Chris Rovo is one of the most dedicated and experienced fire and light performers in the flow scene. Having been involved in fire arts for nearly a decade, his passion and skill has marked him as one of the most respected members in this community. When he first began down this path, he never would he have imagined his love of this hobby would become the vehicle for personal growth and the career that it has blossomed into today. Chris has a very unique relationship with the fire. He seems to take the element of danger and use that to his favor to entertain the audience by transforming the intensity of the fire and performance into laughter and joy for all. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done with fire performing.
Chris had his first paid gig in 2005. After putting on a free show to entertain the vendors and performers of a small colonial fair in upstate NY, one of the vendors, enjoying what she had seen, wanted to hire him to come perform at her 40th birthday party. The rest is history. Since that fateful day he has worked at major music festivals, collaborated with a variety of different fire troupes, spent four years living and performing in the US Virgin Islands, and has taught his peers at several fire performance retreats.
There are many memorable moments in Chris’ performance career and these are some of his favorites: In 2007 Chris attended the Burning Man festival and entered the first ever Fire Idol competition (a spoof on American Idol). He beat out 64 other fire performers competing on the flamethrower ringed stage to win the competition. He has had the pleasure of assisting Nick Woolsey, the spinner that most inspired him when he first started out, as a guest teacher at two weeks of retreats Montezuma, Costa Rica in April of 2011. While living on the island of St. John Chris performed with the Pyros of the Caribbean, a pirate themed fire troupe. He will always cherish the memories of loading all of their gear onto a boat and sailing to gigs with the troupe. The achievement Chris is most proud of is founding the Albany Spin Jam in Albany, NY. Spin Jam is a weekly free event that started with 6 people coming once a week to practice. It has now turned into a 100 person gathering where drummers, dancers, and performers come together to share and teach each other. Having brought his own passion for the fire arts to so many is truly a great accomplishment.
His fire and LED weapons of choice are Poi, Staffs, Rope Dart, Meteors, Sun Wheel and sooooo much more! Check out these videos of Chris doing a Luau/Tahitian themed fire poi set followed by an LED set at Wurstfest 2013.