Midnight Circus in The Parks

Midnight Circus at its high-flying best under the magical purple and blue Big Top!

Soul Sonic Sirkus

Soul Sonic Sirkus premiered at The Moers Jazz Festival in Moers, Germany in 2003. The highly anticipated show took the festival by storm with its groundbreaking collision of jazz, hip-hop, circus acrobatics, and even a performing Pit Bull.

Festival headliner and saxophone player extraordinaire Mars Williams assembled a wildly eclectic band including guitarists Wayne Kramer (ex-MC5) and Greg Suran (Goo Goo Dolls), drummers Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang, bassist Rob Wasserman, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, pianist Jim Baker, trumpeter Hugh Ragin, DJ Logic and more. These musicians took the stage with Chicago’s Midnight Circus and for a solid hour created a fully improvised, high-flying, music and theatrical explosion. The Soul Sonic Sirkus was born!

Over the years Midnight Circus along with Mars Williams and his Grammy nominated band Liquid Soul have come together in various forms in various venues to re-create and re-invent Soul Sonic Sirkus. At times the show is loosely scripted, at times it is improvised on the spot. But one constant is the blurring of boundaries between live musicians and circus acrobats.

Soul Sonic Sirkus is proof anything is possible in a performance where the musicians take to the air and the acrobats make music.

Stiletto's Circus & Soul

Stilettos, Circus and Soul made its debut in 2006 at the Northlight Theater. The show featured a group of performers so diverse their likelihood of being in the same building, let alone sharing the stage was remote at best.

Award winning Cabaret Diva and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Alexandra Billings, Jazz Hip-Hop pioneers Mars Williams and Liquid Soul, Classical Pianist Russ Long and the full company of eclectic acrobats and actors of Midnight Circus all took the stage together.

The result was a critical and commercial success. Packed houses and rave reviews for a show that defied definition and celebrated the power of live performance.

The Flower Thieves

Eus meus, recorder in gratiarum actione tibi, et confitear misericordias tuas super me. perfundantur ossa mea dilectione tua, et dicant: Domine, quis similis tibi? dirrupisti vincula mea: sacrificem tibi sacrificium laudis. quomodo. Dirrupisti ea, narrabo, et dicent omnes, qui adorant te, cum audient haec: Benedictus dominus in caelo et in terra; magnum et mirabile nomen eius. inhaeserant praecordiis meis verba tua, et undique circumvallabar abs te. de vita tua aeterna certus eram.

Qamvis eam in aenigmate et quasi per. verba tua, et undique circumvallabar abs te. De vita tua aeterna certus eram, quamvis eam in aenigmate et quasi per quamvis eam in aenigmate et quasi per. verba tua, et undique circumvallabar abs te. De vita tua aeterna certus eram, quamvis eam in aenigmate et quasi per. eus meus, recorder in gratiarum actione tibi, et confitear misericordias tuas super me. perfundantur ossa mea dilectione tua, et dicant: Domine, quis similis tibi? dirrupisti vincula mea: sacrificem tibi sacrificium laudis. quomodo. Dirrupisti ea, narrabo, et dicent omnes, qui adorant te, cum audient haec: Benedictus dominus in caelo et in terra; magnum et mirabile nomen eius. inhaeserant praecordiis meis verba tua, et undique circumvallabar abs te. de vita tua aeterna certus eram.

Midnight Circus in The Parks- Documentary

As a company Midnight Circus has always believed in the power of the arts too not only entertain but to promote positive social change.

With that in mind and inspiration from our early days traveling in Europe we created Circus In The Parks.

Flash back a dozen or so years, Midnight Circus was a young, brash, troupe of performers on our first adventure together in Europe. We were enchanted with the intimate theatrical circuses we saw in the small parks and piazzas in Italy and France. The idea that families could come together in their very own communities and enjoy unique, exciting, world-class entertainment was a revelation to us.

Over a decade later The Midnight Circus is a bit older, a bit wiser, but hopefully just as brash. That long ago idea that one day we would create an intimate theatrical circus that played to audiences right in the heart of our fair city was about to become a reality.

In 2007 we got word that the playground in the park, our park was going to be downsized. It was old and in desperate need of renovation like many of the parks across Chicago. Thing’s being what they were the funds to rebuild the park bigger, which was very much needed, was not an option.

The seed that was planted so many years ago began to sprout. In 2007 The Midnight Circus would partner with the Welles Park Advisory Council, bring together our eclectic company of performers and create a show. Volunteers from all walks of life participated, taking tickets, hanging posters and spreading the word.

Circus In The Parks was born! Not only was the show an artistic success it also fulfilled another one of its primary goals of raising funds to help rebuild the playground. That opening weekend of shows raised nearly $20,000 for this cause.

The partnership between Midnight Circus and the passionate talented volunteers of the Park Advisory Councils (PAC’s) is the key to this unique fundraiser and community-building event. Each year the Tour has expanded and to date Circus In The Parks has played to tens of thousands of people and raised over $250,000 for local park improvements.

Celebrating community, raising funds and rebuilding parks One Circus at a Time.