Born in 1997 to proud parents Mike and Shannon Gaines, Vau de Vire has its origins in the vaudeville and circus performance traditions of Normandy, France, modernized with healthy doses of wild whimsy, playful irreverence, saucy sizzle, and contemporary tools and technology.
Mike and Shannon (he directs and produces the events, and she choreographs their shows) created the Vau de Vire Society within the fertile bowels of the Rose Window Experimental Theater and Art House — a performance and party space they operated from 1997 to 2001 out of a 100-year-old church they purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mike’s background was in film, Shannon was a dancer, and the world they created for themselves was decidedly counterculture.
The Gaines adventure moved to San Francisco over 20 years ago, quickly set down firm, unique roots, and propelled Vau de Vire Society into the Pantheon of the vibrant and internationally renowned Bay Area circus scene as key leaders in its development and expression. What originated 24 years ago as a grass-roots, subculture circus movement has now blossomed into a world-renowned performance and event-services company traveling and entertaining the world with a perpetually new breed of avant circus antics and world-class production prowess.