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Correfoc, playing with fire

 

   It is night and the lights go out. It is the signal that announces the imminent beginning. In the courtyard, crowded with people, only silhouettes are distinguishable. The atmosphere is charged, but silence reigns. Almost everyone remains motionless except a rookie trying to locate lost friends.
   Suddenly, a blinding light, followed by cries here, another there, and another... The fire has begun. The drums sound. The point of no return has arrived. People start running without course or direction. They are running away from the fire, pushing, pulling, eventually becoming attracted by that mysterious magnetism that has always existed between man and the pyric element. And at once, all the devils carrying flares mix in the crowd. They light the fuses and they begin to lash out against anything that moves. The rookies on that performance are lost among the crowds. They realize that they are alone. The firecracker´s sound mixes with loudly voices. The drums set the rhythm and the fire procession starts. The relative security offered by the open space of the square gives way to narrow alleys where devils and spectators huddle. The bravest hug and jump at the beat of the fire porters while the majority, fearful, just keep looking for a way to keep running ahead of the flames.
   The frenetic tour through the old town narrow streets connect squares, where devil troupes of fireworks dance to percussive accompaniment. At the end of the route, in a larger square, a great fire festival awaits the crowd. The different incendiary inventions mix with the viewers. Large flares jump skyward while intrepid jugglers delight the audience with a host of tricks spitting fire like authentic devils.
   Darkness returns when the last flame goes. Silence. Let's wait a whole year to enjoy again the Sant Narcis Fair´s Correfoc in Girona.

Date : 2008-2009-2011
Place : Girona, Spain.
   
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