04.01.11 – The Walkea Fire Circus, just one of the installations which are part of Helsinki’s Season of Light event, really made an impression on me so I think it deserves another post. If you live in Helsinki or planning on visiting before January 9th, I would strongly suggest getting out to see one of their performances. They have three shows a night in the Topelia courtyard at Unioninkatu 38 at 1800, 1930 and 2100.
I think what impressed me most was the groups… how do I say it, their “down to earth” feel. Their performance reminded me of a Cirque du Soliel performance; the music, the imagination, the creativity, but the Walkea performance made me feel like I was watching something more real, albeit magical. A Cirque performance borders on the unbelievable because of the almost incredible level of skill. I think the fire circus had a more inviting and relaxed feel which really let me sink into the mood of the show. Mesmerizing describes it best because they held my attention as if I was in a spell.
Check it out if you can, I know you’ll be impressed. If you’re not in the area, click here for a google search where you’ll find additional information, more images and videos from others.
- Helsinki’s Season of Light (tbeidler.wordpress.com)
- Lions and Dragons and Clowns – Oh My! (phillyist.com)
- 14 Famous Circuses Around The World (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)