In the Heart of the Fire | UNC Campus: Forest Theatre | Stage | Indy Week

In the Heart of the Fire 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 23
Price: $8-$15

Anyone who's ever been to camp knows that fire and stories are intertwined. Anthropologists say that spooky tales—and ancient folkways and traditions—have been conveyed by firelight for millennia. This year, Paperhand Puppet Intervention cofounders Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman have been pondering some unconsidered similarities in both. Like fire, stories can illuminate and warm us. When not critically viewed, both are also capable of great destruction. In Paperhand's nineteenth annual pageant, a cadre of designers, artisans, performers, and musicians take five different looks at the dualities of fire and stories. Fantastical puppet creatures, from a multistory firebird to little baby sparks, populate choreographer Tommy Noonan's midshow fire pageant. Cantastoria, an Italian form of storytelling, turns the tale of a good fire into "a giant graphic novel with singing," Zimmerman says. And a group of tricksters who graced the world with stolen myths and flame ponder the dichotomy and legacy of their greatest gifts. —Byron Woods

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