Everyone is a Performer
All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players... - William Shakespeare
Each and everyone of us is a player, performer on the playa. Burning Man casts all of us at every moment in a heady series of unstaged productions. As one walks or bikes the streets & open playa of Black Rock City one will find at every moment of the day and night someone is shining with their talent.
As you travel through Black Rock City you might notice the absence of something that is the main focus of any other festival, a "Main Stage". At one point in our Burning Man history we did have a Main Stage, and as much fun it was to book some wonderful performances, there was always this division between audience and performer. It was finally realized that the Main Stage was in competition with everything else that was happening in Black Rock City and went against the Burning Man ethos. For large stages promote spectators, and we are all about participation. You see there is no one single focus like a stage or a theatre would have. Things are happening all over the place, all the time, 24 hours a day.
But just because there is no Main Stage, should not stop you from finding an audience on a smaller more intimate scale. Maybe you have something special in mind, a talent or a skill to contribute. You may be a juggler or a musician or a fire dancer, or perhaps a costume or theatrical designer. At Burning Man, you'll find your audience!
Your theme camp should create an ambience, a visual presence, in some way provide a communal space or provide activity. It may be the anchor for a larger event taking place. The best camps succeed by simplicity. Concepts that are too big, like scholarly attempts to debunk complex social theory or Titanic-length storytelling arcs, will die from disinterest. For more information visit Theme Camps . Please note that new and improved sound restriction will apply.
Center Camp CaféThere will not be a Main Stage in Center Camp, although there will be music, spoken-word, and other performances at the Center Camp Café. For more information, see the Café Performance page.
Fire performers are like the celestial fireflies of the playa and Black Rock City is a perfect environment to play with fire. Official Burning Man Fire Celebrations; Opening Ceremony of lighting the First Flame in the Fire Cauldron in Center Camp, with fire dancing all week long leading up toSaturday night when the Fire Conclave create the Ring of Light before the Man is released in Pyrotechnic Delight. We welcome fire performers from all over the world, for more information on how to get involved visit Fire Conclave.
Every day of the event, as the sun sets, the Lamplighters set out to light the streets of Black Rock City. They request the participation of drummers, musicians, and performers of all types to accompany their processions through the city. The walk takes about an hour, is done every evening, and is made infinitely more ceremonious and special with performers joining along, all are welcome. For more information visit The Lamplighters or email lamplighter(at)burningman(dot)com .
The Drummers Collective exists as a clearinghouse and contact point for drummers who wish to contribute their art to Burning Man by providing music for performances on the playa and at Burning Man events year round. One example is the Drum Consortium and the goals in 2004 are to distill an Ensemble of ~ 200 players for a powerful drum rhythm that will accompany the Fire Conclave as they dance before the Man is released in Pyrotechnic delight, Saturday night of Burning Man 2004. For more information visit Drummers Collectives.
You can also check out Artists Seeking Stages and Stages Seeking Acts on our ePlaya Bulletin Board. And for some extra inspiration, check out our Performance Archive to see what participants have done in years past.