No wonder kids cannot wait to go to the Harbourfront Kids’ Toronto International Circus Festival! It’s absolutely entertaining with the Zero Gravity Circus, individual street performers, a face painting booth and much more! These activities provided kids with the opportunity to engage their critical thinking and creativity skills. The wonderful snacks gave kids like me the energy to do activities at the circus.
Even the adults were having fun! Let’s see what Ralia and Ilkka, two grandparents at the Zero Gravity Circus had to say.
“I love when the acrobats danced on two ribbons,” Ralia said. However, Ilkka seemed to like the hoops better. “My favourite is when the acrobats dangle from the hula hoops,” said Ilkka.
We also had a chance to interview Svava Stefanson, the general manager of Zero Gravity Circus. She oversees and manages everything in the circus. One of Stefanson’s main goals is to travel around the world to help others.
“My husband was a juggler in the circus. He inspired me to work at the circus,” said Stefanson. “My favorite part of the circus is when I see new skills being developed.”
Later, we had the opportunity to talk to Katherine Sanders, the artistic associate of the Harbourfront Festival.
“This festival was started by the Zero Gravity Circus 11 years ago,” said Sanders. “About six years ago, we started to work collaboratively at the Harbourfront.”
Sanders introduced us to three performers from the Zero Gravity Circus. They were Ginger, Alice and Mad Hatter. When we asked how long they have been performing:
“I have been performing for about 10 years,” said Ginger.
“I’ve been dancing since I was three and I started performing at the circus since I was 12,” said Alice.
“I’ve been performing longer than most of you have been alive!” joked the Mad Hatter. “But, this is my first year performing with the circus.”
“We are not nervous during the shows since we practice a lot, but we are nervous around young journalists!” the Mad Hatter said with a laugh. It seemed to me that they enjoy what they do a lot.
Adults and kids enjoyed all the fun at the circus! Trained performers worked hard to entertain visitors and provide opportunities to showcase many different forms of art. It’s an honour to join the fun at the Toronto International Circus Festival - it’s a wonderful and entertaining place to go!