All last week The story of fire begins with the original blast. It is integral with the birth of our universe. Energy and matter are intertwined. With creation comes destruction.
In time humans overcome fear and make use of fire for light, warmth and power. We sit around the campfire telling our stories. Fire becomes a tool and is controlled through suppression.
More recently this management of nature by humans, creates a condition is ripe for wildfire, for it is clear that fire as an elemental force cannot be packaged.
We understand the ease at which fire can leap out of the container and quickly spread through huge expanses from tree top to tree top. And leave in its wake scorched earth and blackened wood. We can walk through the ashes and know fire, as only a destructive element, instantly forgetting all of its creative and warming qualities.
And so more than anything, fire is potential. Inherent in the material of life, are infinite possibilities. Included amongst those possibilities is death. And maybe part of our role as humans in nature is that of keeping the embers alive and sustaining the life forces and stretching the boundaries of possibility without exploding them beyond the capacity of this universe.
Human Nature Dance Theater was formed in 1994 by long-time collaborators Delisa Myles, Jayne Lee and Paul Moore and is often joined by other artists such as Francis Martineau, Breanna Rogers, Mizu Desierto, Nathan Montgomery and Bob Webb.
HNDT is a non-profit organization funded by the City of Flagstaff and Flagstaff Arts Council