The ways of the Circus are older than the nightclubs, older than the banks, older than the cities. These most ancient of performative traditions have always existed just slightly to the left of the Mundane World. Now, at the first flickering of the 21st Century, our piebald clan is once again shedding its skin and remaking itself in the funhouse mirror image of The Second Great Depression.
To aid and abet this latest glorious rebirth, Wanderlust has established itself as the premiere circus operation in The City of Roses, helmed by Noah Mickens and Nick "The Creature" Harbar, and drawing from a roster of performers, designers and technicians from all the greatest shows on Earth. Acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, stilt dancers, trick ropers, jugglers and jazz-bos, crooners and clowns - these arts are our chosen creed, our map through the wilderness.
Ours is a story of an immortal carnie family blessed and cursed to live forever on the endless road that runs between all ports of call, past every sight and across every barrier. The logic of dreams pervades the spaces between the action onstage and the lives of the characters backstage, and from those artifices to the True World of performer and audience.
2011 marks the further refinement of our fabulist fairytale revue into a pair of new forms, like two faces on a tumbling coin. In both cases our new-broke trail leads Wanderlust Circus to a more complete synthesis with music - one embracing the breakneck madcappery of the 1920s novelty bands, one laying its root deep in the ecstatic ghetto of the Dubstep Massive.
THE WANDERLUST CIRCUS ORCHESTRA crashes and reels like a calliope freight train off the rails, weaving miraculous feats of skill through the extravagant orchestral warp of our prodigious band. Tap-dancing sax king Shoehorn is featured alongside frenetic frontman William Batty, sweating and sighing through standards and originals in the Spike Jones fashion while the finest circus and vaudeville acts in the Pacific Wheel Circuit show off their explosive best. Bring grandma and the kids - all are welcome at the font of joyous panic.
THE WANDERLUST MEGACIRCUS was born to blow your party up. Take all the people who make a circus - the acrobats, the dancers, the clowns, the freaks - and turn them loose on on a thousand crazy heads. Bubbles, balloons, bouncy balls, and bass; glitter guns and money cannons; dwarf volleyball; the eight-foot happy face; and an onboard DUBSTEP DJ MIX formulated by our own Nick The Creature. Never stop the party so the circus can play - get with MEGABOUNCE and the whole Wanderlust Party Squad gets with you.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, beloved Cousins of the Spirit. Wanderlust will persist in presenting countless shows of all sizes and styles, in any room we may squeeze ourselves into, for any audience with eyes to see. We will not rest until the whole of the world has been entertained.
For five kaleidoscopic years we have plied our merry trade in Portland Oregon: The White Album Christmas, with The Nowhere Band; the Valentine's day dinner show Cirque L'Amour with The Stolen Sweets; The Wonderland Circus, based on the works of Lewis Carroll and featuring a live score by The Trashcan Joe Orchestra; and the semi-autobiographical Endless Road Trilogy with March Fourth, 3 Leg Torso, and Vagabond Opera. We've turned up in numerous noteworthy locales: the inaugural party for Mayor Sam Adams at City Hall, The Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles, Oakland's Sand By The Ton, Oregon Country Fair, The Rose Festival, and spotlights throughout the West. At home and abroad we've shared the stage with Primus, The Jim Rose Circus, Yard Dogs Road Show, Circus Contraption, Skinny Puppy, Vau De Vire Society, Abney Park, and DJ Assault; directed and co-produced Eric Stern's new circus opera Queen of Knives; and performed specially choreographed circus epics on and around the 60-foot steel fire sculptures of The Big Art Experience at American Steel Studios.
In 2009, a young acrobat named Alexander Dial left our Portland show to return to his home in San Diego, and there established his own circus production company called Otherwise Entertainment. After a year spent establishing his new troupe, Mr Dial has taken on the name of Wanderlust Circus for both his existing projects in San Diego (such as the hit show Clockwork Cabaret and the monthly Bad Medicine revue) and for our work going forward.
From now on, Wanderlust Circus has two homes, with two distinct yet intertwined branches of our proud circus family. We will thus be easily available for hire from Southern California to the Great Northwest, and all points in between. As for our self-produced shows, these will be shared between both cities - each local troupe traveling and combining our talents so our shared repertoire can be seen by fans all along the I-5 corridor. We're already in touch with like-minded circus producers in San Francisco and Seattle about building upon the two-city model of Wanderlust Circus; reviving the old-time tradition of the Vaudeville Circuit to support touring up and down the West Coast for circus, variety, cabaret, burlesque, and Bohemians of every stripe.
We will continue.