It was cold outside tonight, but Churchill Square was still full of people for Winter Light’s Illuminations. This year the event featured Yukigassen, a Japanese snow battle sport, roving performers, the Illuminations Choir, and the Edmonton premiere of Circus Orange, a Toronto-based pyrotechnic circus troupe. They performed TRICYCLE, “a dramatic fusion of live music, clown, circus, dance, aerial performance, mechanics, pyrotechnics and fire arts.” It was amazing.
Perfect night for a stroll in Churchill Square!
I love the way City Hall looks at night, all lit up.
The tricycle in front of the Art Gallery of Alberta.
She got everyone’s attention then led the crowd to the tricycle.
The large crowd followed the tricycle throughout the square. It was great!
The fire looked awfully close to the trees! You can see a video of it here.
A few kids were scared of these guys!
Don’t you love seeing the square full of people?
They took the front wheel of the tricycle off and put the acrobat inside!
You can see the rest of my photos here.
Tonight’s event did a lot of things right, in my opinion. They finally spent some of the large Winter Light budget – I can’t imagine that Circus Orange was cheap! It was a fantastic show that looked expensive, with lots of lights, fire, props, and a crane. It was worth it. Another thing I loved was that they used the entire square. The tricycle started at the Art Gallery and the large crowd followed it to Three Bananas and back through the square toward City Hall, with different stops along the way. The storytelling aspect was great too, with the scary stilt guys and the clown who never spoke in English. Lots of fun for everyone!
The temperature doesn’t matter. You know what people do when it’s cold? They dance to keep warm. It adds to the experience! And tonight, the people who stayed until the end were rewarded, with a big finale that even featured fireworks. For a few minutes, I forgot that I was cold!
Kudos to Winter Light for a great event. Let’s have more of this please!