Jan 24-25, 2020 • San Francisco

2020 is on the horizon, and with it comes a grand celebration of TWENTY YEARS of creativity, craft and elegant conviviality. The world-famous Edwardian Ball returns to the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco for a two-day, 20th Anniversary soiree!

Four events unfold over two days, filled with performances, music, dance, fine art, fashion, costumery, theatre, circus, gaming, storytelling, vending, oddities and of course, the art & stories of our patron saint Edward Gorey!

2020’s theme glistens in nobility as “The Golden Tale” – an apologue of the vast community of artists, dreamers, bards and bastion that have built the Edwardian Ball into the magnificent happening it is today. And of course, we tip a golden mane to our 2020 featured Gorey tale with “The Lost Lions.”

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

The Soiled Dove

Thank you Oakland image

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.

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!


Image from New Bohemia NYE at the San francisco Mint

A huge heartfelt thank you to all that rang in their New Year with us at New Bohemia NYE, Vau de Vire and Opel’s legendary, unique, eclectic New Year’s Eve party at San Francisco’s historic Mint!

We invite you to relive the joy and revelry with photos by the always awesome Misha Kutuzov HERE and recorded DJ sets by our dear friends Syd Gris and Capt’n Jay.

May this new decade prove bigger, better and brighter than the years before it, and may we grow together with love, joy and abundance!

Thank you for being part of our Vau de Vire Family! We look forward to playing with you soon!!!

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
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Dusk to Dawn

Join us on a lusciously macabre journey from the dark of night ’til the rosy dawn, packed with dark circus performances, an abundance of musical stylings, and a sprinkling of kink. The 2019 edition featured Lee Burridge, Sasha & much more.



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 15 years, causing jaws to drop in awe and admiration around the world. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically trained dancers, some of the nations most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists and circus sideshow acts, an array of unique fire-performers, a handful of thespians, and a barrage of the most enticing go-go 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


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

Edwardian Ball
Lagunitas Beer Circus
New Bohemia NYE
Burning Man Festival
Symbiosis Gathering
Oregon Eclipse Gathering
Dusk till Dawn Halloween
The Hell Tour


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Vau de Vire Society - Circus Talent

Anastasia Sauvage
Angela Mae Thompson
Anngela Burt
Becca Feller
Chloe Axelrod
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
Natalie Rhae
Sandia DeLavibora
Shannon Gaines
Stephanie Bailey
TT Robson
Victoria Nicholson
Prinz Xzist

Vau de Vire Society - Production Crew

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

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

Becca Feller
Janelle Slavik
Pamela Een
Shannon Gaines

Cory Couch

Cody Molica
Eric Gillet
Leori Gill
Marco Sanchez
Michael Darius

Kenny Hoff
Mark Day
Nick Kasimatis

Bryan Lovett
Dustin Edwards
William Marion

Vau de Vire Society - Founders

Mike & Shannon Gaines

Vau de Vire Society - Extended Family


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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Contact Us

(415) 294-1591


Vau de Vire
4096 Piedmont Ave. #241
Oakland, CA 94611

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