BWW Review: Secret Circus Arrives in New York City
Over the weekend, the Manhattan-based Secret Loft venue held its daring monthly series, Secret Circus, showcasing some of the city's best aerialist performers.
Located in Greenwich Village, the exact address isn't revealed until the day of the performance - and neither is the theme. Every month, producer Ariel Iasevoli builds a new show around original pieces developed by each performer. This weekend it was all about literature, revolving the show around classic novels, such as Anna Karenina and Lolita. Each performer interpreted one of the great fictional stories into their performance while having their way with the room, impressing everyone with their flips and tricks on poles, silk fabric, hoops, and chains. Seductive music and slinky costumes helped add to each act, making this a hypnotic show not to be missed.
The host of the show, Laurel Fixation (Matt Phillips), led the audience down a rabbit hole of risqué performances with plenty of humor, often cracking jokes about the books while interacting with the crowd in a pleather-looking leotard, big blonde wig, and glittering eye makeup.
During intermission, only the bravest audience members told their dark secrets to the "human confessional" Lilly Wolfson, who sat along the stage blindfolded listening without any judgement.
Learn more about Secret Loft's monthly events here.
(Photo of Ariel Iasevoli taken by Alexander Rivero, courtesy of Secret Loft)