Limitless Reflection

The Limitless Ball

Limitless ReflectionI need 30 to 8000 piñatas, all of my performer friends in formal wear, a white umbrella for each ballroom dancer, eight buckets of black paint, one bucket of red paint, two massive sheets of plastic, two massive pieces of white roll paper, a videographer, some photographers, a couple slow motion capable cameras, lighting equipment, a warehouse/filming space, a production team, a filming schedule, a post-production team, some epic bass music, and people who want to create a dazzling thing.

I’m putting together the first Limitless collaboration project. Think of it as a combination of a ball, a party, and a bunch of piñata’s getting destroyed in slow motion. Performers in formalwear with costume flair showing off their talents in an environment that’s designed to be creative, fun, and absolutely spectacular to watch.

Why would we be doing this? Because it would be fun, because it’s art, because it’s something that we can use to showcase our unique talents and creativity to the world. I want to create an environment where my friends, the most creative people I know, can express themselves in any way that they see fit.

I’m going to need help doing this. I’m willing to take the lead on this but I’m going to need an entire team of people behind me to get this thing started, rolling, and manifested.

Game on. Let’s do this.

If you’re interested in being part of this project, contact me on the Limitless Reflection Facebook page or by email at CapacityandDesire@gmail.com.

Paradiso Festival 2013 Goblin Queen Super Geek League

Paradiso Festival 2013 Performance Recap

Paradiso Festival 2013 Goblin Queen Super Geek LeagueNeon soundwaves shattered the hills of the Pacific Northwest with sounds of bass, trap, tech house, and a variety of electronica noise accompanied by 27,000+ decked out fans. A smiling American mouse saluted an American stadium built in a dreamland of epic, and epic it was.

Tall, beautifully-grotesque creatures shambled through the massed throngs of happy, rocked out ravers. The Kandi kids shouted PLUR! and traded strings of creativity with their colorful world. The Bro culture threw their egos aside for a moment and joined humanity in a space that merged nature with the freedom of large sound. Amusement rides spiraled throughout the amphitheater, creating wonder and dazzling the hillside. Lights and lasers shot into the night, accompanying the music of the Millenials.

We created a world of Whomp, and unleashed ourselves in mass. Paradiso Festival 2013 had arrived.

Paradiso 2013 was the 4th USC Events show that I have had the pleasure of performing at with Super Geek League. About a year ago, I moved to the Pacific Northwest from Denver, CO. with the goal of becoming a national nightlife performer. I am a fire performer, a stilt walker, an aerialist, and a dancer. Paradiso 2013 was my first major performance at an Electronica Festival. I rocked 4 costume changes both Friday and Saturday, clocking in around 19 hours per day.

The weekend went by in a whirlwind of awesome.  National performers and performance teams including Super Geek League, Wildchild World, Team EZ, Stilt Circus, Fire Groove, Emerald City Trapeze, and performers from Las Vegas took over the visually stunning Gorge Amphitheater and performed next to some of the top DJ’s in the world. Dozens of costumes littered the walls and tables of the performance base camp. Rapid fire schedule changes, multiple stages, and production professionals turned the Paradiso Backstage area into a ballet of coordinated performances.

Daytime was filled with stilting shenanigans and costumed aliens. We had brought our own interactive sound, the talented Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and we unleashed them on the crowd.

As dusk turned to dark, the setting sun signaled the time to unleash fire! It’s always an amazing experience, being in front of thousands of people. Add a bit of fire performance and large sound to the mix and you have something truly exhilarating.

As fire ended, the light costumes came out to play. Modern technology is allowing us to turn ourselves into shining bits of art. We get to play with the workings of visual attraction and interactive movement. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with watching thousands of people light up with wonder and amazement as they react to a combination of dance and visual art.

Paradiso Festival 2013 was an amazing spectacle. Next up, Freak Night.

Make sure to check out Super Geek League online and come to our show July 20th at the Neptune in Seattle. Many thanks to USC Events and all of the amazing events that they throw.

Performance Playbook: The Training

Being a performer with a day job takes some serious work. In my quest to become a professional performer I’ve been stepping up my performance training to around 3 hours a day. Surprisingly, this isn’t enough. I would like to be clocking in at around 30 hours a week. To do this, I’m now pushing my training up to two times a day.

Training is hard, rewarding, fun, and wild work. I’m constantly coming up with new ways to push my body while making sure I’m eating correctly. Here’s some of the workouts I incorporate into my weekly routines:

Capacity and Desire Fire Dancing

Fire Dancing:

I’m trying to push a different kind of fire dancing than what you might see at most fire events. I’m actively dancing and moving while I spin fire. I’ve seen so many fire spinners out there that spin while they stand in place. Fire dancing can be so much more than that. I learned this when I started having to move with my double swords. Fire swords are a static tool (unlike poi which are on chains and have the ability to keep moving even though the dancer might be standing still). To look halfway decent with the swords, I have to create some really dynamic movements. These movements have spilled over into my Poi and Staff dancing.

Weights:

I really admire slim, feminine-looking, male performers (think Wildchild World). They have very sexual-looks to their characters… which is something that I feel that I have been lacking. For the longest time, I’ve been trying to slim down to get myself in a place where I might be able to imitate their looks.  Recently, I’ve realized that I have a very different body type than they do. I have a body that likes to put on muscle and then slim down. More of a powerful, masculine look (like the performers at Zen Arts). To play on this strength, I upped the poundage on my free weights and started the two days on, one day off weightlifting routine.

Aerial and Tumbling:

I practice aerial once a week on Wednesdays at Emerald City Trapeze. This has been great and I have many of the fundamentals of Aerial fabrics down. I’m leaving for the Firebird Rising Showcase in LA and Apogaea in Denver in two weeks. When I get back to Seattle after my travels, I plan  on purchasing an open gym membership at the Aerial studio and stepping up my practicing to at least 3 times a week. This should give me the ability to perform Aerial fabrics in front of an audience by September.

I took some tumbling classes at the studio. This gave me the basics of tumbling and I have been incorporating the movements I learned into my weights and dancing routines. I hope to be doing handstands and hand balancing by the end of the summer.

Dance:

On the days that I’m not lifting weights, I’m practicing dance. YouTube has been helping me learn the basics of Ballet. 3 weeks in and my range of movement has already increased. I’ve been getting some comments that my dancing is more on-point than it has been in the past. I plan on taking some classes with the Massive Monkees here soon. To keep this fun, I make sure to go out dancing at least once a week at some of the local shows. StageMe has been helping me widen my range of pop-and-lock movements. I get a ton of cardio out of the dancing that I do. I try and hit up the stilts once every month or so, just to keep on point for the big shows.

The hardest part of getting into professional-performance-shape for me has been the diet. I have had to learn how to eat healthy. Definitely not something that I’m used to and still something that I’m working on daily. It’s a fight, but I’m getting used to it.

Firebird Rising: Phase 1 – Funding

Dearest Burner Community,

It is with extreme pleasure that I have the opportunity to present you with Firebird Rising. I am so excited that this show will be coming into existence. It’s struck a spark within me.

Firebird RisingDo you remember the first time you saw the Playa at night? That sense of overwhelming wonder and amazement. A place ripe with beauty and magic! Lights and sound cascading into the air of the world to create a physical pulse of something truly alive and deeply right. Travelers that were never truly strangers would pass and look you in the eyes and smile, because you are beautiful! What’s that shining light in the distance? Is it art? Is it a person? Whatever it is, it’s where you need to be and oh Oh! The journey there will be quite delightful! Let’s hop a ship and gift a story. Dance and tumble and laugh and breathe! Scream ‘I am!’ and hug your neighbor.

Do you remember the first time you came upon the Temple? Reading the lives of humanity. Learning their stories. The silence. The sound of fifty thousand whispers and the intricate weave of healing. A cry of joy from the masses at sunrise, just for the shear sake of greeting the sun. The warmth of the fire on your face as you say goodbye for yet another year.

Do you remember the first time you rounded the final corner and saw the city of Black Rock? The size and shape of a city centered around one lone figure, visited by all who attend. Do you remember your first burn? Hundreds of individual fires igniting at once to create a shared experience of something amazing. The rushing excitement as we all lit up as one and celebrated our existence!

Dearest Burners, we have created a new culture, something wonderful, worth living for. We have created a culture that has no physical boundaries, no religious requirements, and is open and available to all who wish to participate.

It’s time to gift another slice of our culture to the default world. Firebird Rising is that gift. Combining light, sound, visual effects, theater, puppetry, projection mapping, aerial dancing, fire, stilts and more all choreographed to original musical pieces interlaced with Stravinsky’s Firebird, Firebird Rising is going to be an inspiration to all it touches.

It needs some help in getting off the ground. As of this writing, Firebird Rising has raised $7,000 of the $25,000 that it needs to come into existence. Please, take five minutes out of your day and watch the video below. Be inspired. Contribute if you can and if you can’t, please help us spread the word of Firebird Rising by sharing the Indiegogo campaign and the video. We have less than one week left to meet our goal.

Thank you,

Nate Caretaker

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