It is with great sadness/happiness that I write to inform you of the death of Dance Dance immolation
Dance Dance Immolation was a much-loved cornerstone of the fire art community. It was commonly referred to as “Dance Dance Revolution, with flamethrowers pointed at you” and it truly lived up to that description. DDI started in 2005 with Ian Baker, Morley John, Matt Blackwell, and Jonathan Stray. It quickly added more and more people. Over the next few years it created a large family. It spawned the Interpretive Arson group, which grew up into what is now known as Ardent Heavy Industries. It created new relationships, killed a few, singed some body hair, and delighted thousands of people. It also tormented us with horrible J-Pop that we secretly loved.
Dance Dance Immolation had a good run, with 12 runs over its 8 year life span:
* Burning Man 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
* Fire Arts Festival 2005, 2006, 2007
* NIMBY Circus in 2005
* Our only private event in 2006
* The DDI Media Circus in 2007, an attempt to get some good videos and photos of the piece
* How To Destroy the Universe in 2007
* Denmark’s Smukfest in 2009
Dance Dance Immolation held its final run this year at Burning Man 2013 as part of the Charcade. After the final players stepped off the pads on Friday evening, a horde of people intent on dismembering DDI descended upon it. Some say it was tricksy Thunderdome that put the pick-axe through the screen, others reported flame-backed flight suits pulling down towers in the middle of the night. Regardless, the next morning DDI was found in pieces and in pain. In a moment of mercy, we piled the remains together, lifted a piano painted like a shark 40 feet above, and allowed it to drop on DDI. Since DDI had checked the Donor box, dozens of fire artists, fans, and crew rushed in afterwards to take souvenirs, plumbing, and proximity suits. It is our hope that the pieces that once were DDI will go on to help other fire art pieces to exist.
Dance Dance Immolation is survived by 2pir, Syzygryd, and the latest addition, the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform. In lieu of donations, we kindly request you work on your own fire art piece in remembrance.