Fire and Light Performing Arts is Northeast Ohio’s premiere live event entertainment company and community flow art and dance studio.
Our entertainers create spectacular performances through movement of fire, light, and day props, stilt walking, character acting, circus arts, and other specialty acts. (Learn more on our bookings page.)
We integrate styles of flow art, dance, and other circus and performance arts.
We inspire others to experience and learn the flow and fire arts (safely). (Take a class at our studio at IngenuityLabs at the Hamilton Collaborative!)
We provide a home for our growing flow arts community.
We offer creative thought leadership for developing special performances and fire safety methods.
Fire and Light was founded in 2014 by Violette Robinson to expand the reach and impact of the flow arts and build community in Northeast Ohio through performances, classes, and events. Watch our videos, and view our Instagram and Facebook pages to see what we’re all about!
Violette S. Robinson
founding director and owner
Violette founded Fire and Light Performing Arts in 2014, and incorporated the company in early 2015. She began teaching herself fire fans in 2013. She presented her first choreographed works, “X=X” and “Electric Bird” at IngenuityFest 2018, which were collaborations between dancers and flow artists who bridged their respective disciplines. Violette received a Master of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and environmental studies from Case Western Reserve University where she also studied modern dance. Violette established Fire and Light Performing Arts to combine her love of ballet and modern dance with the flow arts, to provide opportunities for talented local flow artists to share their work, and to enable the wider community to experience the flow arts.
assistant director and costume designer
Juliette joined Fire and Light upon our incorporation in early 2015. Juliette is a multi-talented entertainer specializing in stilt-walking, character acting, partner acrobatics, and performance with a variety of fire and LED props including fans, hoops, poi, dragon staff, palm torches, and other specialty props. She designs and produces costumes for Fire and Light performances as well as sustainable flow performance garments and props for her shop, Crocodile smile shop. Juliette and fellow Fire and Light company member, Matt Edick, co-founded Divine Harmony, their multi-discipline partner variety act; they perform across the country at major events. Juliette is originally from Long Beach, California and relocated to study at Akron University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance with an emphasis in woodwinds (primary instruments oboe and French horn).
WHAT ARE THE FLOW ARTS?
Flow Arts is a general term used to describe the intersection of a variety of movement-based disciplines including dance and object manipulation. The broad category Flow Arts includes a variety of pursuits that harmonize skill-based techniques with creative expression to achieve a state of present-moment awareness known as Flow.
The Flow Arts draw from a multitude of ancient and modern movement disciplines from taichi and Maori poi spinning, to martial arts and juggling, to circus arts, hula hooping, yoga, and modern fire dancing.
Common props include hoops, poi, fans, staves, levitation wands; and new props are constantly emerging.