“Take a Tim Burton film. Now make it darker (if possible) and sexier (yes, please)…in a stroke of maniacal genius… bringing steampunk fantasy to life” – The Village Voice
“A late-night extravaganza…where the big top and cabaret collide” – The New York Post.
“Grown-ups can mingle with fire-breathers and live out their big top fantasies ” – TimeOut NY
“…circus meets dark cabaret with a steampunk twist” – Maro Hagopian, The Village Voice
More about the event:
The Lost Circus was an official New York fundraiser for the Burning Man Temple.
Discover a circus long lost, with music from times gone by or times that never were: Sxip Shirey (impossible music on improbable instruments), Franz Nicolay (the mustachio’d accordion man of World Inferno Friendship Society and The Hold Steady), Kim Boekbinder (songstress of murderous waltzes to epic pop ballads via voice, guitar, looping pedal and a bag full of mystery), Stav Meishar (ukelele meets Shakespeare). Yula and the eXtended family play two dance sets of unbridled punk klezmer. Special guest Shayfer James. DJ Joro Boro bridges the dust of Burning Man with the sounds of a rogue Slavic circus, and The Bass of Disorient takes you deeper into the playa for late-night dancing.
The circus unfolds to live bands and in between, in a 19th century church with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and wraparound balcony. Expect art installations, curious sounds, unexpected diversions, and a grander-than-usual touch of magic. High-flying aerial acts, fire and stilts by Stoya, Sandhi Ferreira, Dana Abrassart, Maxine Nienow, Erinina Ness, Lisa Natoli, Mandy Hackman, and Lisa Jamhoury. Circus sideshow by Honor Amongst Thieves. Object awakening by Marina Tsaplina. Seeing Inside: puppet-theater-inside-a-dress, by Emily Davis and Jess Hooks. Balloon animals by Fire Pixie and Looner. Ferocious beasts by Kate Brehm.
Silent auction of beautiful art prints, handmade costuming, yoga and aerial classes, playa perks and more, with donations by Arouse Coffee, RA Friedman, Molly Crabapple, Kiwanis Bikes and more. Live screen printing by The Bushwick Print Lab. Fanciful body art by Painteresse Elysabeth. Silent film fragments by Jim Batt. Twin-screen visuals by Sebastian Patane Masuelli & VJ La Loba. Vintage portrait photo studio by Steven Rosen. Poker games by Poker Ace. Absinthe tasting and history by Tea and Absinthe, and The House of St Eve drinks at the bar.
More Art: Photo-op custom art installation by Molly Crabapple. Copper creatures by Jude Ferencz. On-the-spot ink portraits by Barnaby Ruhe. Live sketching by Yao Xiao. The Anywhere Organ by Matthew Borgatti: a mobile, open source, midi controlled pipe organ. Special preview of the Tree of Heaven by Jesse & Kat Green: NYC’s contribution to the Circle of Regional Effigies at this year’s Burning Man – a 24-sculpture circle and largest coordinated burn in the event’s history.