VISARE

an immersive circus experience

Clare Fuyuko Bierman + ERika Ji

In this immersive theatrical experience, audience members are transported to a fictional nation where they are about to become new employees of the world renowned, fantastical circus Visare. But the bright spectacle of the circus hides a much darker underbelly: though the performers are spoiled with feasts and bounty, the non-performing laborers are starving and on the brink of revolt.

The music is principally inspired by nouveau cirque (a la Cirque du Soleil) and Central & Eastern European folk instruments.

  • Currently in development. Additional materials available on request.
  • May 2021 — developmental reading
  • April 2021 — workshop & concert for the 2021 New Voices Project in Los Angeles, CA
  • February 2021 — residency at RE: with support from Darling Aviary in Sacramento, CA
  • December 2020 — developmental reading
  • October 2020 — developmental reading

Artworks by Yeseul Kim and Daniil Rybkin.

SMOKE & MIRRORS

SOPRANO, SSATBB ENSEMBLE,
PIANO (REDUCTION)

It’s a show, it’s a narrative, it’s a fantasy, it’s a lie.
But it's a very good one, isn't it?
Petra uses a paper boat as a shadow puppet as she begins to sing. Slowly, the shadow boat’s silhouette becomes bigger and more like a real ship. The cast of the circus pours out of the shadow boat and builds the circus Visare before our eyes. 

Performed by Lydia Breckon (lead vocal),
Carrie Caffrey, Enzo Veiga, Erika Ji, Gabrielle Mirabella, Mason McDowell, Matthew Billman.

Performed by Lydia Breckon (lead vocal),
Carrie Caffrey, Enzo Veiga, Erika Ji, Gabrielle Mirabella,
Mason McDowell, Matthew Billman.

BIRD CIRCUS

Baritenor, ST/AB ENSEMBLE,
cimbalom, accordion, cello, bass

Spiri, the nihilistic clown, will take any opportunity to command a room and tell a story. Here, Petra has just asked him why he hates rich, driven people and prefers to drink away his life in the Cantina. Using the Cantina workers as a pantomime ensemble, Spiri paints the scenes of the wealthy, scheming men in his life to show how he’s ultimately much happier here.

Performed by Mason McDowell (lead vocal),
Brandy Hoang Collier, Clare Bierman, Erika Ji,
Joshua Muetzel, Matthew Billman.

Performed by Mason McDowell (lead vocal),
Brandy Hoang Collier, Clare Bierman, Erika Ji,
Joshua Muetzel, Matthew Billman.

SELECTED WORKS