Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Recalling the "Three Moons Festival" at Orton Park
When I think of last weekend's Orton Park Festival, I remember these balloons, floating gently like a dream. They balloons hovered above the Cycropia Aerial Dance venue, where the ensemble had rigged their apparatus from a large, spreading oak at the west end of the park. The artificial moons cast a serene, pearly light over the park. As the performances began, the illuminated balloons dimmed to a warm, magical glow.
We seemed to be in an enchanted forest as Cycropians emerged in their mysterious and dazzling costumes. The aerialists swooped and glided and turned gracefully in the air, defying gravity, combining elements of dance and acrobatics. I wished I were shooting video. Still photography just couldn't do justice to their fluid grace.
Eventually, the three moons brightened and once again turned the night into a magical moonscape. An unforgettable scene. I'll always think of it as the Three Moons Festival.