Le Cirque de Bohème has returned to the beautiful Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma for a unique holiday presentation titled “Stolen Moonlight” that opened yesterday. Guests packed the tent to be transported in time via the traditional 1920’s French holiday circus presented by an all new cast of characters including a unicyclist, contortionist, juggler, slack-rope walker, static trapeze artist and hoop and hamac aerialists in this charming family experience.
“Stolen Moonlight” begins at the beginning of the 20th century near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and journeys to the Valley of the Moon with two main characters-a young American girl, Artemis, and the strange man of Paris, the Bohemian. The circus was created by Michel Michelis who found inspiration in his daughter Luna and his home in Valley of the Moon. “I am lucky to live in Valley of the Moon – a very beautiful place. The house and grounds of Jack London are close to my house and I’ve visited there often. I feel his presence and the story of his life is alive in this place.”
The story is told in an intriguing and whimsical style by talented local performers. “I am always on the look out for unique, creative performers. We are lucky to have a very large, talented community of circus performers here in the Bay Area. I continually scout new acts to see what might be a good fit for my various themes. I change the story and cast every year. It is important to me to support not only performers that have been in the business for many years, but also those starting out with their fresh ideas and enthusiasm” Michelis states.
Each performance takes place in the new circus tent that was made possible by community support for Le Cirque de Boheme this year. Michelis explains “The community embraced the Cirque de Boheme when we debuted 3 years ago. All our shows sold out quickly and we had to add shows to help accommodate. That kind of enthusiasm and support really helped me persevere through the obstacles that always arrive in such a creative production. When I decided to purchase my own circus tent earlier this year, it was more expensive that I had anticipated and it left me short a few thousand dollars for the needed flooring. This is where I took to crowd sourcing to help purchase the floor for my tent. I discovered through this crowd sourcing project that there are friends of my circus far and wide-friends I’d never met that were enthusiastic to help me realize my dream. This was very humbling and so very supportive. I am grateful to each and every person.”
The tent seats 140 people, adding to the ambiance of the interactive experience and the fact that the shows sell out quickly. The shows are daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm on November 27, 28 & 29 and December 19, 20, 26, 27, 2015. Tickets are available online ($28 adults / $18 kids 15 or younger) with a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Don’t forget… your childhood dreams are alive!