Fire Conclave

Fire is the very heart and essence of life. For it is phenomena rather than substance, one that is revealed, seen and touched in ways of risk and ritual.

Fire Conclave performs at the Man burn, 2013 (Photo by Ales aka Dust To Ashes)

Fire Conclave performs at the Man burn, 2013 (Photo by Ales aka Dust To Ashes)

What is the Fire Conclave?

The Fire Conclave is a composition of select fire performance groups from around the world who create choreography dedicated to honoring the Man. Their performances forge a temporary community, as they offer fire art as a gift in service to the Man. Under the night sky, before the release of the Man in pyrotechnic delight, the largest convergence of fire performers and support staff gather at one time — and here, more fire energy is expressed and let loose than anywhere else in the world. Along with the Fire Conclave there are also the Processional Consortium and Ambient Drummers. Learn about how to join the Fire Conclave and the Fire Conclave history.

The Processional Consortium

The Processional Consortium is made up of of Luminists, torchbearers who create a path for the Luminferrous to pass; Lamplighters who convey the Luminferrous to the Man; and a processional band who generates energy for the procession. The Processional Consortium transfers the flame from the Cauldron to each fire group in the Fire Conclave, who stand ready to receive the flame.

Ambient Drummers

The Ambient Drummers are a collection of unaffiliated drummers that help create atmosphere at the foot of the Man on the night of the Burn. Drummers are organized into groups who rehearse together before being distributed around the Great Circle with the Fire Conclave on the night of the Burn to fill the air with music.

Fire Conclave Ceremonies

La Diabla created by Iron Monkeys, in Center Camp, 2009 (Photo by James Bottorff)

La Diabla created by Iron Monkeys, in Center Camp, 2009 (Photo by James Bottorff)

Burning Man’s ceremonial fire activity encompasses the spirit as well as the body and mind. The gathering of people dancing and drumming around a fire goes back to the beginning of Burning Man and beyond — it is the original, essential form of dance that crystallizes community. By summoning the power of the flame to flow through us, it strengthens and transforms our spirit.

Opening Fire Ceremony & The One Flame

On the first Monday of the event, Crimson Rose extracts a flame from the sun to light  a fire in El Diabla, a special cauldron located in Center Camp. For the flame to continue burning it must be stoked, disturbed and kept alive throughout the entire week. We encourage all those that encounter El Diabla to help keep this flame alive.

Procession of the Ceremonial Flame, 2007 (Photo by Tristan Savatier)

Procession of the Ceremonial Flame, 2007 (Photo by Tristan Savatier)

Procession Of The Ceremonial Flame

On Saturday night the fire that has been extracted from the sun, drummed and danced around, and has been burning all week long will be transferred to a special lantern, the Luminferous. The Procession of the Ceremonial Flame will proceed to the Great Circle where the largest convergence of fire performers, the Fire Conclave,will utilize that same fire to start their dances dedicated to the Man before it is released in pyrotechnic delight.