Wakarusa is pleased to announce the following artists, performers,
and art installations for our 10th anniversary!
Wakarusa is excited to announce the following live painters!
Interactive Art Installations
Wakarusa has a long standing commitment to the local art community.
Pyramid of Life
by Easily Distracted
Easily Distracted Art Collaborative is a collective based out of Columbia, Missouri. They specialize in space creation for events and parties, and will be bringing the magic pyramid back to Wakarusa for its second year. Look for the Vibe Tribe KC and other flow artists collaborating around the Pyramid of Life!
Meet Me at the Piano
The Living Chalkboard
The Nest by Nature Dreamweaver
Let the art come to you! These performance troupes are perusing the festival grounds all weekend.
The Vibe Tribe KC
The Vibe Tribe KC is a collective of vibe raising dancers, poets, flow-ers and show-goers,
practicing all forms of positive creativity.
Vibe Tribe aims to create sacred space around music and art and community. Their unique emphasis on consciousness, awareness and spirituality allows them to not only entertain, but also to educate and inspire everyone by cultivating creative energy. Visit them at the Pyramid and get Easily Distracted!
ST Louis Hoop Club
Fostering a unique and growing community of hoopers and dancers,
the ST Louis Hoop Club believes that hooping changes lives!
ST Louis Hoop Club is a dedicated group of collaborators, lovers of spinning, and teachers of the spinning arts. Don’t miss the daily Hoop and Flow workshops with this amazing hoop club, 10:30-11:30 every morning, at the Satellite Stage.
Inspired by the oldest form of theater and the new age of electronic music,
the Astral Gypsies brought the two together, creating mind blowing interactive art.
With giant puppets upwards of 35 feet tall, the Astral Gypsies play with attendees, get down to the good tunes, maneuver through the most intense of audiences, and add special effects during late night performances with LED lights!
Characters include: blissful 6 armed goddess, Octopus from the depths of the deep blue sea, and happily dancing mushrooms. Dedicated to opening minds through interactive visionary art, the Astral Gypsies’ Giant Puppet Troupe presents a truly “Larger Than Life” experience!
If ya can’t handle the heat…
“We are artists in a new, creative and innovative generation.
Fire is our paint, your eyes are our canvas.”
Fusing together manipulation/spin arts, dance, choreography, sacred geometry, and the elements of fire and glow, Fire Technicians creates a truly unique and face melting show of art in motion.
Fire Techs features more than 10 styles of highly refined fire artistry such as Poi, Rope-Dart, Hoop, Devil-Sticks, Belly Dance, and Fire Breathing & Eating.
Firefly Performance Troupe
Everyone is taught from a young age, that fire is dangerous.
The Firefly Performance Troupe teaches you that fire can also be beautiful.
Firefly Performance Troupe enhances music by combining dance and sensual fire spectacle into one staggering performance that will simply blow your mind. Performing in the arts of aerial silk dance, hoop dance, poi spinning, contact staff, double staves, fire fans, fire clubs, fire orb, flow wand, and fire eating; these four performers truly embody moving meditation.
Intrinsic Arts incorporates multiple spinning styles, including flow, tech,
and their most recent addition: FIGHTING!
Intrinsic Arts is a fire performance troupe and artist collective featuring members trained with poi, staffs, swords, rope dart, hoops, and fans. They strive to share, expand, and inspire the fire spinning community to continue evolving.
To Haley Calhoun, stixs is more than a hobby,
it’s about the passion, flow, connection and beauty of the art of fire.
Haley Calhoun is from Kentucky and has been playing with flower stixs and fire stixs for many years. She recently started performing at summer music festivals, and it has become a huge part of her life. Haley is delighted to share, introduce, inspire, teach, and spread joy around the world through fire performance.
A born Leo and an adoptive Shark, Lady SharkBite’s dance
takes inspiration from natural water and fire elements of the Earth.
Lady SharkBite lights the night with hoop dance and fire performance, captivating audiences with a spunky yet graceful flow style. She captures grace and fluidity yet still shows power and dominance whether she uses hoops, fire fans, or isis wings. Let Lady SharkBite dazzle you with her passion for dance and her unique flow style.
Dress Up and Play
Become a part of the roaming performance troupes with the daily dress up themes!
New to 2013! Fire Safety Training
If you plan on spinning fire at Wakarusa,
then you must attend one Fire Safety Meeting held 6:00 pm daily at the Pyramid of Life.
The Pyramid is located in the Main Stage concert field.
At this brief 30-minute Fire Safety Meeting, you will review fire safety procedures, meet other fire spinners, and receive an official Fire Bracelet from Wakarusa. You must have a Fire Bracelet in order to spin fire at Wakarusa, or else you risk having your fire spinning equipment confiscated. Fire spinning is allowed only in the designated areas marked by rope lights at the main and side stages, and you must be wearing your Fire Bracelet in order to spin. Thank you for your safety and cooperation.
Click here to download our Fire Safety Handout. If you have any fire safety tips you think may be missing, don’t hesitate to email: email@example.com. The 2 amazing fire pics above are of the Fire Technicians, one of many performance troupes at Waka 2013!
Resident Musician: Mike Dillon
From his high-octane performance and unorthodox percussion rig, there is no question that Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic, multifaceted, electrifying percussionists in the country.
Mike Dillon is a virtuoso percussionist and our official Musician at Large during Wakarusa! Catch Mike as he meanders out and about Wakarusa, playing multiple sets with several artists, as well as joining the annual Sunday Morning Drum Circle.