The last time I went to the circus I was four years old and remember thinking that the clowns were totally lame. Well, I'm all grown up now and on Friday I experienced Cirque Berzerk. This was not your typical circus: no unnecessarily trained animals for show, no fluffy cotton candy, and no snotty little kids running around (I love kids and will be an auntie in December, thank you very much).
Berzerk was truly a world of its own. I felt like I had been transported in time - perhaps the 20's or 30's - and the latest side-show made a pit stop in town. There were gothic-ish burlesque dancers/fire throwers/fire eaters, amazing acrobatics a la Cirque de Sole, and even a bad-ass zombie hip-hop number. The story line was extremely cohesive and unexpected for a "circus" (there's goth and zombies involved, so yes, it's about death).
Next to the big tent there was a vendor area for food, drinks, shopping, and dancing courtesy of a Vaudeville band. Everything had an edgy yet welcoming feel...everyone was happy to be there. All of this set in Los Angeles Historic State Park made it feel like we were a part of a little secret in the middle of LA and in a completely different world for a few hours.
I believe that this was their last weekend in town but there's rumors that they might extend the shows...everyone must check this out if they can.
Oh, and we found Superman's kryptonite...