The various apparatus used by Bali Fire Dancers are borrowed from a number of sources. Many are from martial arts sources such as swords, staves, and whips and some are specifically designed for fire dancers. The use of these apparatus is limited only to our imagination. Some tools lend themselves to rhythmic swinging and twirling, others to martial arts, and others to more subtle use. Listed below are the apparatus we use.
Fire Chain (Poi)
A pair of roughly arm-length chains with handles attached to one end, and a bundle of wicking material on the other end.
These are small torches with a flat base meant to be held upright in the palm of the hand.
An metal pipe ranging from 6-7 feet long with wicking material applied to both ends. Staves are used individually, in pairs, and with three or more staves. Incorporation with juggling three or more at the same time is also possible.
A lot like the Poi, the Fire Snakes have a short 3-5 inch chain attaching the handles to a 12 inch or longer rope.
Fire fans are a large metal fan with one or more wicks attached to the edges.
The fire Hula-hoop is a hoop with spokes and wicking material attached to the ends.
Fire Eating & Breathing
The performer places flaming objects in their mouth and extinguishes them by cutting off the oxygen. Fire breathing is the act of creating a fireball by breathing a fine mist of fuel over an open flame.