11 March, 2017

Antici.....pation!

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!
Wow!

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!
..toasty!

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





08 November, 2016

Body Movin'

Tadaa!
I can see I house from here...

Massey University Fire & Circus has had a busy month with Food Truck Oktober Feast, Whanganui Festival of Cultures, Come As U R Mardi Gras and the Rongotea Fireworks, just to name a few! It's been great to get out and show off our skills to the public, and see the smiling faces.

This year we have really reinforced our skills as a fire troupe, and have also seen a welcome resurgence in jugglers of various sorts.. but we don't just juggle balls!

Adagio (which some call acro, or acro-yoga) is an acrobatic art where we juggle people! Technically it's partnered acrobatics, which allows for amazing variations of counter-balance, dance and all manner of mucking around. It can be graceful, elegant.. and at times kinda scary, not to mention, lots of fun. Fire & Circus provides the opportunity for members to train their bodies in feats of balance, strength, flexibility and skill, as we work on high maneuvers, tricks, dance and graceful "flying".

It helps that we have a mix of people with a wide variety of skills and talents. Our more experienced members coach newer people as they try out things that are completely new to them, and sometimes really weird, in a safe and supportive environment.. with plenty of room for experimentation and personal expression.
"Have a ball and get involved with body movin'!" *
As the university year rolls in to a close we are in the thick of exams, but it helps to be able to get the body moving in really fun ways, so we are having continuing practices all through the holidays for those who are still around. Look forwarding to see more new people joining us in the new year!
[- Erebus]
*Bonus points if you can pick the quote ;)

14 April, 2016

Massey University Fire and Circus Showcase!

Hey everyone!
Here are some of the results from the showcase. It was a fantastic show!
Enjoy!
Emma

18 January, 2016

New Year, New Name!

Happy 2016 Everyone!  We hope you had a safe and Merry Christmas, and an awesome New Year.

For a while now we have been using the name 'Massey University Fire & Circus' and with the New Year, it seems like the perfect time to change the name on the blog.

It's been a quiet holiday season for us, but we did receive a Christmas present from Home Of Poi..The glow gear we ordered and so of course, we HAD to take them for a...spin.









Photos courtesy of Carolyn Edgecumbe



We all hope you have been having a safe and happy summer!
Tarah

Note: apologies for the lateness of this post, I had been sick for a while (slowly recovering), but I am feeling much better now :-)

19 December, 2015

Summer Time Fun!

October and November were quite busy for us.  Our members were busy with exams (and life), yet still found the time to razzle dazzle at gigs.  Now that we are expanding into the ways of "fir-cus" (fire and circus), an interesting range of talents and toys are emerging.  Here are some of the gigs we have done over the past couple of months.



On the 8 and 9th of October, we performed at the entrance of the Burlesque Festival, greeting guests as they arrived at the Globe Theatre.  And what better way to greet people, than by getting out the big firey axe??


video






Looking festive at the festival.  This photo was taken of the gang at the Wanganui Festival of Cultures on the 17th October.  Never before have the Joker and Harley Quinn hung out together like this!

Photo courtesy of Darryl Mallett





We were also invited to be apart of the Wave Rave at the Lido Aquatic Centre on the 30th October.  It is a unique gig, as we are using and performing with fire INDOORS, as well as it being along the edge of a swimming pool full of children.  Twas certainly an interesting setting!

video





On Halloween, we were invited to perform at the St. Albans Come As You Are Mardi Gra, which was a non-costume family-friendly gig before their fireworks display.  





Rongotea have an AMAZING annual fireworks display on the 6th November, which we spin at before the fireworks start.  The Rongotea Fireworks gig is one of our busiest performances, and we have the space of an entire paddock to perform in for the very large audience.  

                   






The next day we were performing again at the very popular Cuba Carnival.  It was a bit of a challenge with wind, but the event went down without a hitch.   





Crosshill Gardens: we were invited to do a non-fire performance at the beautiful Crosshill Gardens in Kimbolton on the 8th of November.  We performed with a wide range of toys, including staff, glow poi, levistick and contact balls.  A couple of the very talented ladies even did an Adagio performance, which was extra impressive considering how slippery the ground was!
After our show and lunch with the guests, we went for a magical adventure around the gardens, where we were met with the illusive and mysterious Liam-Possum....



Legend has it that this mystical creature only appears once in a blue moon, but our "highly-experienced" camera crew snapped the creature in its natural habitat before it scuttled away.  





                                                         


We have certainly been busy lately and with so much more fun to come over the holidays.  So stay tuned for more fire-burning, staff-twirling, poi-spinning fun.  
Have a safe and happy Christmas,  
Tarah