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Cirque du Nuit, a professional circus arts company that bridges theatre, circus, and nightlife, all while breaking down performance’s traditional fourth wall, is preparing to present their newest experience to Philadelphia audiences. Their Midsummer Gala will put a sexy and sophisticated Art Nouveau twist on Shakespeare’s classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cirque du Nuit will create an immersive world amongst the transcendent setting of Glen Foerd’s gardens and magnificent riverfront views. This one day only event, which also serves as a fundraiser for Cirque du Nuit’s groundbreaking work and as the launch of the company’s new brand, Alterra Productions, will take place on August 22, 2021 at 3PM at 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA.
“We are so thrilled to welcome audiences to experience Cirque du Nuit on the gorgeous grounds of Glen Foerd,” notes company founder and director Kaitlin Chin, who, as a proficient aerialist, has performed for Victoria’s Secret and at Super Bowl XLIX. “Our performers will invite guests to participate in a new and elevated universe, where myths and monsters intersect with our everyday world. The audience will get to play, perform, and storytell alongside the performers, all while enjoy fantastic cocktails and world-class circus performances. By becoming part of the story, we hope that our cherished guests will become a part of something bigger than themselves.”
At the Midsummer Gala, which will take place both outdoors and indoors at Glen Foerd, guests will meet Oberon, Titania, Puck, and the court of Faeries as they move amongst the grounds. A highlight of the experience will be a 27-foot high outdoor rigging mechanism, where Cirque du Nuit performers will bring breathtaking acrobatics to life for audience members. Additionally, the afternoon will present a special “Forum Theater” edition of Pyramus and Thisbe, the play-within-a-play featured in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performers will take bids from audience members to change the plot and action of the traditional comedy. The higher the bid, the more outlandish the action.
Guests are highly encouraged to come “dressed to impress” by showing off their artistic inspirations via costume. Trove Costumes will be available on the property to rent costuming should guests wish to don something extra special for the experience. In addition to the immersive experience, the Midsummer Gala will feature a silent auction, live raffle, light bites, and a cash bar.
The health and safety of Cirque du Nuit’s audience members and artists are of utmost importance. Therefore, proof of vaccination is required for all guests or a mask must be worn throughout the event.
Tickets to Midsummer Gala are $15; VIP table service is available for $1,000, which includes a reserved area for up to five guests, bottle service, and unique interactive moments with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at cirquedunuit.com.
ABOUT CIRQUE DU NUIT/ALTERRA PRODUCTIONS
Cirque du Nuit/Alterra Productions is a professional performance design and production company, specializing in audience-driven immersive and interactive theatrical events. Their client list includes 50 Cent, Kay Jewelers, King Richard’s Renaissance Faire, Tropicana NYC, TopGear Imports, and many more. The company borrows from global theater and circus traditions to craft experiences that invite guests to play, explore, engage, and imagine. Cirque du Nuit creates environments that elevate and transform audiences, allowing them to leave with memories of a story they brought to life. Based in NYC and Philadelphia, the company curates and performs work nationally, internationally, and digitally. Equipped with a large roster of talented performers and creatives and a skilled directorial and management team, Cirque du Nuit/Alterra Productions performances can range from Broadway-style dance routines, Masquerade Balls, immersive Murder Mystery nights, to full-on “Cirque du Soleil”- like spectacles. The company has recently opened their own facility in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
ABOUT KAITLIN CHIN
Kaitlin started her performance training from a young age; beginning classical ballet at the age of three, and modeling professionally at the age of nine (print and runway). She attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, graduating with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance Performance. Kaitlin went on to work professionally in shows ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas to touring children’s shows, performing internationally in 5 different countries. In 2013, she worked as a resident performer in Malaysia at the Genting Highlands Hotel and Theme Park. She is a proficient aerialist in apparatuses such as silks, lyra, dance trapeze and more. Her travels have brought her to study at a number of studios, such as Altitude Aerials (Phoenix), Aloft Loft Circus Arts (Chicago), Sky Candy & Blue Lapis Light (Austin), Hollywood Aerial Arts (LA), OM Factory & The Muse (NYC), and Aerial Arts of Rochester (NY). She has flown at a variety of events for high-profile clients such as Victoria’s Secret, Super Bowl XLIX, You Are So Lucky, House of Yes, Rainbow Mountain Resort, and at many masquerade balls, large-scale parties, outdoor festivals, concerts and fashion shows. Her passion grew into a specialty for directing both large-scale and intimate immersive circus work. Since 2014, Kaitlin has been touring with her self-produced aerial show Draiku. In 2016, she formed the immersive theatrical circus company Cirque du Nuit/Alterra Productions, which now has over 90 performers and creatives. And if you think Kaitlin only flies the fabulous skies—think again. She performs as an underwater mermaid with the Circus Siren Pod—the largest touring mermaid troupe on the East Coast. She has a full silicone tail manufactured by Syren Studios, and clocks in at just about 10 feet in length. Amongst her creative work, Kaitlin specializes in the creation of non-verbal, high-spectacle fantasy characters, such as living statues, mechanical dolls, fairies and aerial fantasy creatures. Her work as both a director and movement teacher focuses on creating unique interaction with patrons utilizing a creature-based movement style. She is also skilled in airbrush makeup and makeup design—skills of which she shares in specialized workshops with individuals and theatre companies. Recently, Kaitlin has served as circus director for Shakespeare in Clark Park.