Flashy Halloween-Themed Circus Takes Colorado Springs Mall Parking Lot This Weekend | Culture & Leisure
If you pass by The Citadel Mall this weekend, be prepared for something that will grab your attention.
A flashy circus show will occupy the Colorado Springs Mall parking lot for four days. It’s a jaw-dropping spectacle for all who pass: the large red and black tent with skeletons hanging above and the strobe lights and illuminated letters spelling out the name of the show: Paranormal Circus.
At a glance you can tell it’s not like other circuses.
This was the goal of founder Manuel Rebecchi, a native of Milan, Italy, who spent his early years traveling across Europe with his late aunt, Moira Orfei, the creator of the largest and most famous circus in the world. ‘Europe:’ The Moira Orfei circus. “
In 2012, Rebecchi started to organize its events. He started off brilliantly by commissioning Ferrari, the luxury sports car company, to build a bespoke circus tent for his first Cirque Italia event. He thought it would be one and done.
But the show was an instant hit, leading to numerous tours and aquatic circus spinoffs.
For his next turn, Rebecchi ventured into new territory with Paranormal Cirque. Shortly after opening in 2018, the Halloween and horror-themed circus and magic show was in high demand, touring nearly 12 months a year and sold out in most cities.
“It’s a consistent and overwhelming success,” said show spokesperson Sarah Kessler. “It shows that there will always be this large population of people who love Halloween and love goth and love magic and illusion.”
This show features traditional circus acts, such as aerial acrobats, balancing acts, crossbow, hanging hair, contortion and death wheel, dressed in apocalyptic make-up and costumes. There are also dance and comedy skits, as well as elements of magic and illusion.
One narrator ties it all together, with the show’s loose storyline of “the downfall of humanity due to its own greed and ego,” one read in a press release.
“The idea is that it’s something that thinks outside the box and pushes the boundaries,” Kessler said. “But if you take off all the makeup, it’s mostly like a traditional circus.”
As with all of Cirque Italia’s other productions, Paranormal Cirque is animal-free and instead focuses on “testing the strength and will of the human form”.
Most of the show’s 12 or so performers, who also perform dual functions as team members, come from a multigenerational circus family.
Due to some scenes on the show, she has an “R” rating, which means participation is limited to those 18 and over. Persons aged 13 to 17 can attend if accompanied by a guardian aged 21 or over.
“The show itself isn’t scary,” Kessler says, but there is adult language and sexual content.
Plus, there’s a haunted house style pre-show that she tells people to jump if they get scared easily. On the outside of the tent are decorations such as custom-designed hearses and an ambulance converted to a hot dog cart.
“It generates interest no matter where it is,” Kessler said. “There is a spectacle in there. “
And for good reason, because the circus – in particular this version – only comes to town so often.
“It’s an escape for people,” she said. “You can see an almost childish sparkle in their eyes.”