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Circus Contraption is proud to present the strangest circus acts in the world. Exotic animals and pathetic jugglers, lovely acrobats and fanciful freaks all share the stage.

Circus Contraption juxtaposes the dangerous with the whimsical, the exotic with the absurd.

 
An outline

Most of our acts cross categories (italics indicate such a jump), but the following organization may give a flavor of our acts:

   
 

Note that not all acts will appear in all editions of a particular show, and this is simply a sampling of our theatrical offerings.

 
Strange dances, freak oddities
 
    Baby aardvark ballerinas

The mascots of Circus Contraption, these adorable aardvarks have been known to execute flawless turns on point one day and fall off their barrels the next.

All of the animals that perform with Circus Contraption are members of Animal Equity. See our animal personnel policy for more information.

Photo by Miguel Edwards


Seen in: A Surreal Circus and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Stick dance

This folkdance from an unknown country is a dramatic enactment of a tragic civil dispute revolving around the faggots of the title. Sincere and preposterous.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Shadow dance

Our troupe walks a "tightrope" behind a screen, casting shapes in light. As they traverse the wire, human-scale shadow puppets display a balance of images: ordinary and eerie, beautiful and deformed, romantic and foul.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Beetle tamer

Our singing ringmaster, Armitage Shanks, tells tales of the exotic Amazonian dung beetle -- a ferocious and sexy creature that rolls large balls of dung, cowers beneath a fly swatter, and jumps through hoops (if and only if she's in the mood).

NEW! In addition to exhibiting this exotic specimen, our whip-crackin' new insect tamer Darty Kangoo puts a trained worm and praying mantis through their paces. A three-ring extravaganza of animal oddities! (Activists: see our progressive animal personnel policy.)


Seen in: A Surreal Circus and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Tea for Two

Little girls do have naughty thoughts and nasty treats -- just ask our aardvark doll, who often attends her twisted girlfriend's tea parties. Liver anyone? One lump or two?


Seen in: ...all fall down and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret

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Egg dance

Large glowing yellow eggs illuminate masked blue figures, who move mysteriously with their fertile treasures.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Circus feats and twisted manipulations
Kohlrabi Brothers

The Kohlrabi Brothers worked for years to perfect a highly technical juggling act requiring acute mechanical precision. Unfortunately, the Kohlrabis were injured in an industrial accident at a meat-packing plant in Karachi, Pakistan.

Their assembly-line precision thus marred, the trio abandoned their aspirations to join the Chinese State Circus and immigrated to the U.S. Their industry connections led them to Ronald McDonald, who featured them briefly in an aborted playland sideshow project.

Circus Contraption founder Lara Paxton spotted Ishmael and Poldarc K. flipping burgers with unusual dexterity at a McDonald's in Tacoma*, and thus the three Brothers -- who also happen to be cousins -- were delivered into the spotlight.

 
*Dislosure: McDonald's Corporation and the city of Tacoma have both bought into the Circus Contraption product placement program. For information on the benefits for your business of a prestigious mention in Contraption fabrications, contact us.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Only the weak shall fall

The ominous ropes dangle from the high ceiling of the school gymnasium. Only a few tough show-offs dare the climb and succeed.


Seen in: ...all fall down

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Necrobalancing

Unrequited childhood love explores the rigors of mortis. Our body-balancing artists illustrate this tale of acromancing.


Seen in: ...all fall down and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret

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Wake

Satiate your aerial appetite with Darty Kangoo's heavenly maneuvers on the high static trapeze. Darty's daringly graceful plummets take your breath away while your eager eyes feast on her aerial manipulations.


Seen in: ...all fall down

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Nightfall/glow-ball

Venture forth into the dark unknown seeking mystery and treasure! Our boy pirates create hypnotic swirls of light with bright glow-balls as darkness descends.


Seen in: ...all fall down and A Surreal Circus in slightly varied incarnations.

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Nightfall's revenge

How big is the monster beneath the bed, behind the closet door, beyond the protective covers? How does it shrink? How does it grow? Only a child would know.

This premise sets the stage for the sort of club-juggling routine that nightmares are made of.


Seen in: ...all fall down

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Flitting fairies

A trio of fairies flit upon the trapeze in a world of strange light laced with magnificent visions of sugarcubes.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Ta-Da Dada

Pontificating poetry, our protruding pundit -- oh, wait, this isn't the Ringmaster's infamous P-speech. It's complete nonsense, delivered with a pompous solemnity and accompanied by odd feats of book manipulation.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus and Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Voodoo juggling

Our roustabout Spencer, the perennial circus star wannabe, works up the courage to pry into a performer's case. His attempts to inflict voodoo on the bossman backfire, and he finds himself under the spell of the juggling clubs he has absconded.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Mortal jungle

Our swingset artistes chart the rise and fall of jungle gym bullies. The opening solo reveals our aerialists' strength and grace. The evil twins will charm you with their elegance and allure. And the final quartet of playmates glide on the trapezes with disarming glee.


Seen in: ...all fall down

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Cabaret and lyrical cacophony
Hey, Rube

This lyrical tale of townies who pick an ill-advised fight with the circus folk has been known to open our variety show.


Seen in: A Surreal Circus.

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Everybody wants to be an aardvark

Circus Contaption's sing-along celebrates the freak within us all. All together, now...

Everybody wants to be an aardvark
Everybody wants to join the fun
What a nice stupendousilly feeling
When you find you're not the only one

Yes, everybody wants to be an aardvark
Everybody wants to feel the strange
You'll acheive a revolubrication
When you find your matter's re-arranged


Seen in: Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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As the children laugh

While some children are favored others are shut out of the playful action. An ignored, rejected, dejected outcast finds no solace on a childhood playground.


Seen in: ...all fall down.

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Toyshop armaggedon

A jack-in-the-box tells a tale of the end times. Ring around the rosie; pocket full of posies; ashes, ashes...


Seen in: ...all fall down.

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Kittenheads

A silly song about a splendid variety of culinary delicacies.


Seen in: Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Animals Behind Bars

Where do circus animals go after the show? Down to the saloon! This spritely circus tune relates the revelry of our menagerie.


Seen in: Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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Spank the Audience

Circus Contraption pulls out all the stops for it's own cheesy game show, where our professional disclipinary technicians dole out dollops of wallops to a deserving member of our live studio audience.

Featuring the "Spank the Audience" dancers and the the custom leather fetish fashions of our bassist, Joe Albanese.


Seen in: Beer, Bread and Cheese Cabaret.

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