Illuminair – Aerial Fire Fusion

Ongoing work in progress

"In the past, people who had to separate would look for a star where their gaze might meet in the evening.
At least they cannot divide the sky. The sky? This enourmous vault of hope and yearning, love and sorrow?
The sky is what divides first of all."
Christa Wolf

Illuminair - Aerial Fire Fusion is Jana Korb's longterm research between fire theater, aerial art, and dance. With different artists she creates touring and site-specific performances: searching the connection between art and nature, art in nature, nature in art.

At the moment we are working with re-iterations and repetitions of action – action divided and put together in different ways, actions leading to new forms and expressions through repetition. Fiery swirls with long ropes create patterns making the artists disappear to  re-appear in new structures.

We explore confined space in all its radicality thus creating space for movement: on minimal platforms we perform with fire, hanging on silks in between. We play with encounters and relations.


Trio - Aerial Fire Fusion
with fire theater, aerial art, stilts dance
open air on our own aerial rig
different formats

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Illuminair, Foto: Jürgen Scheer

Illuminair, Foto: Hendrik Klein

Video Trailer - Illuminair - Aerial Fire Fusion

Illuminair, Botanische Nacht Berlin, Foto: David Marschalsky

Illuminair, Botanische Nacht Berlin, Foto: David Marschalsky


Illuminair, UrNat Festival Ringkøbing, Foto: Francesco Galli

Aerial Fire Fusion

Fire arts meet aerials – creating a new genre betwenn contemporary circus and physical theater!

Silks, Aerial Hoop, Aerial DanceWe explore the connections between a spinning body on the aerial hoop and dancing stilt walkers: hanging in counterweight every step on the stilts affects the swirls of the hoop, every beat on the hoop makes the stilt walkers stagger. Back and forth, up and down, every little movement has an effect within the mesh of relationships.

We chose a visual research approach with the aerial silks. White flags, ripped sheets, specters like faded memories. Not just to dance with – just fragile objects...

Burning Branches, Fans, Ropes

Manipulation of burning objects, creating grafic patterns below a black night sky. Dynamic circles, spirals, fiery waterfalls. Installed and performed with high in the air and around the aerial rig.

Fire Eating in the Aerial Hoop, Burning Roes with Silks, Stilts

When fire and aerial art touch, a fascinating new form of performance emerges: With fire manipulation and dance "mosaique" show the different faces of the fire. They illuminate the moment meeting the swirling aerial dancer on the hoop and silks, high in the air.

mosaique Feuerkunst und Artistik

In 2008, Cie. mosaique restructured itself: Aerial artist Jana Korb joined fire artists Jennie Zimmermann and Johannes Bruhn with the idea that mosaique will develop a new production, where the power of fire is combined with the lightness of aerial arts!
Since April 2010 the Berlin based group has been performing their first aerial fire show "Vertigo" on festivals and events! At the same time they continued researching - with director Elias Cohen from Chile, director and instructor for physical theater and performer himself, who has longstanding experience at the intersection of dance, theater and physical arts, and recently with Julia Christ, German dancer, performer and new circus choreographer. Together they explore the space of their tripod - being their aerial rig, stage setting and dance floor all in one. They combine different qualities of movement from dance and theater and implant them to their circus arts:Their main focus is on preserving the lively moment of their explorations with fire and in the air.
In 2017 mosaique has restructured, and is now led by artistic director Jana Korb, co-producing their newest show "Illuminair - Aerial Fire Fusion" with Hanna and Tina Lange from LOOOOP.

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Illuminair, Foto: Jürgen Scheer


Illuminair, Botanische Nacht Berlin, Foto: Freymann & Heinrich

Aerial fire performance

Production, choreography, creation:
Jana Korb and company

Previous co-operations:
Elias Cohen (Chile)
Christiane Hommelsheim (D)
Dietmar Blume (D)
Julia Christ (D/F)
Günter Klingler (D)

Jana Korb
Hanna Lange
Tina Lange

Illuminair, Foto und Bearbeitung: Hoppe Hoppinsky

Jennie Zimmermann (until 2016)
Johannes Bruhn (until 2016)
Emilie Bajard (2013)
Silke Schirok (2014)

Hoppe Hoppinsky

Technical details

Performance in public space on free standing aerial rig, 12-45min.

Aerial rig: Free standing three legged pyramid
Height: 10m
Ground space: ca. 10m x 10m
Ground space for setup: 6m x 16m

Setup by Jana Korb and team.
The ground must be flat and even, free of equipment and obstacles. The aerial space must be free of obstacles, not closer than 2m.

Setup: ca. 3h
Take down: ca. 2h

We bring our own light. We need two separate power 16A (Type F plug / Schuko).

We bring our own player and need a mini jack plug to connect to your sound system. For smaller events (less than 100 people) we can provide our own sound system.

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