RIP Dance Dance Immolation, 2005-2013

September 5th, 2013 admin Posted in Dance Dance Immolation 4,095 Comments »

DDI, Ultimate Edition

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


Burning Man 2013

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.

DDI, ready to be destroyed

Burning Man 2013



More Photos: [1] [2] [3]

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.

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Dance Dance Immolation in the Guinness World Records

December 29th, 2009 Ed Hunsinger Posted in Dance Dance Immolation, Interpretive Arson 8,083 Comments »

Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition

Dance Dance Immolation is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer’s Edition for the “Hottest Video Game”. You can check out our full color spread online, complete with photo (original photo by Kristen Ankiewicz) of a player getting blasted with fire.

Interpretive Arson can now proudly say that we are an international, award winning, record setting fire art group.

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Photos Of Dance Dance Immolation at Smukfest

October 21st, 2009 admin Posted in Appearances, Dance Dance Immolation, Events 2,850 Comments »

Shooting the inspector
photo of inspector getting shot by Ed Hunsinger

There was quite a bit of photos and video taken of Dance Dance Immolation while we were in Denmark for Smukfest earlier this year.
Allan, the Skanderborg Festival Photographer, got some great shots of DDI during our run in Denmark at Smukfest. I highly recommend viewing the panorama shots on a wide screen monitor:

There’s also pictures of DDI and Interpretive Arson’s Danish adventures from Ian:

As well as Ed:

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