Allie Mack Kay was live in Downtown Los Angeles to give us a preview of the Cirque Bezerk.
Following a roaring opening weekend with rave reviews from the media and a swarm of positive online buzz, Cirque Berzerk, LA's sexy, gothic circus extravaganza, is extending its downtown run through Sunday, August 9, 2009.
Cirque Berzerk, which debuted its new "Beneath" show on June 18th, presents a twisted Big Top experience. The tight-knit "family" troupe created by Kevin Bourque and Suzanne Bernel at Burning Man, now features a death-defying double trampoline act, a bone bending, sensuous acrobatic dance, operatic sopranos, Olympic gymnasts, prima ballerinas, mind-melting bungee acts and an aerial performance by co- artistic director/co-choreographer Neal Everett and dancer Tavi Stutz that is making hearts throb. All this, plus, jaw-dropping acrobatics, stunning male and female aerialists, sexy, fiery burlesque dancers, gothic stilt walkers, punk rock clowns, psychedelic vaudevillian tomfoolery, and one very voluptuous contortionist. "There is something here for every reveler!" says Bernel.
Cirque Berzerk provides an entire evening-long escape into a zany, sizzling, theatrical, underground 'surreality.' Guests are encouraged to arrive early before the show to dine (and drink with valid ID) picnic-style around the big top and enjoy interactive carnival-themed attractions. After the nightly performances, the audience is invited to party with the Cirque Berzerk circus troupe and enjoy a live performance by LA's hot and spicy, 18-piece, bawdy New Orleans-style band, Vaud & The Villains [http://www.vaudandthevillains.com] at the nightly post-show party held in "The Berzerk Lounge," a club-like atmosphere adjacent to the big top that will enable guests to continue their Cirque Berzerk experience. Entrance to The Berzerk Lounge is FREE to all ticket holders.
Although Cirque Berzerk is "adult-themed" and not intended for small children, the show is suitable for tween and teen audiences (particularly fans of Twilight, The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline). While a number of acts are sensual there is no nudity, violence, profanity or "live sex" in the show. For reference, if the show were a movie, the ratings board would most likely give Cirque Berzerk a PG-13 rating.
The Cirque Berzerk original soundtrack, composed by co-founder and ringleader Kevin Bourque, is now available on CD.
Cirque Berzerk has partnered with LA charity Chrysalis Enterprises (http://www.changelives.org
) to provide parking and janitorial services. A percentage of all merchandise sales will go to support Marriage Equality USA (http://www.marriageequality.org ). The circus is offering a 10 percent discount for those arriving by bus or rail. Just show your Metro pass or ticket for the discount.
Cirque Berzerk takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park,
1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Formerly known as "The Cornfield," the last vast open space in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the park spans 32 acres, sits adjacent to Chinatown and is easily accessible by bus, rail, car or bicycle.
Significant marketing partners have joined forces with Cirque Berzerk this year to help promote the show through various media and marketing programs. Partners to date include: 98.7 FM (Clear Channel), American Express, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro), Flaunt magazine, Yelp!, Downtown News, LA Weekly, Red Stripe, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and HornitosTM Tequila.
Online ticketing is available, with ticket prices ranging between $25 and $80. For more information please visit http://www.cirqueberzerk.com.