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Circus Extravaganza Returns to Mardi Gras
95 backers pledged $5,056 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

You must whip it
You must whip it

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.

Fireball!
Fireball!

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.

Look how happy Guglielmo is because of you.
Look how happy Guglielmo is because of you.

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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!

Thanks
Thanks

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.

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    Pledge $11 or more About $11

    For your contribution your heart will be flooded with happinessa for supporting surreal circus art and you'll become internet famous as your name appears on cirquedugras.com's Wall of Happinessa!

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    For supporting our circus you will receive a personalized email from one of our cast members with high res photos attached along with your name on our Wall of Happinessa on our website!

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    This reward tier comes with special support from writer Matt Hawkins - so you're in good company. Pledge $25 to receive a hardcover edition of Matt's graphic novel Think Tank vol. 1, and a special San Diego Comic-Con variant cover of Aphrodite/Cyberforce #1, both signed by the writer. Neither of which are available in stores!

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    All the prizes of the the $22 reward! PLUS, one VIP ticket to the show, a Cirque Du Gras bumper sticker, a G-String Orchestra CD and a photograph print of the cast!

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    Pledge $77 or more About $77

    All that is included in the previous $55 prize along with: another VIP ticket if you plan to attend the show or a personalized video Thank You with death defying circus tricks performed for you by our cast!

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    Pledge $111 or more About $111

    For contributing to our Mardi Gras Extravaganza: you will receive two super VIP tickets to the event, a shout out on our website's Wall of Happinessa, a video Thank You from our cast, a bumper sticker, a G-String Orchestra CD, a real life signed and printed photograph of our cast, and a Cirque Du Gras signed poster.

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    Pledge $222 or more About $222

    For your generous donation to our Immersive Circus Extravaganza, backers will receive everything from our $111 prize along with an hour long lesson in any of our various skills: fire breathing, juggling, whip cracking, lasso, aerials, contortion, gun spinning, accordion, piano, singing, violin, or guitar. If you can't make it to New Orleans, we'll send you a singing telegram video of your choice from the opera-trained voice of the famous Nick Williams.

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    Pledge $555 or more About $555

    You will receive everything from our $222 prize along with a personal mention in our show's program and YOUR NAME written in fire by LadyBEAST, which you will receive in video documentation.

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    Pledge $1,111 or more About $1,111

    The prizes don't stop! You will receive ALL of the above prizes along with a Thank You party and performance in your own backyard or at your event (Louisiana only).

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    Pledge $5,555 or more About $5,555

    For your contribution to Cirque Du Gras, you will recieve all of the above prizes along with VIP tickets for life to our shows!

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    Pledge $9,999 or more About $9,999

    The Grand Prize which includes all of the above prizes along with a weekend stay for 2 at a New Orleans bed and breakfast (run by circus stars) and a Cirque du Gras speakeasy show just for you and your guests!

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Funding period

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