Fire Poi with Xavier

  • August 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Wondering what Poi is? Do a YouTube search for Fire Poi and be prepared to be mesmerized. It is an ancient Maori dance and training exercise from New Zealand that has spread to all points of the globe. Above all, it is fun to practice and super cool to watch.

FEE: $20 per member. This fee is going to the performer to cover his expenses for the night.

DESCRIPTION: Xavier Main is a performance artist and musician who enjoys performing and teaching poi (that's him in the picture shown). He has volunteered to teach the basics of (non fire) poi manipulation so we can all get a sense of the skill involved in his fire performance. As I mentioned, it is also a LOT of fun.

After the lesson, Xavier will prepare for you to get some awesome shots like these shown here. The goal of this meet up is to create stunning images like these.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: This performance uses flammable fluids and equipment. Aside from the performer, there will also be fire safety personnel. Please listen to and follow all safety rules for the evening. Watch out for the performer and his equipment and avoid staging areas and other areas designated as off limits. If in doubt, ask.

ANYONE CAUGHT BREAKING ANY FIRE OR SAFETY REGULATIONS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISSES, NO EXCEPTION!

This is for your safety as well as the performer. You have been warned.

WHAT TO BRING: A small LED flashlight is strongly recommended as we will be working under very dark conditions. A nice wide to normal lens is ideal in order to capture all the action. If you have a wide to telephoto all-purpose lens that should be all you really need for optics. Don't forget extra memory cards and batteries. Dress appropriately as it's starting to get chilly. You will need a tripod and a shutter release cable (or radio trigger). If you don't have a remote release get one. You won't be able to do everything needed to get these shots without one.

I will supply the flash.

ABOUT THE LOCATION: "Under the overpass" is a hidden location along an abandoned rail line. This is a guerrilla meet up, meaning we are going into a location we really shouldn't be in.

Carry out what you carry in and follow ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS given by the performer and his safety personnel.

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  • Ed D.

    Duck, will Xavier and Axle see these photos? Did you want us to email them to them? If so do you have that email?

    August 29, 2013

  • Rhitu R.

    It was an excellent meetup. Thanks to Duck, Xavier and team. Thanks Ed for bringing and sharing your lighting setups with gels. Thanks tony for the ride. Really nice to meet all of you guys! Can't wait to see your pictures.

    2 · August 27, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Your very welcome Rhitu. I had a blast as well and was great to meet you guys.

      August 27, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Wow, is all I can say. The event exceeded my expectations thanks to all of you who attended. A big thanks to Ed for setting up a second station. That worked out great and Axle was in his glory getting some of the spotlight. Also a big thanks to Tony and his son for providing transportation to the site. It saved everyone a bit of a walk.

    Of course big kudos to Xavier and Axle for an outstanding job. They are so psyched to see the resulting images. They asked that I extend a thank you, from them to you, for making their night so much fun. They are both excited to do this again.

    3 · August 27, 2013

  • tony c.

    excellent

    3 · August 26, 2013

  • tony c.

    hi duck i had an very enjoyable evening it was very nice to meet other members of our meetup outstanding job thanks everyone xavier did an excellent job

    3 · August 26, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Excellent event Duck! Xavier and Axel rocked the fire POI last tonight. I can't wait to see all the pictures. Duck taught me a new manual flash technique which worked like a charm, I got a chance to pull out my gels to try something slightly more advanced so was happy about that ...and got to meet some great new people last night.

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • David

    Everyone was very nice, I learned a few things, and the Poi was awe inspiring. Thanks Ed Daly for explaining flash gels + incorporating them.

    3 · August 26, 2013

  • Anna Hade D.

    A real nice evening and great opportunity. I would recommend!!
    And the other members are all helpful

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    OMG I want to go to this class!!!!! Not sure if is too late. Hope you get my message on time!!!! If not I guess next time!!!!

    August 26, 2013

  • Pj W.

    I hope you do this again Duck! I so was looking forward to this. :P

    August 26, 2013

  • Pj W.

    Sorry for the short notice,
    I was out playing with the dogs in the yard and just twisted my bad ankle. Not sure if there are people waiting to go tonight, so I'm changing my RSVP so somebody else can go.

    August 26, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    It's starting to sprinkle and I hope it stops by this evening. The location is under an overpass and we will be protected from any rain so this is a rain or shine event. Bring an umbrella for the walk from the car to the location.

    August 26, 2013

  • David

    Super stoked!

    August 25, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Xavier just got two 18" fire 'snakes' that will create a rather impressive swath of fire. He's looking forward to some fun play time.

    3 · August 21, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Really looking forward to this Duck. Nothing like playing with fire!

      August 25, 2013

  • Erin

    I'm so excited for this, knew some people back in RI who did Poi, was always cool to watch. Would it be ok if my husband came along? He won't be shooting, just may be helping me with driving, I'm newly pregnant and sometimes get sick when driving.

    August 21, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      No problem. He can carry your gear :-D

      August 21, 2013

    • Erin

      haha he's used to doing that a lot

      August 22, 2013

  • tony c.

    hi duck thanks for the invite tony chiv

    August 21, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Duck, I remember doing this meetup last year I think. The photos were outstanding. Is this the same fire performing group as before?

    August 14, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      No, this is a personal friend who is willing to work one-on-one with the photographers to get that perfect shot. You will walk away with a portfolio shot, not a snapshot like the last time. Not to diminish what the troupe did last year, but...

      1 · August 15, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Ok, the pictures I got form your last POI event were outstanding. I am really looking forward to how these pictures will come out.

      August 15, 2013

  • Rhitu R.

    It would be my first meetup with this group. Would love to come!

    August 15, 2013

  • Ray

    Sorry--I will be out of town that day--Looks like a good one!

    August 15, 2013

  • Anna Hade D.

    Sounds like fun. I am moving the end of September so will be happy to get to join in this!

    August 14, 2013

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