The idea of what a circus should be has changed, a lot! Thanks to organizations such as Cirque Du Soleil and Burning Man, circus arts are making a very cool, very hip, and very grand resurgence into mainstream consciousness. Today’s modern circus model eschews the use of animals and focuses more on the great feats that the human body can dish out. From contortionists to aerials, fire dancing to burlesque, LED light dancing to clown comedy, all wrapped up in chains, ropes & silks, tattoos & piercings, and a lot of sexual innuendo & bravado.
May 29th, 2021 was ground zero for the first installment of magic for PoisnIvy in its new space. With an amazing assortment of talented folks culled from the vibrant Bay Area circus arts scene. Along with Gregory and co-producers Viva La Glam and Natalie Nelson, PoisnIvy pulled out all the stops and created a visually stunning night of entertainment. The show sold-out and the lucky crowd bore witness to such acts as physical comedian Snatch Adams, a hilariously talented gag-master, who loves to envelop herself inside a large balloon; aerialists Megan Gallagher contorting in a metal cube, Jo Kan elegantly flying on a hoop, and the massively amazing and dynamic aerialist Drago wrapping herself up in chains while suspending herself via a leather strap in her mouth. Slim Chance and Nathan Holguin were caught clowning around more than once while burlesque feather dancers got juicy amid the darkening skies.
Even though the night went off without hitch, events like this take months of prep. Between the performers honing their acts to the wonderful crew that gave their time to build the stage, organize music, create the ambient lighting, support the performers during the show, as well as all the huge tasks of set up and break down, it definitely takes a large family to put on a circus.
To randomly quote Princess Stephanie Of Monaco, “A circus is what real life should be like. It's sincerity, feeling, emotions. All real. There are no lies in a circus. There are artists working together to give a smile. It's a world where people help one another.”