"They will leave you holding your breath one minute and laughing the next." -The Real Chicago
Original shows... when a little bit of Aloft just isn't enough.
Brave Space is the building of a blanket fort, hiding under a hoop skirt, an impulsive congregation in the tiniest of tents. Intimate and low tech, this hour-long work of contemporary circus invites the audience to sit nose-to-nose with bold aerialists and acrobats to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. An antidote to the daily news cycle, this hypermobile show can pop up in fields, intersections, theaters, and warehouses -- wherever people need beauty, hope, and comfort.
With 7 performers, one tech and minimal tech needs, this show sets up in 20 min. With an interior capacity of only 100 people, Brave Space is a show with no fourth wall, where the audience is as responsible for the artists' safety as the performers themselves.
a large scale show for theaters
“Flock” is an evocative story of humanity. The search for belonging and acceptance is a hunt. We pry strength from the grasp of our vulnerability and isolation. We summon power from our individualism and we gather up our courage. In numbers we are powerful.
Directed by Australian circus powerhouse, Emma Serjeant (Casus, Circa), this show brings the artistic and thrilling qualities of Aussie circus to the USA. A cast of 8 young artists brings a show featuring tightwire, trampoline wall, innovative aerial acts, juggling and dynamic group acts.
"An adorably hilarious success"-Time Out
El Circo Cheapo is our most successful show to date, having sold out every performance for the last 10 years! It's become an underground sensation in Chicago and has toured the west coast and traveled for one-off gala events around the country. Fully customizable in terms of length and "adultish-ness", this is a new old-time variety show, with daring, creative acts and some of the most uproarious Masters of Ceremony you'd ever hope to meet.
The Sanctuary Big Top
Now Aloft is even more intense! (Get it? In-tents?)
Aloft has recently taken possession of a vintage circus big top that seats 500-700 people. This tent is available for rental, and any of our shows can work inside. The show we've created just for the tent, though, is called Sanctuary. It's a classy and soul-affirming cabaret show with a sultry, jazzy live band and a no-hold-barred Mistress of Ceremonies. Anything can happen at Sanctuary, but whatever happens, you'll be with friends.
We are booking the Sanctuary Tour for summer of 2019. We plan to spend a week in each city, immersed in the community and offering outreach workshops, pancake breakfasts, campfires, dance parties and, of course, the lush circus that Aloft is loved for! Bring us to your town!!!