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Cirque Us

In 2007, Circo Luci premiered its 5th production, CIRQUE US, in Brazil under the big top.

A play on the word “circus”, CIRQUE US takes audience participation to a new level in that the show is truly interactive. The first of its kind, CIRQUE US trains the audience in a series of workshops preceding the show, and the entire audience performs on stage along side the professional performers. The audience participates in a truly unique event, experiencing the magic of the circus, or “Cirque Us”. Cirque Us continues to be a hit for public and corporate events worldwide and the training program is the backbone for Circo Luci artists in all Circo Luci productions.

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Cirque Us® is a multi-day interactive event and theatrical experience for your guests. Guests attend a series of workshops and training sessions learning circus skills for working professional circus performers. On the final day of their CIRQUE US experience, guests perform their skills on stage for a live audience alongside professional cirque-style performers (their trainers).

Some of the skills learned are juggling, aerial performances, harness flying, clowning, manipulation, wire walking, trick bicycling and more.

In theatrical and circus tent venues, the audience cycles through the stage to perform their newly learned skills and back to their seats to watch other audience members performing their “act”. The show culminates with everyone taking a bow!

The Cirque Us® interactive theatrical experience is perfect for venues with audiences and guests staying on property for longer stays such a cruise lines and resort properties. Cirque Us® creates a one-of-a-kind immersive experience for guests that is both goal-oriented and educational, and leaves the guest with a memorable experience.

Cirque Us from Circo Luci is available for booking for multi-week engagements worldwide. The show has been designed to perform in various types of performance spaces including: tents, hotel ballrooms, theaters, outdoor stages and custom spaces.

Cirque Us can be part of any show “package” offered POET Theatricals.

Show packages from POET Theatricals allow venues to maximize production impact inexpensively by allowing presentation of three dramatically different shows utilizing one performing cast and one preproduction expenditure. Each of the POET Theatricals’ show “packages” represents over 2.5 million dollars in capital expenditure investment in the production’s costumes, sets, flying automation, video and music.

Show packages are best used in venues that have repeat customers (casinos with strong local market draw for example), guests that are residing in the venue (vacation destination resort hotels), or travelers that are moving from place to place with the venue (cruise ships). Cirque Us is especially effective in these form of venues as the production engages the guests over multiple days during their stay and providing a “goal” of being involved in the activity.

POET Theatricals has the ability to “mix and match” show packages depending on audience demographics.


The Cirque Us production includes the following:

  • Original Soundtrack from various Circo Luci productions written, orchestrated and recorded by the Circo Luci creative team. (Original soundtracks can be previewed on the iTunes store or on the POET Theatricals Site under the “Media” tab.)
  • Show Costuming, Props and Equipment.
  • Digital audio playback, time code and show control.
  • Lighting Control.
  • Digital media servers, video projectors and video distribution.
  • High-speed performer flying winches, winch power distribution and acrobatic rigging.
  • Production soft goods.
  • Production sets.


Shipping requirements can be scaled depending on show size and scope of technical infrastructure required for the performance. The show can adapt to existing staging, lighting and rigging layouts. POET Theatricals’ goal is to reduce the preproduction cost and installation of the show as much as possible, and we work with presenters to trim these expenses.

Examples of shipping requirements are:

Soft Sets The Cirque Us “Soft Set” production requires cargo space of one 24’ truck or a 40’ high-cube oceangoing container (for overseas productions). This includes all of the soft goods (theatrical drops) and video projection surfaces used in the production and staging of the performance.

Full Set The “Full Set” production includes the entire hard set of the show and the “soft set”. This version includes all of the stair units, multi level sets, taiko drums and other stage elements. This version travels in two 53’ trucks or two 40’ and one 20’ oceangoing containers (for overseas productions).

Turn-key Our “turn-key” production package adds all lighting, sound, venue required soft goods, venue rigging and staging for the show in a complete turn-key package. This additional technical support travels in 1 or 2, 53-foot tractor trailers, depending on the level of production support required for the venue.


Cirque Us uses a traveling cast of 24 live singers, instructors, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.

Crew size is 5 persons: 1 Technical director, 1 Stage Manager, 1 Instruction Manager, 1 FOH operator (lighting, media and show control), and 1 lead rigger/ acrobatic rigger.

A. Cirque Us is an interactive European-style theatrical circus, where the audience learns circus skills and performs in the actual show.
A. The show is appropriate for all ages, however participation in certain types of circus training are restricted by age or size of the audience member.
A. The show was originally designed to be performed in a theater, but can also be performed in tents, convention spaces, custom open spaces, and in outdoor venues.
A. Loading in the production depends on access to the space, but shows from POET Theatricals in touring configuration can be loaded in a quickly as 1 day.
A. There are up 24 professional performers in the production, comprised of live singers, instructors, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.
A. The soundtrack of the show uses the original score from several Circo Luci productions. These soundtracks can be previewed on the Apple iTunes store.
A. The show can be scaled for as short as 30 minutes to as long as 75 minutes.
A. The show travels with its own performer flying automation and technicians to operate and is included in the cost of the show. The venue however must be able to support the rigging loads and have appropriate hang points to mount the show’s equipment.
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