THE EDWARDIAN BALL
THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING THE
20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALL!
It has been our pleasure and privilege to provide you the yearly canvas to which you, the participant, have adorned beautifully over the past 2 decades. Together we’ve allowed our imaginations to take us to boundless heights of inclusive-community, art and spirit…creativity that transcends the event itself, inspiring our daily lives with intentions of “play”. For that we thank you!
– Mike Gaines & the Vau de Vire 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.
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!
NEW BOHEMIA NYE
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!
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.
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.
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
Cirque du Soleil
The Crystal Method
San Francisco Symphony
Paul Van Dyke
The Dresden Dolls
The Alkaline Trio
The Madd Vibe Orchestra
Lagunitas Beer Circus
New Bohemia NYE
Burning Man Festival
Oregon Eclipse Gathering
Dusk till Dawn Halloween
The Hell Tour
PERFORMERS & CREW
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Angela Mae Thompson
Eka Boo Button
BUILDERS, RIGGERS & SHOW CREW
VISUALS / SOUND / LIGHTING
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.
Once you’ve joined our mailing list, we’ll keep you in the loop on our collective adventure by way of a monthly newsletter, with occasional additional special editions, special members-only offers and promotions, and whatnot.