VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND
Friday 2/12 Saturday 2/13 Sunday 2/14
at The Bossanova
Dinner seating begins at 6:30
Show starts at 7:30
dinner tickets by reservation only
available until the day before each show
A classic tale of love beneath the big top
featuring Portland's finest acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and magicians
and a sumptuous 4-course feast from
Roasted Beets, Endive and Cucumber Salad with Preserved Lemon
Creamy Fennel Soup with Parmesan and Pancetta
Duck Sausage with Beluga Lentils, Napa Cabbage and Pomegranate Seeds
Espresso and Chocolate Semifredo with Candied Hazelnuts and Port Syrup
with a live musical score by
THE STOLEN SWEETS
at The Bossanova Ballroom and Supper Club
722 E. Burnside
Tickets and information at
The visionary family who brought you THE WHITE ALBUM CHRISTMAS and THE WONDERLAND CIRCUS return to The Bossanova Ballroom with the perfect date-night delicacy for Valentine's Day Weekend.
Your ticket gets you guaranteed table seating in our main ballroom and a four-course gourmet meal, served up alongside the delicious vocal harmonies of vintage swing sextet The Stolen Sweets.
Our show is loosely adapted from Charlie Chaplin's silent screen classic The Circus, with physical comedian Tommy Twimble portraying the hapless Tramp as he stumbles in and out of love and stardom.
For Cirque L'Amour, Wanderlust has assembled the brightest stars from our extended family of performers and technicians, including veterans of Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni, Do Jump, Clowns Without Borders, and all the greatest shows on Earth.
Tommy Twimble as The Tramp
Influenced by Jacques Lecog and the 'new vaudeville', Thomas Schroyer has of late focused his performative efforts on the character of Tommy Twimble. His signature style of physical theater combines elements of object manipulation, mime, burlesque, old world clown, and live music. Before creating Twimble, he refined his craft with Playback Theater, Monkey Thump Ensemble, Theater of the Invisible, and The Rhythmic Opera. A series of engagements at Cabaret Babylon led to this, his first starring role in a Wanderlust production, and surely not his last.
Kazum has been cleverly combining acrobalance, adagio and cheer-leading stunts to create high-flying, jaw-dropping spectacles since 2005. In that time they have collaborated with many of the most beloved groups in Portland's dynamic culture including Heroes & Villains, Trashcan Joe, Sweet Juice, and The March 4th Marching Band. This fresh-faced foursome of fearless fantastics has been seen brandishing their high energy flair at Portland's Earth Day Festival, The Oregon Country Fair, The Alberta Street Fair, Pickathon, The Bite of Oregon, Batty's Hippodrome, and everywhere else.
AWOL Dance Collective
Wowing audiences of all ages and interests, A-WOL has been known to hang from trees in parks, ceilings of any building or stage, cranes in warehouses and any other structure built to support a flying dancer. Although aerial dance is their unique specialty, this diverse group has also used floors, staircases, jungle gyms, stages, sidewalks, trampolines and the like to display gymnastics, partnering, break dancing and skilled modern technique to any variety of audience.
AWOL first crossed paths with William Batty as members of his first circus troupe, Cicuri Curajul at The Crystal Ballroom. Like so many of our family, they've left home to find their fortune and return to us in 2009 as self-made circus stars.
Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein
Straight from the Wild West, where life is cheap and courage is costly, Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein is never without a spare dollar. With his lasso from El Paso and a bullwhip that even Wyatt Earp couldn't Dodge, this buckaroo buffoon is like sand beneath the chaps of our wrathful ringmaster. Mr. Lichtenstein was recently awarded the title of Best Comedy Roper at the 2007 Will Rogers Expo of the Wild West Arts Club, Claremore, Oklahoma; and the Prix d'Or, 1st Prize at the Vevey International Festival des Artistes de la Rue in Vevey, Switzerland.
Brittany's dexterity in hand balancing is the artistic result of thirteen years of competitive gymnastics. She has been studying her new skill set for nearly three years now, and has acquired quite an appetite for performance and circus arts. Brittany is currently a member of Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theatre, and has been seen performing with the novelty ninja rock band Fist of Dishonor. She boasts the best finale on the West Coast Vaudeville Circuit, a surprise we shan't spoil for you today.
The Bellini Twins
The Bellini Twins first began to perform as physical comedians in the womb of their swinging acrobat mother, and they've been together ever since. From Dante's to Daidogei, from Leno to Las Vegas, this dynamic duo of daredevilry have never left each others side.
Russell Bruner is a man of many talents. Over the years he has choreographed dance routines, performed in diverse productions, promoted events, won a few competitions, and taught a few classes. He is accomplished in the partner dance styles of the Art Deco Era. He also likes to wear hats and knows how to tie a bow tie. These days Russ gets his kicks with acrobalance troupe Kazum, and dancing to swing era jazz music with his partner Sugar Kane as a member of Swingtime PDX, and also enjoys writing his biography in third person.
After developing her moves in karate for a few years, Paulina started dancing at age sixteen, and hasn't stopped since. Coming to AWOL with a strong interest in hip-hop and jazz, Paulina quickly found that aerial dance was her calling. She is now the resident "I'll try it" girl when it comes to new tricks, and continues to inspire those around her to be daring and sassy, just like her. Equally talented on the floor and above it, Paulina is a spitfire performer and a great addition to the company.
Born into world-renowned ethnic music family The Gypsies, based in Houston, TX; Nickolas Harbar has been in the entertainment industry from day 1. After hosting a variety of dance-based events in his hometown, he set out to the West Coast and San Francisco to develop his creative skillset. While still working on his degree for Sound engineering and vibrational healing, Mr. Harbar changed course to produce Circo Romani: A Gypsy Dinner Circus. Inspired by "Teatro Zinzanni" and combining the music of his family with the skills of prominent circus artists in San Francisco, he created an early model of the interactive dinner circuses at The Bossanova. The Circo Romani show went on to perform at The Harmony Festival, The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival, and the SF SpectraBall. Harbar combines media to create immersive atmospheres of entertainment and spectacle; from his core membership in the highly-regarded arts incubator CELLspace; to a lead metal sculptor position with Headless Point, one of the most prominent art developers of The Burning Man Festival. After following his own dream of "Wanderlust" and relocating to Portland in 2006, Mr. Creature joined forces with local circus impresario Noah Mickens. The two have gone on to develop The Wanderlust Circus as Portland's premier circus and independent entertainment company with shows ranging from City Hall to the Convention Center, to nightclubs and ballrooms across town, to the streets and beyond.
and Noah Mickens as
William Batty was the owner and proprietor of Batty's Hippodrome, a circus from Victorian London that fell on hard times and was forced to embark upon an endless journey through the United States in search of the perfect stage. Mad with strong drink and delusions of grandeur, Battys is nonetheless resolute in his mission to save his circus and spread the word of the coming Rennaissance to the benighted and inhibited masses whose liberation depends upon it.
Noah Mickens is something very similar, though younger and hopefully saner than the caricature he portrays onstage. He has produced, directed, and starred in four independent circus troupes over the past 10 years (Cicuri Curajul, The 999 Eyes of Endless Dream, Societas Insomnia, and Batty's Hippodrome); as well as sitting on the board of directors for 2Gyrlz Performative Arts; serving as booker and promoter of Someday Lounge, Rotture, Branx, The Jasmine Tree, and now the Hippodrome Circus Arts Center; performed with the butoh troupe P.A.N., experimental theater group Implied Violence, ritual performance project Soriah, and numerous others; played percussion with ensembles such as Nequaquam Vacuum and The Steve MacKay Ensemble; and MC-d productions from Drunk Puppet Night to The Bite of Oregon. His work has been the subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio shows, and government investigations. He'll take you off like a Saturday.
The Stolen Sweets formed in 2004 with the intention of reviving the songs of 1930s sister act, The Boswell Sisters. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland, guitarists Pete Krebs and David Langenes (both of whom sing) and double bass player Keith Brush, The Sweets' repertoire has expanded to include material from the 1920s -1940s. Their arrangements are still inspired by the Boswells' tight 3-part harmonies, frequent tempo changes and "knowing shrugs and raised eyebrows," as noted by the Oregonian's A&E.
Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz accompani- ment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.
The Sweets stay busy playing club gigs, private events and festivals all over the northwest and beyond. They strive to keep these vintage tunes alive, transporting a wide array of listeners to the early days of jazz.
The ways of the Circus are older than the nightclubs, older than the banks, older than the cities. These most ancient of performative traditions have always existed just slightly to the left of the Mundane World.
Now, at the first flickering of the 21st Century, our madcap clan is once again shedding its skin and remaking itself in the funhouse mirror image of The Second Great Depression.
To aid and abet this latest glorious rebirth, WANDERLUST has established itself as the premiere circus operation in The City of Roses. Helmed by Noah Mickens and Nick "The Creature" Harbar, and drawing from a roster of performers, designers and technicians from all the greatest shows on Earth.
From the twenty-foot ceilings to the vintage interior design, The Bossanova Ballroom and Supper Club is a dream location for Wanderlust. Now that the time is ripe, we're preparing an ongoing series of variet shows that will establish The Bossanova as a destination for Portland theatergoers as well as the discerning travelers who are just now discovering our beloved city.
Future show plans include "Wanderlust Presents: ALICE IN WONDERLAND", "Wanderlust Presents: CIRCUS SEANCE" (a Halloween show), and showcases for touring troupes in need of a little support.
We will not rest until the whole of the world has been entertained.
722 E Burnside
Portland, OR 97214
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|