Cirque du Portola

An evening of fun, food & fire! Copper Lantern returns to the Portola for another night of celebrating vibrant community. Enjoy live music, exciting fire performance & gourmet food trucks!
5:00 – 9:00 pm
2675 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134


First Fridays on 24th Street 2012

Brought to you by the Lower 24th Street Merchants and Neighborhood Association in San Francisco’s Mission District. Come out and experience fire performance, belly dancers, puppeteering, live music, and art along 24th Street’s colorful corridor. Between shows, stroll past stunning murals and duck into fabulous restaurants, galleries, and stores that stay open until 9:30 pm each First Friday of the month. This summer, members of Copper Lantern Fire Theater will appear for two shows nightly on the corner of 24th and Harrison Streets. Not to be missed!


A Night in Portola

Join The Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee for an evening of festivities unlike anything you’ve ever experienced in the Portola! You’re in for a treat with performances from fire performers, jazz and swing bands, as well as some great food from local food trucks! Don’t miss this event!

When: December 3rd, 2011
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 2675 San Bruno Avenue (parking lot of Bank of the West)

The Copper Lantern Fire Theater
Jaz Sawyer Trio
Regina Pontillo Swing Band

Food Trucks:
Spin City Coffee/Pacari Chocolate
Tom Kat
Brass knuckles

NightLife: Fire and Ice at California Academy of Sciences

January 20, 2011

This week NightLife explores extremes of temperature throughout the Academy. Highlights include: The return of the Crucible to NightLife. This Oakland-based non-profit educational facility fosters collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public. Join them for innovative ice and fire sculptures, and live fire-dancing performances in our central Piazza. Artist Michael Bartalos will be showcasing artwork inspired from his recent visit to Antartica. He is a frequent collaborator with the Academy and the blog documenting the production of his project “The Art of Recycling in Antarctica: The Long View” is extensively featured on our website.

Reservations: Admission is age 21 and over, with valid ID. Tickets are available online or at the door. Adults $12, Members $10.

Crucible Revival

January 14 & 15, 2011 • 7-11pm

To mark the departure of Crucible Founder Michael Sturtz from his role on The Crucible’s staff, we are celebrating his vision and creativity by bringing back the show-stopping greatest hits of performances past. The Crucible’s 12th Anniversary Benefit is a Revival – Crucible style. Join Master of Ceremonies Mark Growden as he soulfully sings his way through a fast paced, jaw dropping line-up of music, dance, aerial, fire and much more. Expect reprisals of unforgettable moments from Crucible stage shows, stunning surprises and plenty of fire from a veritable Who’s Who of Bay Area favorites. Performances by: Marc Growden, Eric McFadden, Loop!Station, Scarlett + Axelrod, Rose Nisker & Juan Del Valle, Copper Lantern Fire Theater, Axis Dance Company, Flavor Group with Iron Monkey & special guests, Kristina Nekyia, Dan Cantrell, Marisa Lenhardt, Fleeky Flanco, Christine Marie, Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweetheart, Aziz Abbatiello and many more.

HEAT: A Fire Cabaret

July 15-17, 2010 7PM

Slip into a forgotten era when fire prohibition was in full effect and the frigid masses were forced underground to seek HEAT. Explore our speakeasy, where bootleg fire boils the blood and inflames the desires of all who enter. Join us for an evening of drinking, dancing and illicit fire with seductive performances both on the stage and throughout the studio from the denizens of HEAT. Join us for The Crucible’s first ever Fire Cabaret. This fantastically fiery evening will be filled with walk-through performance installations, fire sculptures, industrial art demonstrations, photo opportunities and a theatrical stage show divided into four 15-minute chapters presented over the course of the night. Guests are encouraged to dress up and walk around this sizzling interactive experience. Hear the sultry voice of Kim Nalley, one of the world’s best jazz and blues vocalists. Behold the mesmerizing aerial artistry of Scarlett & Axelrod, witness the death defying feats of Gravity Plays Favorites and Jennings & Xiaohong, be captivated by Fou Fou Ha!and feel the HEAT from a variety of other hot performers.


Mega Pre-Compression

Launching the 25th BURNING MAN Season!!!

Saturday, June 19th 2010
8pm to 4am; Arrive early to catch the fire performances and avoid the line!
At The Concourse Exhibition Center and parking lot next door
635 8th St (enter on 7th St at Brannan), San Francisco, CA 94103

$25 Advance sale tickets at In Ticketing; $30 at door in costume/playa finery; $35 street clothes; 21+ over

Outside Fire Art & Sculpture Garden, Inside Art & Artifacts

Art * Performance * Fire * Music * Theme Camps * Art Cars * You!

Join us for this historic & spectacular night! Celebrate on the original summer solstice weekend it all began in 1986 with a fiery and festive Precompression event in the heart of San Francisco! Ramp up your Radical Self-Expression because tonight marks the launch of the 25th Burning Man season and we want YOU to pARTicipate!

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Union Square
San Francisco, CA

Join us for the 5th Annual Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo where world renowned international fire performance artists gather to bring you a sizzling hot show! Bring a blanket and chair and arrive early for a good seat for this spectacular celebration in the cultural mecca for the fire community.

For more information, please follow the link to the Bay Area National Dance Week Calendar:

SIGN UP: Click here to sign up for this event


Compression Fire Arts Festival: Controlled Burn’s 2nd Annual Celebration of Fire and Performing Arts.
Copper Lantern travels to “the biggest little city in the world” for a night of fire performance and revelry in the City Plaza overlooking the lovely Truckee River Walk in the heart of Downtown. Compression is part of Reno’s 14th Annual Artown Celebration. Bring a blanket, the whole family and enjoy a night filled with flame sculpture, aerialists, belly dancers, fire performance, vendors and more!
Copper Lantern to perform at 9pm
10 North Virginia Plaza
For more info, visit: Compression


Please join us for The Crucible’s 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival: A Celebration of Creativity through Fire & Light!

Copper Lantern Fire Theater will perform excerpts from a new work-in-progress, Beauty is the Beast!, a piece that blends modern dance, physical comedy, contortion, object manipulation — from contact juggling to dancing set pieces — and our fun, new exploding typewriter. Please come out to support a truly spectacular event full of amazing installations, great performances and more! All new location!! Look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, July 17
Fire Arts Arena Main Stage at 9:30pm.
2020 Engineer Road
Oakland, CA
For info and directions, please visit: www.thecrucible.org

Thanks for Joining us for R-Evolve: A Propane Fun-raiser for The Department of Spontaneous Combustion.
Everyone had a great time rockin’ to the Trekkie tunes of Warp 11, the banging DJ sets of Forest Green & Dragn’fly. Copper Lantern came out in their green-skinned, pre-hensile tail glory for a truly out of this world, sci-fi show. Proceeds benefit the DSC’s project “Pyroplexity II.”
Saturday, July 27th
Acme Warehouse
1281 30th St.
Oakland, CA 94608
Doors at 8pm

JUNE 5TH 2009
Copper Lantern will be blazing a trail across San Francisco with two shows on June 5th, 2009!

Please join us at:

The Bently Reserve for the Fundraiser of the aeon: Raygun Gothic Rocketship Galactic Gala. Galactic formal attire encouraged, so set your phasers to stun!

Zoe Keating, Mark Growden Trio, Bad Unkl Sista, Ashley Knight, Fou Fou Ha!, MC Lady Finger of Sweet Snacks, Tim Barsky, Tara Quinn, Theremina, DJ Mimosa, DJ Tamo of Angels of bAss and NoMe and much much more!
Or maybe we’ll see you a little earlier in the evening at the Paradise Lounge for Cirque X: A Carnival of Decadence, the St. James Infirmary 10-Year Anniversary Benefit, featuring circus acts, fire performance and music for a very San Francisco cause.

APRIL 2009
Thanks to the 12th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival for having Copper Lantern perform for the Bruce Willis Tribute Gala. It was truly a star-studded event at Jacuzzi Winery that featured food from some of the region’s top chefs and the world-class wines from Jacuzzi and sparkling wines from Gloria Ferrer.

MARCH 2009
Thanks to all who joined us for A Show of Performance and Skill presented by Spinagogue, one of the Bay Area’s leading educators in object manipulation and flow arts. For two days, Spinagogue offered a broad range of workshops covering cutting edge techniques in poi, single & double staves, juggling, partnering and dance-based choreography. The Saturday night show featured some of the Bay Area’s premiere fire performance troupes. Copper Lantern Fire Theater performed new pieces alongside many talented guests, such as the madly skillful Vulcan Crew, the delirious & delightful Dreamtime Circus, and the antic Code RED:Circus Conspiracy.

Thanks to all who joined us for Artumnal Gathering: Tribes and Treasures a benefit for the Black Rock Arts Foundation. Everyone feasted their eyes on amazing art, exciting performance and delicious food and drink, all for a great cause!


JULY 2008
Many thanks to the Crucible and its wonderful fans for having Copper Lantern perform both Friday and Saturday nights of the Crucible’s 8th Annual Fire Arts Festival. It was an amazing event in support of the Crucible’s youth and adult educational programs!

Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12
The Crucible’s 8th Annual Fire Arts Festival
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

MAY 2008
Thanks to all who came, performed and helped with the Burn Barrel show. It was an overwhelming success!

MAY 2008
The Copper Lantern Fire Theater partnered with PureKT Productions and the Department of Spontaneous Combustion to stage a new full-length show, Burn Barrel on Thursday, May 22 & Friday, May 23, 2008. Three main acts were featured, including our new “futurepast” work-in-progress, Ex Machina. In an industrial landscape full of grease, gears & steam, an over-worked engineer contemplated her tenuous relationship with technology. This multi-media production wove together fire performance, flame effects, intricate modern dance, physical comedy, kinetic sculpture and a powerful musical mix. Between acts, a speakeasy with sideshow feats from aerialists to ghastly storytellers stitched together the dark fabric of the Bay Area night.

Burn Barrel
Thursday, May 22, 2008 &
Friday, May 23, 2008
9 pm
Acme Warehouse
1281 30th Street (@ Peralta)
Emeryville, CA
$15 at the door