Nadia Hagen says she was born a freak.

“It’s not like a profession even. It’s who you are,” says the founder of Flam Chen as she sits on a couch in the organization’s rehearsal warehouse. Her dog, Tannakin Skinker, lies beside her listening attentively and waiting for a belly rub. After years of performances at the All Souls’ Procession, the eccentric circus and fire theater group Flam Chen finally has a home at the new Mercado San Agustin Annex Festival Grounds.

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