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pictures from Lady Circus & the Mickey Western Band’s ‘The Rusted Gun Saloon’ @ the House of Yes

photos by Ryan Muir

Jordann Baker
Lady Circus

Lady Circus is a performing arts troupe in New York City composed of nine ladies who perform solo, in small groups, or in a variety show setting in their entirety. Founded by New York based Anya Sapozhnikova in 2007.

Lady Circus, self-described as “an intoxicating cocktail of riot and glamour,” considers themselves to be, “a mix of sideshow, brooklyn grit, and 1920’s gilded decadence finished off with a modern edge.” Their performances use circus arts to entertain and address political and social issues. Members have been sighted using stilts, hula hoops, fire fans, poi, aerial silk, lyra, trapeze, contortion, glass walking, sword swallowing, fire eating, rhythmic gymnastics and combinations thereof across a variety of venues including warehouse parties, galas, benefits, parades, art openings, and private events presenting a diverse skill-set.

Lady Circus performed traditionally one gig at a time, tailoring their acts to each performance space and purpose. As their rehearsal space at The House of YES became rebuilt after a devastating fire in April 2008, their ability to create a full stage show came to fruition.

January 2009: Lady Circus completes first full stage production for The Sky Box Aerial Theatre that operates at the new House of YES. The show is titled “Lady Circus and The Mickey Western Band Present: The Rusted Gun Saloon” A tumultuous tale of love, jealousy, greed, and violence. Including live music and circus in the sky and on the ground!
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Lady Circus performed The Rusted Gun Saloon four times (so far). The final show was January 24th. That’s the one Ryan and I both went to. The live music, the Lady Circus performers, the DIY space, the original story, the homemade costumes, the $20 ticket price… everything was great, In case they do it again, I don’t want to spoil it any more than the pictures already do. More of them (NSFW), below…

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Contact Lady Circus via their website.

Performers
* Anya Sapozhnikova
* Jordann Baker
* Kae Burke
* Claire de Luxe
* Ali Schmitz
* Ellie Takahashi
* The Lady Aye
* Cassandra Siegler
* Radia Hope

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