The Baining Fire Dance

The Baining Fire Dance takes place on special occasions on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea.  When darkness falls, superhuman figures emerge from the forest, dashing through intense flames and kicking embers high into the air as a human orchestra attempts to push them back into the realm of nature.



Cinematography by Richard Sidey

Audio recorded by Patrick Nason with a Zoom H5 Recorder and 90′ x-y microphone capsule.

Still Photos by Raul Touzon