Who we are.
Our underground, immersive, experimental circus collective, Cirque du Gras, combines whip-cracking contortion and fire-breathing aerials with operatic clown antics and surrealist juggling mayhem.
Composed of seasoned professionals in the circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and visual arts, Cirque Du Gras, offers an alternative to the mainstream cirque culture of today. Our raw humor and offbeat subject matter dissolve the "fourth wall," allowing audiences to discover a unique universe of whimsically disturbed characters.
Last year, during New Orleans' Mardi Gras season, we performed 8 successful shows to a packed and appreciative audience.
What we are doing.
This carnival season Cirque Du Gras will transform a retired St. Roch district firehouse into an immersive circus gala complete with live music, sideshow performance, carnival games, vendors, artists, Djs, dancing, and an explosively spectacular Cirque Du Gras show.
Why we need you.
In order to produce this unique Mardi Gras experience, we have many overhead costs to consider. Between insurance, stage building, props, make up, promotion, lighting equipment, set design, sound equipment, venue rental, as well as prizes and fees associated with this very fundraising campaign, we are looking at an overhead of more than $5,000. We're setting our Kickstarter goal below our actual production costs because Kickstarter is an all or nothing program, meaning if we don't reach our goal, you are not charged and we get nothing. Ahhh. Of course anything we make above our goal will not only help this production be the best damn circus gala Mardi Gras has ever experienced, but it will also help us sustain ourselves for years to come.
Why it's important.
Ever wonder why there aren't very many artistic, alternative, death defying circuses out there pushing the envelope? It's mostly because it's not worth it. The cost of props, studio space, the hours of rehearsal, the injuries, the aches, and the pains cannot be paid for by simple ticket sales of 5-20 dollars. That is why circus performers either sell their souls to cruise ships or large corporate sponsors, squeezing every last drop of artistic originality out of their work.
Since the dawn of civilization the jester and the shamanic clown have held a mirror up to society. Cirque du Gras celebrates originality and deals subtly with complex ideas facing New Orleans and our society as a whole. We offer an approachable medium that pokes fun at societal norms while inspiring audiences to believe in themselves and each other. We help to build a community of connection in this rapidly isolating world of social media and fingertip entertainment.
If you believe that the tangible multimedia art form of experimental circus can direct society toward deeper expression (or if you just want to see a gator woman blow a huge fire ball out of her mouth) you owe it to yourself and all the struggling artist out there to become a backer of this project.
If people like you don't support this kind of raw art, it disappears.
What you get.
We've come up with some creative incentives (besides just completely revolutionizing the world through circus art) to entice our backers. Check out our list of prizes to the right for circus lessons, singing telegrams, your name written in fire, a weekend of festivities with the circus in New Orleans and way more. Or choose not to accept a prize if you just really love supporting circus freaks.
Sharing is just as important as donating for this project. We can't do this alone we have only a few weeks to succeed or we won't receive anything. Don't delay. Share this project as much as you like in email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace (eh, maybe not that), or especially in real life with real friends and family. This is a grassroots project and your word of mouth is our only word. Thanks so very much from all of us at Cirque du Gras!
Risks and challenges
The main challenge with this project is that we are producing and rehearsing our show at the same time as running this fundraiser. We need support to produce this show but we need to produce the show before that support comes in. It's a horrible idea, we know, but we have a plan: collectively going into debt!
As circus professionals we know how to take risks. Having to eat out of a dumpster for a year or so is easier than escaping from chains under freezing cold water or fire whipping a rose out of our mouths.
It's worth the risk to be able to live our dreams making a living doing what we are compelled to do.
Hopefully it's worth a little help from a lot of you.
- (23 days)