Not just lovely, but talented
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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?
Large glowing yellow eggs illuminate masked blue figures, who move mysteriously with their fertile treasures.
Circus feats and twisted manipulations
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.
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.
Unrequited childhood love explores the rigors of mortis. Our body-balancing artists illustrate this tale of acromancing.
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.
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.
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.
A trio of fairies flit upon the trapeze in a world of strange light laced with magnificent visions of sugarcubes.
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.
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.
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.
Cabaret and lyrical cacophony
This lyrical tale of townies who pick an ill-advised fight with the circus folk has been known to open our variety show.
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
Yes, everybody wants to be an aardvark
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.
A jack-in-the-box tells a tale of the end times. Ring around the rosie; pocket full of posies; ashes, ashes...
A silly song about a splendid variety of culinary delicacies.
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.
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.