugural Arts and Cultures Festival was run on campus at Massey in Palmerston North, and we got up to all sorts of stuff.

On Monday we had a burn out on Concourse supporting the Massey University Photography Club as they had their annual photography competition. Some of the members of that club shared their talents with us, and treated us to some amazing shots from the evening. Thank you so much guys!!

On Wednesday Jake ran a workshop to teach some flows to beginners. It looked like the weather was going to be dicey for a while there!

Cole with a tasteful display
Photo: Nicholas Kan
Twirly dragonstaff goodness
Photo: Nicholas Kan
Our Club President, Liam, with a  glorious fire poi ground burn
Photo: Sarah Hillocks

Tyrone with a stunning firesword display
Photo: Sarah Hillocks
Liam juggles with fire
Photo: Sarah Hillocks
Fire play has definitely been a great way to warm up on cooler evenings. It's been so fantastic to share our performances with enthusiastic fans and we have even started receiving fan videos and photos, some of which have been shared on our public Facebook page. It seems that there has been a little confusion, as there is an old unmoderated page the club used to use that is now defunct (and Facebook will not allow us to remove it). This is a reminder to all our fans and prospective clients, that direct emails to our club through the button on our old Facebook page will not get to us. :( If you ever want to contact us, the best way is still through our our email.

Jeremy never needed arm-hair anyway ; )
Photo: Sarah Hillocks
On Thursday night we took part in the Performing Arts Showcase for the Festival. As it was indoors in the Sir Geoffrey Peren Auditorium we were performing without fire. Our non-fire flow arts took the fore, as we were wrangled by our official Ring Master, Cameron Dickons. We dazzled the audience with glow and swirl, feats of balance on rola bola, and some impressive juggling skills. Standout perfomances included an amazing diabolo routine by Daniel "Cookie" Corrigan and glow poi routine by sisters Ashleigh and Tarah Biffen. Both performances were caught on video and have been shared on our Facebook page. Thanks so much, everyone who came to see us!

01 July, 2017

Winter Festival

Jake with his fast spins: Photo, Rob Edwards
Hi there, folks. We just had a spin as part of the recent Palmerston North Winter Festival! Down on George Street outside the library we had some juggling, stilts, glow poi and fans, fire juggling, staff and dragon-staff, devil stick and fire wands.

These gigs are really great for members of the public who are running on a budget. Our next performance in public will be on the 8th of July when we are performing outside the Regent on Broadway before the Mid Winter Hafla. This annual bellydance event promises to be a great show, and we are an added bonus. Feel free to drop by and see us, and maybe check out the show. If you're driving past, keep your eyes on the road!

It's been really cold this winter, but frosty as opposed to last year's rain, so we have had plenty of opportunity to practice our fire arts. We've also had some get-togethers for hot chocolate (and tea.. and biscuits) which really took the edge off exam stresses.
James Ardo, beautiful burn-off: Photo, Rob Edwards
With some help from MUSA, we now have more toys! A dragon staff (with many wicks on each end) fire juggling balls, and a new whip (great for trainee ringmasters.. but no animal acts please!). If you want to come and see what we do, our regular meetings are 7:30 - 9:30 at the Activity Centre by the Rec on campus at Massey University. Come play some time!

At the start of the university semester there will be another Clubs' Day (19th July) and we're still getting hyped for the Arts and Cultures Festival on campus in August. Pop by and come and meet us; ask some questions; make some friends. We have new people joining us all through the year and it's cool to try new things, dress up, and share our experiences with all sorts of different activities and props. Some keen people even make new props that nobody has ever seen before! Just bring your enthusiasm and curiosity; no experience required.

Erebus, playing with fire; Photo, Rob Edwards

10 June, 2017

Upskilling our Committee

Treasurer; learning to save lives.
We have a fantastic safety record and it doesn't happen by accident. Every year we ensure that our Committee members have valid First Aid certificates so that, we have trained people who know what to do in an emergency. Okay, so we won't be needing to dislodge chips of Lego from small children's airways, but you never know when a person will need to assess and manage possible hazards to keep our performers or audience safe. 
Secretary; seems to have plastic baby.

Committee Assistant.
A very useful person.
Does a lot of work and also
makes a mean cuppa tea.
5 stars * * * * *
This year with the support of MUSA we have 3 newly trained Committee members (and our Performance Coordinator's certificate was renewed earlier this year). The Red Cross first aid course covered all sorts of things including how to treat burns, chemical burns, breaks, sprains and dislocations, along with allergic reactions and poisonings which are not out of the realm of possibility when you are dealing with acrobatics, aerials, stilts, feats of balance, and toxic flammable liquids. We also had lots of fun, and got to meet some nice people.

We are psyching ourselves up for a lot of new performances in the works. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events. Some of the ones coming up will be free public events so keep an eye out!

Our practices will be continuing over the Massey University holidays. The next Semester will be bringing a second Clubs' Day in July. Can't wait to meet new people! Come and find us!

In the fifth week of Semester Two (that's August 14-18) there is an Arts & Cultures Festival planned on campus which will be a wild time. We'll be cracking out the costumes (and the whips) and wowing people with our fancy stuff.

Just because you love us so much, check out our excellent trash selfies.

20 May, 2017

Warming Things Up

It's been a while since we had an update and people have been asking for pictures!

Us! @ Activity Centre, Massey University; Turitea Campus
We had an amazing turn out for our Showcase. Thanks everyone who came along and checked us out.

We are happy to welcome our new members! There has been an influx in people who are working with dragon staff, fans, whips, and poi, among other things. We are always happy for new members to come and share their enthusiasm and ideas. We are mostly self taught and love to share our skills! Everyone has their own particular style and it's loads of fun to watch people go from their first tentative tries with a toy or discipline, to developing competence and confidence, and wowing us all with their new found amazing talents and skills.

Jake WOWs the crowd with his dragon staff at the "Lido LuWow Day Rave"
We recently took part in the Lido Luwow Day Rave. When we spin at the Lido it is basically our only indoor fire gig we can do. Other indoor gigs are no-fire affairs... it's tough to get up on an indoor stage under hot lights without taking out the scenery so it's just not an option we'd consider, but surrounded by water we managed to heat up an already tropical event and had a great time. These kids are a super enthusiastic audience.
Tarah enthralls the audience with her glow poi.
Tropical action: Cole heats things up with his staff.
Tessa and Tarah, tunneling;
with glow juggling and glow poi.
As we are a student club it's also been really rewarding getting involved with student events on campus. On Wednesday, after retreating from the dismal weather, we were in the MUSA Lounge entertaining students, lighting things up to support inclusiveness on campus for the Day of Silence.

We are looking forward to getting some new toys soon, we will have more news of upcoming gigs that are in the works, and more information about some of the things we do, why we do them, and how!

If you have any burning questions (see what I did there.. *cough*) feel free to email us pnmufc@gmail.com

11 March, 2017


A little magic
Hitting the gym normally means something completely different, but we have been doing just that, as we polish routines for our upcoming Showcase on Tuesday, 14th of March.

We have a variety of acts, group and individual, as well as SPOT PRIZES and refreshments.
Half the show will be indoors and there will be a fireshow outside for the second half.

... and it's FREE! so you have no excuses ;)

Downside up!

Aerial arts: Carolyn on lyra
Practicing without flames: Ardo and Cole work on staff moves
Daniel with the diabolo!
Come along and check out what we do at 7:45pm on Tuesday, in the Activity Centre of Massey Rec Centre.

01 March, 2017

A Hot Start to the New Year

Good news! Now that term is started we can look forward to SHOWCASE on Tuesday the 14th of March, where we will be showing off a range of acts and feats. This will include fire spinning, aerial performance, adagio, poi and a variety of other things.
There will be spot prizes and refreshments and entry is free!
Pop on down to the Activity Centre at the Rec at 7:45pm and see what all the fuss is about.

Phew! Today was Clubs' Day at Massey and, for such a mild summer, we seemed to get all the sun today! This made for some toasty spinning on the grass by Concourse and we had to keep an eye out to make sure we didn't set the grass on fire. We had a whole heap of interest from enthusiastic prospective members, and were visited by some old friends and members from previous years as well.

We had a range of props on display today from fire juggling clubs, hoops, staves of various sorts (heavy contact, dragon, S-staff, standard), juggling and contact juggling props, fire fans, rope dart... and we didn't even bring out all the toys today. There will be a lot more on show at our Showcase.
Fire hoop, fire fans, dragon staff, heavy staff, and our beloved safety kit..
because you don't get to play with fire if you don't play safe!
Wearing a woolly hat on a hot day,
still stops the singed hair!
Briana catches people's eye with a swirling dragon staff
Ardo does awesome aerial tricks
with his staff!

And just when we thought it was knock-off time, we had another gig this evening! We performed outside the annual Sex & The City fun information evening (question & answers to safe sex choices, relationships, drugs, alcohol and more...) organised by the Rec Centre, Accommodation Services and MUSA. It was great fun.

Here are some pictures. Quite a few people took their own at the time, and if you ever feel like sharing yours with us, you can post them on our Facebook page :)

Tessa with some non-fire.
James with a monster burn-off
[photo: Trent Skeet]
KM with fire poi!

And the AXE!

25 November, 2016

Crazy Busy!

Hi folks. It's been crazy busy for us here at Club since the middle of October. Not only has everyone been doing assessments and exams, but we have also had loads of people wanting us to help them celebrate in various ways.

We have had a couple of our new people perform with fire for the very first time.
Hank with devil-sticks
Tim with fire staff  at the Street Food Show Down

We had a fantastic gig on campus to help people celebrate the Halls Residents' End of Year Dinner. Some of the crowd had a go at trying out their juggling. If you are interested in coming and learning more feel free to come down to the Rec Centre on campus at Massey and join us on Tuesdays and Friday nights between 5 and 7pm over summer hours. We'll be back to regular hours on the 28th February, 2016.

We were out in The Square in Palmy on the 27th of October for the FoodTruck Oktoberfeast. It's always rewarding to get out and be seen by the community, and we got some people pretty excited with our juggling, stilt walking and fire show.

We performed again at this year's Whanganui Festival of Cultures, where our performers worked hard to put on a thrilling show. 

Cracking on into fireworks season we did great shows both at the Come As U R Mardi Gras and the Rongotea Volunteer Fire Brigade Fireworks. So many excited children.. it was a real blast.

Tyrone and James dueling fire swords at Rongotea. [Photo credit: Mike Gannaway]

A few days after Guy Fawkes we headed back over to Whanganui for the River City Jamboree. We had a great night with some non-fire juggling, streamer poi and a fire show. Last night the weather held brilliantly and we were wowing people back home in The Square in Palmerston North for the Street Food Show Down.

Street Food Show Down in Palmerston North
[Photo credit Left: Erebus,  Centre & Right: Rob Edwards]

It's such a buzz to hear enthusiastic feedback from people who have seen us performing. The number of people we see taking pictures and video of us with their phones there must be hundreds of pictures from each of the public gigs we do! If you ever feel like sending them to us you can share them on our Facebook page or email them to us at pnmufc@gmail.com