Through May 19 to 21, 2012, the International Toronto Circus Festival brought families together for a fun-filled weekend at the Harbourfront Centre. Co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus, the International Toronto Circus Festival is the only free circus festival in Canada. There are crazy clowns and stilt walkers wandering around, and other amazing circus performances. One collection of routines that stood out was the performance by Zacada’s Circus School, a group of talented acrobats, some as young as seven years old!
Zacada, from Hamilton, came to the International Circus Festival to showcase an excerpt from their year-end show, “Summer Please.” The opening act astounded many people as two young ladies did an acrobatics
routine on the dual trapeze, which is a type of swing. The ladies were very flexible, and they did flips and arches that most people can’t do without training.
In the audience, Fyon and her five year-old daughter, Carina, came for their love of the circus. The trapeze act was their favourite. “It is a very well-organized show. It’s our first time here, but we’ll come back again next year for sure!” Fyon exclaimed.
Zacada’s second act was truly a test of strength and flexibility. Relying on just their body strength, two boys named Gauss and Kaleb climbed the aerial silk (which resembles a curtain hanging from the ceiling) while
performing multiple tricks. Among the following acts, there was a skilled juggler, and a funny act with a “family of acrobats” who told the story of a beach vacation through acrobatics.
After the performance, Voice K spoke to one of the teen performers named Annachie Borsellino-Luchsinger. Annachie was introduced to Zacada’s circus school at a young age because his parents said he was a “bit too
energetic.” Since then, Annachie has been performing for four years and really enjoys it.
In this year’s performance, he took part in the beach act and a skipping act. He really likes spending time with his circus crew and learning new tricks. Annachie and his crew have been practicing for almost half a year for the show they performed at the Harbourfront Centre.
“Everyone at Zacada is very nice and the program offers lots of variety. I like how I can train according to my level so I don’t feel pressured,” Annachie says, “Zacada isn’t very big, but we have lots of fun!”
The International Toronto Circus Festival is a place for family gatherings, and to watch the wonders of a circus. However, it wasn’t easy to fit everything together. Chico, an organiser of the event, was happy to share his thoughts.
“Well, there are challenges for everything. The hardest thing was creating the show schedule. Many performers participated in multiple routines, so we had to make sure the right people were at the right places at the right time. It’s thanks to the crew that the timing works out,” says Chico. As for why people should come back next year, Chico points out that “there are new acts each year, and new activities - plus it’s all free.”
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