i v e F r o m t h e D r e a m t i m e
N I G H T F I R E
poetry, music, ceremony, and dance
for festivals, fairs, cafes, parties, benefits, and other occasions
Let Nightfire bring enchantment
to your event or gathering!
is a performance group that combines dance with poetry, music, and
Nightfire’s works are structured improvisations that blend influences
from modern dance, Middle Eastern, African and Asian forms, with
elements of ballet and jazz dance accompanied by music and the spoken
word. We incorporate poetry from our own members and other poets
from Ann Arbor and Detroit.
Nightfire’s work draws on visions of shapeshifting, evoking interpretive
rituals circled around prehistoric fires, that allow movement to
blend the waking life with the world of dreams. In our collective
past, our ancestors saw all of nature as alive, conscious, connected,
and interrelated. From this wondrous ocean of life and creativity,
all members of the tribe could share in the experience and expression
of any being or phenomenon of Nature.
Nightfire works with the instruments of dance and words, live and
recorded music, costumes, feathers, totems, masks and the mysteries
of light and sound to awaken this timeless spirit. Nightfire’s performances
are interactive, inviting the audience to approach the circle of
firelight with their own stories, dance, and improvisations. Many
performances conclude with an invitation to the audience to join
in a group dance.
Music, art, dance, and life exist to be combined. If you can move,
you can dance.
Reclaim your power to create, perceive, and heal!
Programs and Performances
performances vary in length from 10 to 90 minutes. Most are adaptable
to venues from living room floors to full-size stages or outdoor
settings. Nightfire’s growing repertoire of dance works includes
thirty pieces. We can work with you to create signature pieces for
Nightfire’s roots go back more than thirteen years
to productions of public dance. This alternative to dancing at bars
was intended as an empowering experience that combined eclectic,
danceable music and an open, non-judgmental atmosphere for expressive
We can create magic dance parties for groups of all ages.
Galleries, Museums, and Receptions
can create dances that respond to and interact with specific works
of art or themes in exhibits. We can add a special touch to any
reception, turning the usual tables of punch, cheese, and crackers
into a feast of the mysterious.
A series of exhibits of creative photographic modeling;
dance theater in still photographs combined with live dance performances.
Nightfire can collaborate with photographers and other artists.
Nightfire will create programs appropriate for humanitarian
and ecological political events alone and/or in association with
Gatherings, Dream Exploration, and Healing
Nightfire has created a program to
present at classes and gatherings devoted to the exploration of
dreams. The group can contribute dances as an aspect of the healing
Nightfire is non-denominational and its ceremonial elements are
improvisational. The group is available to perform and assist at
spiritual gatherings that are likewise open to all and recognize
a shared common essence.
is the spirit
of ancient gatherings
of fire, star and moonlight
that Nightfire brings
to poetry, image and dance; celebrating the inner fire
of the artist
and the origins
on the stage
of our communal effort
to wrench meaning
out of the darker reaches
the Guild House Writers Series
Ann Arbor, Michigan