This weekend Vikki and I were in Seattle for an anniversary party (that turned out to be a wedding… long story) and part of the festivities was a performance by Circus Contraption. They were completely fantastic. What an awesome show! They are a group of musicians who also happen to be circus-style performers. They played some very cool music, highly reminiscent of 30’s bistro music, a la Paris Combo or similar bands. Along with the music (which would have been cool enough by itself) there was juggling, tap dancing, ballet, several varieties of trapeze art, a strong man, stilt walking, and more.
I was really impressed not only with the breadth and depth of their talent, but how consistent they were with the retro-circus style. The costumes, music, instruments, everything fit very well together. I think it’s cool that people would choose to preserve this particular style of music and performance and do it with such obvious dedication.
Enough raving… if you ever get a chance, check them out. They are playing a week-long engagement in Seattle in mid-July (details on their site) and I’m hoping to make it up for a show. It’d be worth the drive.