Dine Out Vancouver 2014: Night Circus at the Vancouver FanClub
Many of the events at this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival combine some type of performance with food. The annual Act 1, Eat 1 series pairs dinner at a restaurant with a show featured in the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Jazz Out invites diners to tune into live music while enjoying a meal, and the popular Dinner at the Birdcage includes a glamorous reinterpretation of the classic drag cabaret.
For $50, attendees are served a three-course dinner and provided cabaret-area seating for the show. Dinner includes a prawn cocktail or Caesar salad to start; grilled flank steak, buttermilk chicken, or a vegetarian option as a main; and panna cotta for dessert. Taxes, beverages, and tips are not included.
Alternatively, guests can have dinner prior to arriving at the venue at 8 p.m., and enjoy the show in upper-level seating for $25. Additional food, beverages, taxes, and tips are not included.
The performance itself combines circus, burlesque, live music, and interactive theatre. I attended a preview of the event on January 15, and upon arrival, was handed a passport with my role-playing identity marked inside. Guests are invited to interact with the actors as much or as little as they want (but I promise you’ll have more fun if you really get into it).
For the event, the Vancouver FanClub becomes the underwater city Atlantis, and performers and actors are dressed in costume—at the preview, I spotted an elaborate mermaid and an ethereal jellyfish. A four-piece band dressed up in sailor costumes provides snappy music as burlesque dancers shake and shimmy across the stage. In the crowd, a juggler, contortionist, and gymnast provide up-close entertainment, while high above, aerialists swing and spin on silk and hoop apparatuses.
It’s a dizzying display of talent that lasts about two hours.
Below, here's a peak at Night Circus at the Vancouver FanClub during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.