The MossyBacks have joined other local pyrotechnic artists in performing with fire. The idea was sparked by the local event dubbed "Trolloween," hosted by the Fremont Arts Council (Fremont is a neighborhood in Seattle). Why not set our sticks on fire and dance (tried the hankies- didn't work too well). With some serious engineering we turned our sticks into torches (we are now up to revision 4.0).
We have performed for several years now, each time adapting a traditional Cotswold or Border dance to work with fire. We were excited that although many of the other "fire art" performers thought our performance was wonderful- they didn't know it was a morris dance.
Unlike our usual devil-may-care attitudes, we take great care and multiple precautions with these dances - the sticks are heavy and the fire is real. Here is a practice. Safety glasses are mandatory, the coats are sprayed with flame-retardant beforehand, fire extinguishers and torch extinguishing materials are close by...