Cirque de Sique Is Part Circus Show and Interactive Theatre (Review)

Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Los Angeles is home to some really cool immersive shows, and Immersive Art Collective has been continuing to bring guests into dark and eerie worlds at The Count’s Den in Downtown Los Angeles. We recently had the chance to check out Bite: Season’s Bleeding, an interactive vampire dinner Christmas show. Another show from the organization is Cirque de Sique: A Grave Affair, which is part circus show and a whole lot of immersive theatre. It was an evening filled with sensual burlesque, exciting performances, and an interactive murder mystery.

In Cirque de Sique: A Grave Affair, we were invited to a funeral for Madam Malade, the matriarch of the Cirque du Sique traveling circus. Her circus family was in attendance along with the funeral director, Charles Whitaker, and it was encouraged to dress in funeral-inspired attire. Each of the characters had a unique personality and their own special performances. As the 90-minute show went on, the story slowly unravels as guests try to figure out how Madam Malade bit the dust. Was it one of the members of her circus family?

Playful

Julia Fae as Playful in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Julia Fae as Playful in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Playful, as you can tell, is super playful and did a burlesque routine.

Imagination

Imagination in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Maciek Bartek as Imagination in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Imagination is flamboyant and lively and performed burlesque.

Desire

Desire in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Burdetta Jackson as Desire in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Desire played with fire.

Delirium

Delirium in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Teake as Delirium in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Delirium span around and performed with his sword.

Filth

Rachel Moore as Filth in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

Filth performed a sensual dance.

The Funeral Director

Brett Gustafson as the Funeral Director in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor
Brett Gustafson as the Funeral Director in Cirque de Sique. Credit: Nerd Reactor

The funeral director was there to make sure the event was running smoothly.

And then we have Grandpa Buckley (Khalil Lowry), who’s actually checking in on the guests.

Once the characters performed their acts, the show opened up where guests can have one-on-one interactions with them. Depending on where you’re standing and how you interact, you’ll get to experience things differently compared to other guests. Our first interactive experience was with Delirium, who instantly took us to his room. He shared a little background about himself and showed us his notebook, which was quite worrying.

Afterward, we had one-on-one sessions with the others, and they all had their own eerie background. Filth had the most disturbing room, Playful felt childlike yet dangerous as she twirled around the rope ladder, and Imagination is like an innocent child. These interactions had us moving around The Count’s Den, and you may or may not get to interact with all of the characters. (We didn’t get the chance to interact with Desire.) As you get a feel for each of the characters, you’ll start to understand the different dynamics between them and their relationship with Madam Malade. This all comes together in the final act.

With this being an interactive show, it’s all about engaging with the characters and getting into the story. It wasn’t hard to find something to do and people to talk to due to the nature of being in a small group.

Final Reaction

Cirque de Sique: A Brave Affair mixes together interactive theatre and circus shows to create an eerie and sensual 90-minute experience set during a funeral. This is especially wonderful for those who miss the Halloween season and want something strange and bizarre during the holidays.

Each ticket is $45 and includes drinks and small bites. For tickets and information on dates, visit www.thecountsden.com.

Courtesy of Immersive Art Collective
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