Horror theatrics and cabaret are twisted together in a 17-and-up circus that combines Broadway-worthy production with high-flying acrobatics.
“This is not your traditional circus,” said Chante DeMoustes, COO/Producer at Cirque Italia, the parent company of Paranormal Cirque. “It’s an edgier concept that we came up with after having so many fans that visit our other family-friendly shows. There was a call this type of entertainment in the industry right now.”
DeMoustes said that with traditional circuses on the decline, Paranormal Cirque was adult-orientated (youth 13 and up admitted with parents due to suggestive content of the shows).
“It’s very captivating and a next level production that people would thing is on Broadway or out in Las Vegas,” she said.
DeMoustes said that the show harkens to the big-top feel, but the edgy look of Cirque.
“It’s got that creepy, horror element to people. It’s rock-ish, edgy, new age take on a modern circus,” DeMoustes said.
Paranormal Cirque shows are based on acrobatic, performing art entertainment.
“We have this amazing midget clown, Diablo,” DeMoustes said. “He’s kinda like the ringmaster. There are also surprise guests who pop up during the show.”
Aerialists acts include a suspended loop act, silk chiffon act, horizontal bars (similar to gymnast bar act) and the Wheel of Death.
“It’s packed with edge-of-your-seat type of entertainment,” DeMoustes said.
Paranormal Cirque is part of a three circus group Cirque Italia Water Circus- Silver and Gold units. The shows all tour nationally.
According to Paranormal Cirque media representative Sarah Kessler, “The show has an underlying narrative of evil and the self-destruction of humanity.”
Amid the ensemble of supernatural characters, there is a narrator ‘Original Sin’ who comes out every so often to guide the audience through, but it's more of a conceptual narrative and not an explicit one,” she explained.
Paranormal Circus admission is free to all Exit 111 ticket-holders, but Platinum ticket holders get reserved up-front seating. DeMoustes suggested those planning to attend get their admission tickets as soon the tent opens one hour before the show to ensure seating. Seating is limited per show.
“It’s going to be a high demand show. Get your tickets as soon as you get on the property,” she advised.
The shows will run the full weekend of Exit 111. Shows are at 5 and 9:30 p.m., on Friday; 2, 4:5:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The red and black Paranormal Circus tent will be located in Centeroo, across from the fountain.