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

Indiegogo Campaign
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Bass Fans and Pictures

Ah! It’s always wonderful to get in a new set of fans for the Facebook page! I finally figured out how I’m going to grow the site and Facebook pages without paying for tons of promotions. I’m going to use my camera (BTW Bassdrop fans… Dubstep fans in general… you all rock!). I took a ton of pictures of Friday’s Bassdrop show and many of them turned out great! I’m glad I got to capture so many moments as they happened. This new camera rocks! I can’t wait to do it again. If you haven’t seen the pictures from the show, hit up the Facebook page and check them out!

I got to meet Freaq Nasty at the show on Friday. Awesome, awesome person. He’s directly responsible for me dancing so hard at a night at Burning Man 2010 that I went through 3 gallons of water (Ishe, Bassnectar, Freaq Nasty, and Mimosa… best set EVER!).

Bassdrop Music WashingtonSpeaking of the camera, it was really hard to dance with it. I’m going to have to find a way to make a camera holster for while I’m dancing. I have the camera bags, it will now be about finding out the right combination of straps to make the camera accessible and safe while moving.

This weekend was fairly hectic; Friday was the Bassdrop show. Saturday was spent editing and posting the photos from Friday night and then running off to work for a while. I then spent the rest of the weekend working on a client’s website. All of the website stuff pushed me back on the timeline for learning Python (I also dropped the ball on some workouts and conditioning for Aerial).

This week is going to be spent finishing the client’s site, playing catch-up on all of the coding, and prepping for this weekend. Bootie Seattle Holiday Party is this Friday. I’ll be dancing at it. Come out and see me! Bootie shows are so much fun! Hopefully I’ll have a costume ready by then. I’ll also work on face painting this week to be ready for the show.

I’m really excited to be booked for NYE! More on that in the next post (look for it later this week).

Burning Man 2012 Fertility 2.0

The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the music, the sun, the night, the Man, the Temple, the art, and the Human Connection. Such wonderful beauty! Such inspirational creativity! All of this, summed up into two words: ‘Best Burn’… So far ;).

Burning Man 2012, Fertility 2.0 was one of the best experiences of my young life. Things went right this year.

First, I would like to thank and acknowledge all of the amazing new Burners that came out to the 2012 Burn. You all are amazing people. You all stepped up and created new art, new experiences, and reinforced the integrity of the Burner Culture (something that is constantly being questioned by veteran Burners). I am impressed. I’m also inspired.

The art out at this year’s Burn was epic, as always. Large roving structures caressed the Playa with sound systems to rival any club in the Default world. Burners danced into the night, only to be greeted with a communal cheer as the sun crested Black Rock City’s surrounding mountains. The Man’s interior was a honeycomb of human interaction and delight and the Temple was the most spiritual place on the planet, if but for a moment. Ah! Lessons in the Temporary.

We build the city and we Burn it down. It is our ritual. In many instances, it is our life. Poetry of the soul, and I can’t wait to do it all over again. Burning Man is the one place, the one thing, in this world that I can always get my hopes up for and NEVER be disappointed. What a strange thing we have created!

I will tell many of the stories of this Burn in the coming weeks. For now, I would like to share some helpful advice about life after the Burn.

Decompression.

1) Don’t quit your day job/don’t make any super-important life changing decisions for a minimum of 3 weeks. 2 months is better. We’re all wound up like tops when we come back from the Burn. It happens every year. Decompression parties/events happen for a reason. Take some time to gain perspective on life and the default world, then go from there.

2) Write it down. Everything that you are feeling and thinking in your head. Get it on paper and start sorting it out. You just lived in a place of 54K people for a week. You developed new relationships and reaffirmed old ones. Feelings of loneliness are natural. A friend put it really well when he said “I’ve never been so inspired, charged, pumped, and incredibly lonely and lost all at the same time.” This is natural. How do you exist in the default after so much sensory input? *Suggestion: Sleep over parties and nap time with friends… it helps.*

3) Bring it home. Don’t stop being inspired. That gigantic ship that you climbed, that dome you danced in, that art you Burned, all of it was created by someone. Don’t start thinking in limitations. This community is amazing. If you have an amazing idea, get on it and get your friends to help. If you don’t have friends, hit up your regional. If you don’t know your regional (Check the Burning Man site), email me. I’m always down to talk ideas and inspiration. Also, you don’t have to stop living the Burner culture off of the Playa. Bring the Human Connection home and start teaching others how to interact on a meaningful, day to day basis. You don’t have to have gone to Burning Man anymore to be a Burner.

4) Start planning. Next year is coming up fast. Get on it.

5) Never go to the Burn without some sort of goal. If you just ‘go’ to Burning Man ‘just because’, you may not have as good of a time. The Playa provides and Burner Magic is in the air.

I’ll be posting more later. For now, work on re-entry and be happy! The world is an amazing place!

The STEP Program: Thoughts, Opinions, Information and What’s Next

Hello C+D Readers! A new article that I’ve written on the Burning Man STEP system is up over at Burn After Reading Magazine. Check out the start of the article below and read the rest of the article after the jump!

On Friday, March 2nd 2012, Burners looking to get tickets to the Fertility 2.0 Burn took to the internet as they anxiously awaited the opening of the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). The STEP site went live and was swarmed by the waiting masses. In less than a half-hour, the STEP site was closed and 2,000 people were in the queue for tickets. If you were one of those trying to get tickets through STEP during this time, one of three things happened:

  • You were accepted into STEP and received a confirmation email stating you were added to the queue.
  • You were bumped from the STEP site due to the high volume of Burners trying to access the program.
  • You received notification that the STEP system had been closed due to the 2,000 person limit being reached.

Both during and after the initial  STEP rush, Burners checked into the Burning Man Facebook page. FB comments ranged from the happiness of getting into the program, to anger that the STEP site was crashing.

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