I love the some of the postings here and miss all of you already!
Personally, I had a wonderful time dancing at both Opulent Temple and Root Society as well as other sound camps like Echelon, El Circo, Gravity Point, Green Gorilla, the Deep End and many more! Next year would be wonderful to see a camp that has the RS main and chill domes combined with Opulentâ€™s outdoor sound and lighting set up. Domes are great shelters until they can become too packed to dance hard. During Lorinâ€™s set at RS the dome was so packed one of my friends had to leave to dance outside after her nipples were getting killed by an oblivious person with a backpack.
Still one of the most visually and spiritually stunning sound camps was Sol System back in 2004. They had a large Stonehenge-like circle of towers draped in fabric and internally lit. At one side of the circle was a large pyramid covering their decks; at the opposite side just outside the circle were over a dozen 15 foot tall pyramids a line stretching out a kilometer across the play each with a strobe at the apex of each pyramid. The insane thing was each strobe was synced to the moment the beat reached it and created the appearance of sound being projected out from the glowing circle at the speed of sound.
Thursday night this year OT had an incredible belly dance performance. It began with traditional dance with the bells and chimes then transitioned into more modern styles and into fusions of breakbeats and down tempo and breath. On Friday night, the Arche Dream blacklight dance troupe gave one of the most amazing performances I have ever witnessed after eight years on the playa! If you missed them, hopefully theyâ€™ll be back next year. And of coarse, the performers at Cirque Berserk continue to inspire and amaze me!
I will agree to agree. I prefer practicing building community not competition. Sure, constructive criticism is very important. In my opinion, BRC is not a place for ridiculing the flaws of others to calm our own insecurities. It is a special place where we can be so inspired by others creativity, beauties, harmonies and chaos, our hearts begin to glow brighter, each breath is tastes better than the last, and we return the gift. It is a sanctuary where we are free of all of our parental and societal conditionings, expectations and judgments. This is the reason it is so important to not only appreciate and participate in BRC, but to selflessly gift back to others with a smile, laughter, respect, generosity, beauty, creativity, wonder, thought, bewilderment, confusion, or otherwise positively provoke or inspire. Please encourage your virgin friends to do so as well. They will get more out of it and your friendships will only grow stronger. Remember, under our masks of clothes we are all naked, have felt the soul sting of pain, bled the same color blood, and come from the same source of life. We are all very fortunate to have experienced a moment like Burning Man. Realize, you may not be back next year. Also, with peak oil on the horizon, Cheney about to start a war with Iran, our economy will not allow Burning Man as we know it to be around for a long time. Appreciate the experiences you have and the spirits you cross paths with on your journey. Share you photographs with your fellow burners as especially with the theme camps, artists and performers. Often we are too busy to document our work under ideal lighting conditions. Find the lessons and growth in your pains and setbacks; they are the most difficult but often the most important gifts. An experience missed at burning man is an experience you will never have. Donâ€™t wait for tomorrow to experience what is happening now. Drop what youâ€™re doing and chase rainbows.
Well BRC patriots. Once again, itâ€™s been a glorious journey. I would like to thank all the theme camps, artists, and BRC citizens for all their hard work, creativity, and participation in making this the best year ever, that is until the next year! All of you ROCK!!! Btw, all of you reading this should Netflix the film A Crude Awakening right now! Itâ€™s quite a reality check. And donâ€™t forget..Burning Man sucks! All the negative stuff youâ€™ve heard..itâ€™s true! But only if you prefer to focus on the negative.