Circle Carnival: aerial acrobatics, sword swallowing and fire
Summer is on its way out and that means festival season is disappearing along with it. While many in the Calgary area can take to travelling quite far to make it out to their event of choice, you don’t always have to leave the city for the full festival experience.
Taken place in Shaw Millenium Park on Sept. 13 and 14, Circle Carnival is typically one of the last outdoor music events that Calgarians will take part in. The event features two stages, food trucks, rogue circus performers and shows by Western Canada based performance troupes Bass Caravan and Circus Acts Insomniacs
Photos by Cassandra Woods
Published on September 27, 2019.
A performer from Bass Caravan, a “traveling band of warriors, goddesses, jesters and acrobats,” does a solo routine on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Circle Carnival, located in Shaw Millenium Park.
Bass Caravan performers fearlessly integrated fire, amongst many other anxiety inducing elements during their Saturday night performance at Circle Carnival.
Despite its unbelievable nature, sword-swallowing isn’t actually an illusion, and requires both physical and psychological preparation before each show.
Suspended in the air above the Big Top stage, a duo performs a complex routine requiring perfect balance and synchronicity.
Aerial acrobatics, or aerial silks, is an increasingly popular type of performance art that is incorporated into many circus themed performances, dance studios and even fitness classes.
The show by Bass Caravan went out in a haze of purple smoke from the stage and roaring applause from the audience.
Dancers from Circus Acts Insomniacs performing during the Friday night show at Shaw Millenium Park.
A performer effortlessly comes to a full spilt during her aerial acrobatic routine.
This wasn't the first or last time the stage was lit up with bright light and a hazy cloud of smoke during the Friday night.
The performers of Circus Acts Insomniacs took a well-deserved bow at the end of the show.