SAVE THE CIRCUS BENEFITS!

Thank you for tuning in to our Epic Virtual Art Parties and Benefits, Mayday and Voilà!

Our sincere gratitude for supporting our artists and the arts! We realize there is a lot going on in the world right now, and we thank you for playing with us. We are grateful for your inspiration as a driving force for community, creativity and strength. We hope to gather with you in the flesh again soon!

Both our virtual benefits included 15+ thematic environments showcasing 60+ performers/artists including a who’s-who of global Circus phenoms, subversive Sideshow, Live Musical acts, side-splitting Comedy, Interactive Gameshows, live-painting Galleries, bootylicious Burlesque, DJ Dance Parties and the most talented vixens and studs on Earth.

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WHO WE ARE

Spawned from the depths of the Bay Area’s thriving dance and circus subcultures, Vau de Vire Society has ravaged and titillated live entertainment for 18 years, causing jaws to drop in awe and admiration around the world. This avant-cabaret community consists of some of the nations most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists and contortionists, an array of unique circus sideshow and fire-performers, a handful of thespians, and a barrage of the most enticing classically-trained dancers. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in creating original stage shows and festival productions spanning social barriers.

Attending a Vau de Vire Society event is akin to stepping into an interactive circus where all layers of pretension are discarded at the door. The common two-dimensional wall between audience and performer is shattered by VdV artists emerging within the crowd, performing thematic roaming vignettes. The audience and performer become a single force, creating an art-filled environment providing all in attendance a safe haven to indulge fantasies of running away with the circus…if even for the night. No matter the genre they infiltrate with their unique brand of circus theatrics, the Vau de Vire Society creates a live choreographed explosion of all that is beautifully talented.

Vau de Vire Society offers a variety of entertainment scenarios, including:

  • Customized/thematic ensemble stage shows with accompanying live orchestra
  • Cutting edge nightclub entertainment unsurpassed in quality
  • Atmospheric circus specialty acts, living-art installations, or a series of circus solos w/ accompanying dance choreography
  • Curation and production of large-scale festival environments and entertainment

COLLABORATIONS

ARTISTS
Cirque du Soleil
Tiesto
James Brown
50 Cent
Wyclef Jean
Velvet Revolver
The Cure
The Crystal Method
San Francisco Symphony
Paul Oakenfold
Moby
Paul Van Dyke
The Dresden Dolls
Peaches
The Alkaline Trio
Fishbone
The Madd Vibe Orchestra

THE EDWARDIAN BALL

ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE AND GOREY

Nigh impossible to describe, but absolutely delightful to experience. The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey.

Set in a re-imagined “Edwardian Era,” this multi-city, multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past TWENTY years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

The Vau de Vire Society has co-produced the Ball for the past 15 years alongside Paradox Media and the founders, Rosin Coven.

EVENT WEBSITE
The Edwardian Ball - 20th Anniversary Celebration - January 24-25, 2019 - Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

PERFORMERS & CREW

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Vau de Vire Society - Circus Talent

PERFORMERS
Anastasia Sauvage
Angela Mae Thompson
Anngela Burt
Becca Feller
Chloe Axelrod
Chrissy
Dutch
Dwoira Galilea
Eka Boo Button
Elliot Gittelson
Elena Sanders
Gemiah Kurzfeld
Ismael Acosta
Jacob Doyle
Jain Dowe
Jamie DeWolf
Jasper Patterson
JoBeth Locklear
Juliano Wade
Kelsy Hiyakumoto
Kirsten Gerding
Kitty Oaks
Leah Marie
Maggie Powers
MeeZee
Natalie Rhae
Sandia DeLavibora
Shannon Gaines
Stefania
Stephanie Bailey
TT Robson
Victoria Nicholson
Prinz Xzist

Vau de Vire Society - Production Crew

PRODUCTION CREW
Jenjen Wong
Jessica Adams
Matthew James
Mike Gaines
Shannon Gaines
Ty Bourne

BUILDERS, RIGGERS & SHOW CREW
Conan Mattisson
Dave Clay
Dave Jones
Denny Pallenberg
Eddie Ochoa
Isaac Blackwood
Jacob Doyle
Janelle Slavik
Janella Slaga
Jenjen Wong
Lichen White
Matthew James
Michael Greco
Mike Gaines
Nathan Krieger
Nick Brently
Tracee
TreeJ

COSTUMING
Becca Feller
Janelle Slavik
Pamela Een
Shannon Gaines

BODY MAKEUP
Cory Couch

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
Cody Molica
Eric Gillet
Leori Gill
Marco Sanchez
Michael Darius

VIDEOGRAPHERS
Kenny Hoff
Mark Day
Nick Kasimatis

VISUALS / SOUND / LIGHTING
Bryan Lovett
Dustin Edwards
William Marion

Vau de Vire Society - Founders

Mike & Shannon Gaines

Vau de Vire Society - Extended Family

The Soiled Dove

From The Vau de Vire Society, co-creators of the world renowned Edwardian Ball, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Phantasm Halloween, New Bohemia NYE and a decade of The Bay Area’s most creatively outrageous nightlife events, comes an immersive, circus-infused, scandalous and historic dinner-theater experience that will titillate your every sense. The Soiled Dove is a one-of-a-kind touring show that takes place under Vau de Vire’s massive 12,000 sq. ft. circus tent, the Tortona Big Top!

To enter The Soiled Dove, is to step back into another world, inspired by the Bay Area’s notorious Gold Rush & Barbary Coast era. A fully built-out 19th century outpost of decadence and delights, a replica of a 19th century Oakland saloon and dancehall, replete with all its characters and misfits. An evening filled, with decadent culinary creations served alongside world-renowned performances accompanied by a 10 piece live orchestra with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening.

In 2019, The Soiled Dove graced Downtown Oakland with shows every Friday and Saturday evening…under Vau de Vire’s massive 12,000 sq. ft. circus tent, the Tortona Big Top! Thank you to all who helped make it a circus! Stay tuned for details on our next season!

EVENT WEBSITE
The Soiled Dove under the Tortona Big Top

NEW BOHEMIA NYE

New Bohemia NYE is an adventure co-created by the Vau de Vire Society & Opel Productions to bring SF’s favorite mix of music and avant-garde performance. Within the landscape of the San Francisco Mint, there are specially curated environments and vignettes, where you can find poets and performers, aerialists and DJ’s, burlesque dancers and live painters, acrobats and absinthe hawkers; galleries full of art and visual treats, crimson busts and decadent costumes; experiential, playful and interactive opportunities, and surprises; all to be found in the different corners, courtyards, chambers and titillating dark corners and pathways of this unique venue.

EVENT WEBSITE
Stephanie Bailey of the Vau de Vire Society performs on a lyra at New Bohemia NYE 2020

Lagunitas Beer Circus

A jubilant, international touring event, Lagunitas Beer Circus features 100s of performers performing acts you can’t un-see, with Vau de Vire as resident performance host, entertainment curator, and co-producer.

Vau de Vire Society - Events - Lagunitas Beer Circus

Dusk to Dawn

Dusk to Dawn is a Halloween venture brought to you by Opel Productions, The Midway & The Vau de Vire Society, the producers of Phantasm : Halloween at the Armory, one of the most raved about, diverse, eclectic, premiere Halloween parties in SF’s illustrious history. Now we’re joined by Deep Blue to round it out!

TORTONA BIG TOP

Home to The Soiled Dove, other Vau de Vire adventures, and a wide range of other events, Vau de Vire’s Tortona big top is 12,000 square feet of spectacular, complete with state-of-the-art lighting, projection, and sound — capable of making up to 1,000 people very Very giddy.

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4096 Piedmont Ave. #241
Oakland, CA 94611

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Image shot by Don Dixon of performers from the Vau de Vire Society during The Soiled Dove dinner theater show