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.