The Drums of Fire - Auckland Arts Festival 2018

The Catalan festival tradition of correfoc, or fire-run, burns brighter than ever under Deabru Beltzak, a Basque street theatre group who for more than 20 years have turned cities into blazing infernos with their dazzling cocktail of percussion and pyro.

Masters of costume and fire play, the players behind The Drums of Fire (aka Les Tambours de Feu) are also sorcerers of a certain kind of ritualistic experience, able to hypnotise crowds of all kinds and ages with heart-racing drum rhythms and a startling physicality of performance. Fighting fire with fire, they will set alight this late-summer spectacle with scorching pyrotechnic effects and excite onlookers into a frenzy of dance with scenes that hark back to medieval rites.

A show of incredible intensity, The Drums of Fire moves through the city to its own beat. The performers will follow a route around the central city, beginning in one location and ending in another. Bring walking shoes and join them on foot for what promises to be a street parade like no other.

Please don’t bring chairs or seating, as there is no dedicated viewing area.

Locations will be revealed in February.

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Last updated: 11 June 2019