Image: Philippe Lejeanvre
Great balls of fire in front of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
A crowd mills about in a darkened courtyard to a background beat of drum and bass, reggae, and electronica. It’s January in Paris, it’s chilly, and people are wrapped up to keep warm – with a few notable exceptions.
There are flashes of light in the dark, twirling and exploding outwards in huge fireballs. And this is just what the thousand or so spectators have come to see.
Every Saturday night, a gathering of awesome fire jugglers, fire-eaters, fire breathers and dancers show off their spectacular – and potentially dangerous – skills at the Palais de Tokyo. And if this weren’t enough, there’s an even larger gathering once a year known as the ‘Fire Eaters’ Birthday Party’.