Remember when I said I wanted to show things in L.A. that are cool? Â Well, I think having our own L.A. based circus troupe is just that. Â Especially since this isn’t the Barnum and Bailey you grew up seeing, the press release urges Parental Discretion is advised. Â Cirque Berzerk was born in 2005 in the Nevada Desert experience that is Burning Man and has been entertaining crowds ever since. Â Â The freaky, dark circus has played other locations but apparently Downtown Los Angeles is not willing to give it up, as the popular show has been extended for a second time, keeping it around until August 9th. Â
Cirque BerzerkÂ takes place at the Los Angeles State Park on N. Spring Street downtown, which is a fitting location for the dark and odd cirque. Â Near-ish Dodger Stadium, in a spot formerly known as ‘The Cornfield’, the Big Top Tent features a show that they themselves say isn’t exactly for kids (although according to the site, Twilight loving tween and teens can go.) Â While it features circus regulars as firebreathers and stilt walkers, it’s dark tone is a walk on the macabre side with acts titled ‘Lust’, ‘Evil’, ‘Death’ and ‘Siren’. Â What else would you expect from a show titled ‘Beneath’.
As their site says, ‘Inside our bizarro big top world is a netherworld filled with phantasmagoric visions that will grope at your senses and oddities that are bound to scorch the very tips of your soul.’
Until August 9th…