The project FENFIRE was founded 2004 by Sebastian Berger and a few other ambitious artists in Vienna / Austria. FENFIRE worked and taught throughout Europe the craft of object manipulation especially in fire arts. The association presents from the start a high value on good technique and a different approach to fire shows (2005 „Geometry of the Flames“ premiere Play Festival, Glasgow GB, 2011 the award winning show „Alps on Fire“ premiere Artisti di Strada, Ancona CH).

Today FENFIRE consists of two core members, Christiane Hapt and Sebastian Berger. They work in the experimental trans-disciplinary field of juggling and object manipulation. Sebastian developed most of the common repertoire of his mastery (fishtails). Together they are specialised in exploring partner fishtail. Consisting both, product designers and circus artists, FENFIRE tries to unite sculptural and dramatic arts in some of their productions in order to show their audience the verve of object manipulation.

FENFIRE works worldwide in the fields of corporate productions, theatre and street theatre, festivals, varieties, traditional and contemporary circus, they are also a board member of the Austrian Federal Association for Circus Pedagogy.

FENFIRE performed in 39 countries and 4 continents.

www.FENFIRE.at / www.objektmanipulation.at





– all levels

– 1/2 staffs

The workshop contains:


Learning with each hand simultaneously the various balance points to manipulate the staff. You start fresh with Fishtails? -Right on. You have Fishtail experience but have trouble with dual fishtails, forward/backward fishtail, consistency in dynamics….this package of fundamentals will bring answers.

Fishtails are not only a move, it´s a universe of dynamic balances. Together we explore these different kind of balances to make our fishtail alive / stronger.

We will also use Fishtail pivot map as a guide to learn about the transitional points and their various methods. You will learn to connect to be precise within fishtails, get more stable in pirouettes, …. You will for sure learn new aspects of patterns you know, as well as heaps of completely new material.


– requirement: 1 hand stable fishtail on each hand (no matter if forward or backward)

– 2 staffs

The workshop contains:

How to go from singe fishtail to double fishtail? What preparation can be made?

Doing first steps into double fishtail patterns, as well as exploring the options for development.

Bonus Level: Apply the knowledge on double fishtails. How are 2 fishtails connected on the map trough the rhythm of pivots?  (half theoretical half practical approach, depending on skill level present)


One family of fishtail tricks that is rapidly expanding is the vertical fishtail balances. In this workshop we will work on basic control in the vertical balances, as well as covering the main positions and their manipulations paths. And don´t you worry, there are plenty of good challenges in there.

Bonus level: in the „Fishtail Think Tank“ in Budapest 2016 we discovered dozens of combined patterns,….we will for sure run out of time to approach them all. This is on the cutting edge of the vertical branch of fishtails.


– requirement: 1 hand stable fishtail (no matter if left or right, forward or backward)

– the more patterns the better

– 1/2 staffs

The workshop contains:

Learn to stabilise your own fishtail, and learn to see and understand the fishtail of your partner. Together we have to find a rhythm to share and play on. Next to learn more about tiny variations within fishtail patterns, it will enable us to do partner fishtail.

Stealing and providing the staff as well as throwing and catching will be the major parts of the workshop. Lets swim together!


– all props

– all levels

This workshop is about one way to train stable, repeatable technique. We all have been in the situation that a trick that we thought we „CAN DO“ doesn´t work right that moment. Quite frustrating.

We will work on a simple idea how to structure one part of your training, to ensure you are capable to deliver a trick when required.

In other words, how to challenge yourself to train the same elements over and over again, without loosing interest.

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