El Circo Cheapo

A raunchy, funny, sexy circus cabaret  - combining music and comedy with stunning modern circus acts.
Aerial Lyra Duo
Aerial Lyra Duo

Circus is better with a friend along. You should bring all of your friends to El Circo Cheapo.

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Cyr Wheel
Cyr Wheel

Stunning solo act with cyr wheel - one of the many constantly- evolving acts that make up El Circo Cheapo.

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Audience encouragement and a sense of humor are two key ingredients in the magic potion of El Circo Cheapo. Those.... and hula hoops. Everybody likes hula hoops!

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"Will leave you holding your breath..."

 - Real Chicago Online


"...Bills itself as the poor man's Cirque du Soleil, but it is in fact something more than that."

Examiner, Seattle


"People’s faces were pointed upwards, their jaws dropped."

- ChicagoTalks.org


"...Invites circus performers to try out tricks new and old in an intimate setting."

- Time Out Chicago


Interview with Shayna Swanson in 2009,


El Circo Cheapo is completely adaptable to any situation or audience. We can even perform on our Free-standing aerial rig outdoor or at venues with limited rigging abilities!
Recently seen at Western Illinois University, Summer Stage in Manhattan, Kansas, Grinnell College and Moment Festival in Chicago, IL.
Always changing. Always amazing. The music, the comedy, the crowd - 
Tumblers, jugglers, contortionists, amazing acts of daring and grace flying over head, reliant on nothing but strength and silk.   
You'll be laughing too hard to hear your heart pounding...