Thank you, Fire Lovers!

Thank you so much to our community!

With your help, we managed to raise $1,380 towards the festival! This is great news for us. ┬áIt’s interesting when you plan an event like this, because you ALWAYS shoot for the moon, then you scale back where you have to to make things work =)

We are super excited that we did so well with this fundraiser and we have fellow fire lovers to thank! We’ve already sent out emails about fulfillment to those who gave at that level. And now, you will see this ONLY here on the Compression site this soon, here’s a preview of our 5th Anniversary patch!

We still have vendor space available, so if you are interested, please check out our Vendor page.

We have more fire groups this year, welcome back many old friends, and are looking forward to this year’s festival, now just over a month away!


Help Fund Compression!!

Hey Folks!

We need our community this year to make the 6th Compression the best one yet!

Please contribute through during Nevada Big Give.

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It’s heatin’ up around these parts….

The above pic is by Joy Horan, and it’s of the lovely ladies of Unmata, showcasing their AWESOME core strength and stellar dance moves. Gosh, I love those ladies!

Well, here’s today’s update….

  • Our Artown event has been approved!
  • Our grant has been secured, although it was for less than we thought or needed…
  • Stay tuned for a super exciting chance to help fund Compression and make it all happen for our 5th Anniversary!
  • Today I have been updating the performer contracts, vendor application, and photographer application. Good times, I tell ya!
  • We are considering closing an ADDITIONAL BLOCK of Virginia Street, a place to put more art cars…that might be VERY exciting…

We are excited to make this the best festival yet! Stay tuned for more updates….

Compression, 2012! Five years and going strong…

That picture up there is Gene Gene the dancing machine! He’s one of the many fabulous and irreplaceable volunteers that helps keep it all coming together for Compression. That’s a great picture of Gene, don’t you think?!?

The date for Compression 2012 is set! I had previously listed on this website the 21st, but I was confused =) The ACTUAL date is the 28th of July, 2012.

We had our grant review this week, and it went well enough. With the arts in constant peril because of budget cuts, we are looking at a smaller budget, or a smaller grant amount than in years past for Compression, but we are pretty dedicated to providing this awesome festival for our community!

More information coming soon, along with updated forms and information!


Compression, Good Times….

So, have I mentioned lately how very fortunate I am to be surrounded by loving, artistic, amazing, talented individuals who share their talents with me and mine without regard to compensation, but just for love of the art?

Well, let me tell you a little story about Doug. I’ve known Doug more than a decade now, we volunteer together in the madhouse that becomes the Reno Jazz Festival. I can’t imagine my life not volunteering for this amazing festival, that showcases everything that’s right and awesome about talented young musicians and guess what?!? The Jazz Festival will be 50 this year!! Anyway, I digress…but Doug and I have been through some stuff. He’s a great friend! This year, a couple days before Compression, color me surprised when I get this email from Doug asking what he has to do to bring a video camera down to our little soiree. The day of the festival comes, he finds me, and the magic begins…this is what Doug and his friend Rick Healy did:

Good God, I am a lucky woman to know people like this. Not to mention Doug’s just a great all around guy =) Love ya, Man…thanks again!


Thank YOU, Truckee Meadows!

We had an amazing and wonderful event, AGAIN!

This is my self-indulgent post where I thank everyone and their dog and I get to do that because we just had an awesome day, an awesome event, and I am blessed to know and be able to collaborate with some of the most amazing people on the planet, I am convinced!

The day was hot, but we didn’t break 100 degrees this year, so I feel very blessed. We had not as much wind, no lightening, no freak rainstorms, it was a perfect day!!

We were lucky enough to have been contacted about doing a live remote on the site Friday morning. Members of Controlled Burn, Le Cirque Vagabond, and eNVision Performing Arts showed up on the plaza at 4:30 am (!!!!!) to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Mariana Jacob from KOLO was very nice and even fired off Dave’s handheld propane shooter! You can find the story here:

KOLO TV’s Daybreak

Then, we were unbelievably gifted to get amazing coverage on channel 2 the day of the event. That video is here:

What can I say about how wonderful this day was for me?!? Once again, Controlled Burn showed up and kicked it in to high gear. We were worried about having everything placed and feeling rushed this year, so we started at 7am instead of 9am. I left the plaza about 2:15am.

We filled the plaza with people this year, Grin and the fire art artists really kicked it up a notch again and I am eternally grateful for Grin and his help. I’d also like to send a shout out to Bobnoxious, Grin, Rebecca “Sage”, Justin, Jungle Jim, Dale and the Red Rooster, the Trojan Horse crew and anyone in that area I may have forgotten…you made that area your own and it was amazing! I hope you enjoyed it half as much as it looked like ya did, it just seemed “right” this year =)

Photo by Bill Kositzky

Lauren is the best vendor coordinator a girl could ask for. Donna was the mistress of organization, as the volunteer coordinator; she kept everyone’s schedules straight, gave them their t-shirts and moved them around if it was needed. From the performance aspect, Lucky was an amazing MC again, Mark Simon ROCKED the sound this year, and it was great to see old friends and new performing for our fair city…

David Hirshman and John Mariotti, you rocked the martial arts, Vulcan Crew and my friend Lisa Rizzoli, thanks for doing the playshops and sharing your love of your tools with the next generation. I LOVED seeing so many kids on the stage, giving it a go! Dragonfly Aerials, I hope you enjoyed yourselves! You always look so graceful, and yet powerful flying through the air, and Chels, I hope even though you couldn’t perform, you had a great time being an audience member, I think it’s wonderful that you got to do that.

My hipSwitch sisters, I love you more than words can say! Deeta and Mi Amore, your new group was very well received and your piece was super cute. Asha, you are always so awesome, and seeing itty bitty Holly doing Baby Got Back made my day =)

Boys and Girls Club and Kyle, I hope you will come out and dance for us again! I am sorry the stage was so hot, but not sure what I can do about that…

Amy and Unmata, I idolize you all for so many different reasons…your passion, your athleticism, your candor, your skills. I hope to see you some more this Summer before Burning Man! I didn’t think I could admire you more, but you took my breath away this weekend.

Changez Dance Crew, I wish I could have talked to you more, but hope you will come back. I got great feedback about how fun your piece was and I hope we can do it again!

Le Cirque Vagabond…Mr. Ben. I can’t wait until I can say one day “Ben performed at MY festival before he hit it big”….and I hope you will consider doing so again. From the early morning TV spot, to the theme, I adored everything you did. You are seriously altered the quality of performance arts in Reno just by being who you are and bringing what you do. I want to work with you more!

Aaron and all the eNVision kids…this can’t be the end. We have to find a way for this to still exist because it’s worthwhile, you guys kick ass and damnit, you deserve it! I sent you an email today, please stay in touch, I will help if I can!!

Vulcan Crew, it was great getting to hang with you guys for a bit. You are what we aspire to be skill-wise! Let’s do it again! How about in about a month?!? hahahaha. Thanks for being there again, and for filling the gap. I feel honored that quality did not suffer because another group chose to be a chooch. THANK YOU!

Obsidian Butterfly, you guys were amazing! I hope more of your group can come next time! It was great to see you, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Dave King and that liquid shooter? AWESOME! You got some serious hang time this year, dude, I am just glad and feel honored that you still like doing this. Let’s do it again!!

Shelley Pinemom and family and Chef Tony, we would surely have dropped before we collectively performed had it not been for the amazing and succulent surprises you fed us all day. Fresh fruit and yogurt in the morning? Perfect! Wraps for lunch? Light and just what we needed and TACO BAR?!?! HOLY CRAP WAS THAT GOOD!! Thanks for raising the bar higher than I had any right to hope for Tony, I hope you will consider playing with us again =)

My family…where would I be without you? Joyous, Bri, Dan, and Junior…thanks for being patient while I was a crazy woman the last few weeks between logistics, planning and last minute details, feeding and taking care of the animals when I couldn’t dealing with my crankiness, and still having enough love left for me to work the event! I have the best family EVER! We might be small, but man, are we mighty! Yay, us!

Okay, my self-indulgence for this year is over, but the warm and fuzzy remains.


At times like this, I feel like the luckiest girl alive!



Photo by Dana Nollsch, our good friend and an awesome artist!!

The above photo was taken by Dana Nollsch, a great friend of Controlled Burn and specifically, me, Gemini. I appreciate Dana’s work, he’s done a lot of great things in this town, and this photo was also selected independently by Chad Sorg, to be featured as the front of our event poster this year. Thank you, Dana!

First of all, to photographers of Controlled Burn, past, present, and future, let me say THANK YOU! You make us look good! We’ve had amazing talent and beautiful and giving spirits share their artistic talents with Controlled Burn and we are blessed by the quality of our relationships with our photographers. This is something we value highly, and to a certain degree, we also depend on it. We ask photographers to share their photo’s with us, either through links to their sites, or by giving us copies of their works. We always try to give credit to the artist, that is only right and fair. We aren’t perfect and we DO make mistakes, but we hope our relationships are strong enough with our artistic friends that they will come to us and point out any oversights so we might correct them and still honor their work.

All that being said, it is necessary for me to limit media passes this year to 25. Absolutely ANYONE who is interested is completely welcome to photograph Controlled Burn at any show, at any time. However, those with media passes are allowed additional access to get the shots they need. This year, the need for the limit is quite simply a matter of safety. We are being required to increase our perimeter this year, and it is always our intent to keep both performers and audience as safe as possible. In over a decade, Controlled Burn has 100% no accident safety record and we want to keep things that way!

Please email gemini (at) controlledburnreno (dot) com if you are interested in a press pass for THIS SATURDAY JULY 23, 2011 for Compression. We have standard photog’s who generally shoot with us, and will have passes waiting for them, as well as invited guests. The remaining passes will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis and when they are gone, they are gone.

If you are interested in shooting Compression, we need you to fill out THIS contract. If you have any issues or need any additional information, please email Gemini at the above email address.

Thanks, and see you in a week!

Super Shout Out to Commercial Magic Makers…

So, two years ago, I found myself in an unenviable position. The first year we had Compression, we were lucky enough to have the people from SNCAT come and video tape much of the event. They broadcast it on local access cable, and condensed the festival down into maybe a 35 minute program. It was cool. My assumption was that hey, fire is cool, I’m sure they will be back, right? Well, they weren’t….

Enter 2009, where I ended up with no quality video. Come grant time, I was sad, had to recycle footage from 2008, and use all the wonderful still photos that were taken to create the grant video. It worked okay, but was not ideal. Enter the lesson: Plan for EVERYTHING! So, I have a friend who I’ve known for a number of years, who I met because she was a room mate to my sister-in-law. Her name is Maryan, and she operates Prickly Pear Imaging.

I saw her shooting something else, and asked her if she might be interested in shooting our event. She responded in the affirmative, and that, as they say, was history. I vowed never to NOT have video of the event, again =)

So, come this year, Maryan did a great job and shot some amazing footage, as she shot, I asked her to think “commerical” and “high impact” or something silly like that…

The first year we did a commercial, my good friend Lauren did the audio, and expressed interest in doing it again. Although she’s known as the town’s tie-dye/costuming Diva Extraordinaire, and also owns Prism Magic Clothing and Imports, in Sparks,

many people do not know that Lauren spent years working in broadcasting before she got in to tie dye. She’s a pro and we had a lot of fun recording the audio voice track, with the help of some friends…

Enter the third piece of this puzzle…a couple of years ago, a fellow geek and awesome human known in Controlled Burn as Matty Pockets, had this awesome song he liked from this DJ in the UK (Tim Wright, also known as CoLD SToRAGE), so he wrote the guy and asked him if we could use his song.

He gave permission and I believe even edited it with some specifics from Matty, for our use. In February, Tim left a note on the CB Facebook page saying if we ever needed help or music again, he’d be down for that. So, I messaged him, told him about our little commercial project, and told him time was tight, but if he had anything, we’d love to use it and give him credit. He was super quick, sent me some samples almost immediately, and we selected one to go with the commercial.

So, now, I think Maryan has all the pieces, and we are waiting to see what she can create! I will post here and on CB Web as soon as I have something, but I LOVE this sort of thing!

Gods, I love it when a plan comes together…=)

Amy Sigil and Unmata, Boys and Girls Club to Perform Compression!

Welcome to today’s edition of “Gemini’s self-indulgence” =). I am going to talk, very personally, about a couple of groups that are coming to Compression this year, and how they got there….and GO:

I am truly honored that Unmata is going to be with us this year! There were members of Unmata with us last year, and Verbatim the year before, but this year, Ms. Sigil is coming, WITH Unmata, AND, she’s teaching workshops on Sunday, after the festival! AND, for Compression, they are doing bellydance AND fire sets! woot!

Now, we are going to take a journey in the way back machine….back in 2008, Unmata and crew invited Controlled Burn to participate in their large Fall show, the Blood Moon Regale, where they always have a fire performance the Friday before the big show. Man, did we have fun! So much so that we went the next year too. We haven’t been back in a couple years, but always appreciate the hospitality and feel-good vibe we get from Hot Pot….then, this last December, because of a break with SEEDS, I was able to travel to Hot Pot for a few weeks and take classes. Again, and A-MAZING experience. It was great getting to be a part of that. We saw Amy and crew just this last weekend at Amy’s birthday bash and Hot Pot’s Spring student showcase. They do this piece that makes me cry every time I see it. Maybe you will get to see it too….it’s centered around “Fashion”, but probably not what you think. Here’s their performance of it at Tribal Fest last year:

Oh yeah, and if you want to experience Ms. Sigil’s awesome teaching style, go to the Asha World Dancer page HERE to register for her workshops!

AND….another amazing experience for me. So, many of you know that I have a second job at “Lawlor Events Center” doing event services. A little while ago, I worked a dance competition and saw some pretty amazing hip hop. This is something I’ve seen before on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”, but hadn’t ever really seen it in person. There was this one group, from the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, and they were super good. They had all the things that appeal to me…they were a diverse group, their routine was super tight, and they looked like they were having fun! So, I contacted them at a later time, and they are going to come and play with us at Compression too! I think this will be an amazing and beneficial partnership, and I hope they enjoy it!

That’s it for now, today is definitely a “cloud nine” day, as I contemplate how awesome the festival is going to be this year!