Image: Philippe Lejeanvre
These days, the event brings together both fire performers and spectators from around the world. It has become a well-known, if still somewhat fringe, gathering. And it’s not difficult to understand why. “The normally dazzling Eiffel Tower seemed dim when its foreground was lit with continuous spontaneous bursts of flame,” spectator Meredith Mullins recalls. “And the artistry, passion, and crazy look in the eyes of each soul on fire – took over the stage.” Andrey Das, an organizer who also performs as a member of the Burn Crew Concept (a dance troupe), calls it an “orgy of fire”.