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Hundreds of people blanketed the hill by Sunset Beach last week to watch the Sakura Illumination. They held up cameras, smartphones and small children.
Lanterns hung from the trees and glowed through the pink cherry blossoms as the orange skies behind faded. Chatter and laughter grew as the music started.
LED and patterned video lights zigzagged off the trees and the bodies of two performers.
“It’s light-based art,” Ward said. “The modern world is so technology-driven. This art engages people with the technology.”
He said the lanterns changed colour based on the illumination being played. Everything was synchronized and connected, including the people.
A toddler in a green jacket bobbed at the edge of the circle, creeping closer and closer. He and his sibling chased the light for a bit before they were pulled back.
Black and white outfits play peekaboo
The performers Brittany Arsenault and Cortney Sylvester danced with a light-up hula hoops and pois. The type of poi used for this event is a glow poi where the light source was on the end of a cord.
Their costumes were white on the front and black on the back. Arsenault said: “It’s for the visual projections. On the white side, they shows up. The black side hides [the performer].”
Brett Anderson, a web developer from Winnipeg, was walking down the beach with some friends and saw the trees lit up.
When asked what he thought about the technology-driven art performance, he said: “It’s almost in my field with technology and visualization. I think it’s amazing.”
To the excitement of the crowd, Arsenault and Sylvester gave an encore dance.