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sage.jpgWATCHING HER PERFORMANCE IS MESMORIZING TO SAY THE LEAST. YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH ONE OF HER FIREDANCING PERFORMANCES. I HAVE ATTENDED CLOSE TO TWENTY OF THEM AND THE NEXT TIME THEY PUT ON A SHOW, YOU CAN BET MY ASS WILL BE THERE. WE TALKED JUST AFTER A SANGRE DEL SOL SHOW. THIS SHOW INVOLVES MANY FIREDANCERS AND OTHER PERFORMERS. IT IS A GREAT NIGHT OUT. FOR ME, SAGE STEALS THE SHOW. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR TIME WITH THE DAZE SAGE. OH YEAH, I USED SPELLLCHECK JUST FOR YOU:)!
AD: Are you from Austin?

S: No, I was born in Greenwich Village. New York, raised in Los Angeles and moved to Austin about 10 or 11 years ago. But I am from some far off distant planet that I can’t pronounce with our limited tongue movement made of all green swirly rubber balls, butterfly wings and pink ding dongs.

AD: When and how did you get interested in performing with fire?

S: The first time I saw that sexy cheerleader from Grease spin fire batons I said, “that’s what I’m gonna do when I grow up” So about 9 1/2 years ago in Austin I saw this women named Aurora light up her fire poi (chains) and started spinning them around. I was completely mesmerized. It was then I remember my childhood dream to be a fire cheerleader. It was the most powerful thing I had ever seen a women do. (I knew I could finally get a date if I learned how to do this) So she showed me a few tricks and then I was totally hooked. I started practicing all the time. It is a lot of fun and a really great form of moving meditation. Then people around town started getting really interested in it and asking me to do it at their parties. But little did I know I was just going to scare all my dates away. They all thought I was some sort of a witch. Ha Ha Ha!

AD: Do your dreams/ fantasies play a role in the choreography of your performances?

S: Maybe not so much in choreography, but definitely in characters, props, costumes, music and story lines. Some of our Halloween shows have been based almost all on dreams and fantasies we’ve had.

AD: Your performances mesh sexy routines with danger. Are you working with the notion of forbidden elements to make a statement?

S: I’ve never really given that too much thought. At least not on a conscious level. Nor have I really considered fire or sexiness forbidden elements.
I have always felt them to be sacred and playful. As far as making a statement; we are just expressing ourselves and creating ourselves. Doing what we were sent here to do. Coming from the heart and promoting inspiration, strength, creativity, passion, and getting back to the core of one’s self. We just like to dance with the fire spirits and if sexiness comes out of that, so be it.

AD: Tell me your definition of a fetish?

S: Something out of the ordinary that turns you on

AD: Have you been burned?

S: Yes, many, many times. Mostly just minor, but I’ve had one major burn on my face. Fortunately for me the face heals very quickly and I had lots of healers come to my aid. Burns happen often to people who play with the fire. After a while it really doesn’t effect you as much. Sometimes I get burned and won’t really notice it for a couple of days. When I was a child I got burned pretty regularly too. Maybe it has something to do with my Moon being in Aries. I definitely don’t like getting burned so I practice and wear the proper protective clothing.

AD: Tell us about Sangre del Sol.

S: It is Spanish for Blood of the Sun. We chose this name because it fits what we do. Fire is the blood of the Sun and we are a part of the Sun. I feel if there is anything that I worship it is and always has been the Sun. The original members of Sangre del Sol, formed about 8 years ago, were Aurora, Zarah and I. We have all traveled through Mexico many times and feel a strong connection with the Spanish culture and language. Now the main members are Zarah, Kat, Arashi, Tashar and I. We switch musicians, dj’s and guests fire performers, so that we can always give others opportunities to share their talents and give our audience some variety.

AD: What is most special to you about Austin?

S: The bats and the water. Bat medicine is considered to be very shamanic and transforming. They see in the dark, which is very symbolic of being able to see into our subconscious. Bringing what is hidden into the light. Taking a look at our darker side, digging down way deep and bringing transformation for healing to take place. Plus they eat mostly mosquito’s which caring the blood (DNA) of many species. So the bats must know a thing or two about a thing or two. I been told that austin is built over an aquifer. Water is just as powerful as fire. It is super conductive (attracts lots of energy). I feel this really has and affect on everything that lives here. Water is feminine, healing, cleansing, nurturing, represents subconscious dreamtime, abundance and ever flowing life. This contributes to all of the art, music and lovely
high energy conscious people.

AD: What is the most striking difference to you about performing in Austin opposed to other cities?

S: We have fans here!

AD: What do you think this town’s art scene needs to do to thrive on even farther?

S: People to get more involved, more artist grants, going out and supporting, working together more, offering free art classes to kids.

AD: What do you think of when you hear that we live in “the live music capital of the world?”

S: That’s why I moved here! I feel extremely proud to be a part of this community. I absolutely love music, it saved my life when I was a teenager and continues to keep me going with a good attitude. I’m sure many others feel the same way.

AD: What is your favorite place to sip a hot or a cold beverage and why?

S: The Daily Juice and Cafe Mundi. The people who run and own these places are family too me. They are very aware, extremely nice and actually care about the well being of others. I work really hard on paying attention to giving my money to local businesses and people who really deserve it, instead of corporate places that only care about getting money and pushing others out of business. The daily juice has organic, and very creative juice and smoothie mixes. Cafe Mundi has great outdoor seating that helps me feel relaxed. They have also been supporting our fire dancing for years. Both places carry my favorite snack in town, the Baraka Bar.

AD: What advice would you give the other artists of this town?

S: Dive deep and know that you are worthy of all the abundance in the Universe! There are no boundaries when it comes to creating!

AD: What do you think of the Austin DAZE?

S: I really appreciate them taking such an interest in supporting the local artist scene. We need all the support we can get. I also like that is seems pretty underground still. There’s a certain amount of charm when things remain underground. It makes people feel like it is just for them. The artwork always catches my eye too.

AD: We are all pretty depressed and bored about the state of politics in this country, what are your feelings?

S: My feelings are bring it on! Never in my time being alive have I experienced so many people coming together to finally take some action. When people are upset or disturbed they finally will get up off their asses and do something. I really didn’t like either of our choices in the Presidential election although I did vote democratic. They both are just puppets to me. If I think to much about all the horrible things happening, my heart just hurts too much. So I choose to think and feel in a much more compact way. I know that thoughts equals energy. So I work everyday on improving myself and cleaning up my thoughts so that my vibrations are as high as they can be. That is the way I can teach people and change things. Having compassion and understanding for all, while taking action by improving myself and working with others. It all starts by visualizing what we want and the more people with the same vision the better chance of manifesting the vision. Art is excellent for getting messages across, because it is on a subconscious level so people don’t fight it as much as just plan words. It is up to the artist, healers and feminine energy to help our next generations.

AD: Do you teach people how to fire dance?

S; Yes I love to teach fire dancing! If anyone wants lessons out there they can contact me at
sagefire88@hotmail.com.

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  1. Chad

    Sage, I look at a lot of videos of all kinds of flow arts and some of your poi videos are honestly the best and most inspiring I have ever seen when it comes down to flowing, grooving with the music, and looking awesome while doing it.

    Cheers!
    ~Chad