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Written by:  Behnam Vadi & Jordanna Dworkin

Another year…another place…another time-warped journey to the Barbary Coast era. The Soiled Dove 2018 edition returned to the Bay Area for an epic night of circus acrobats mixed with sultry burlesque and wily shenanigans to ignite the passion of the heart and rapture of the soul. Throw in a solid dose of dark humor, and you’re now in the swirl of fantasy-turned-reality for the eve. Mike Gains, an Executive Producer, sets the stage this year within a vintage Italian circus tent adjacent to Downtown Oakland, California’s Fox Theatre – where artistic bohemians co-mingle with tech-savvy entrepreneurs to bring an evening of surreal seduction to the scene.

From the grand opening act, a memorably alluring all-hands-in choreographed bonanza, to one of the first solo acts featuring a gorgeous contortionist suspended on a ring, the audience gets pulled into the dramatic unfolding of something truly spectacular. Flash forward to a scene of boudoir mystery as a beautiful dame in a revealing red slip dances her way into a clawfoot tub filled with blood-colored water. Splish splash, the sounds that echoed and without revealing everything that happens next, let’s just say that all new levels of excitement and thrills are now officially reached. More, please!

You may ask how can a spectacle like this shine without a colorful ringleader? OMG – the M.C. of the night – with his electrifying charm and exotic British accent, this lad tickled our fancy and raised the raucousness from scene to scene, keeping each spectator fixing for more.  And the music, just WOW! The Jazz Mafia entourage never ceases to disappoint, they are clearly in their own lane when and noone is better suited for this production musically! From melodic interludes interspersed with super sexy femme solo violin magic to some damn good rapper’s delight, never was there ever a more fantastic complementary blend of sound and showmanship.  Perfect harmony is the word that comes to mine, as I closed my eyes on occasion and just blissed out to the magical sounds.

From rings to poles, silks to swagger, each act of the night kept the momentum growing and growing. The suspense surged to a peak as the epic full ensemble grand finale, with all the razzle dazzle and bling bling, dropped jaws, ignited a roar of appreciation and left us salivating for more. Ah the magic of a production that delivers on every note, and high ones at that, making our job of being part of this amazing theatrical spectacle easier to share with others and in hopes that many more will enter through the gates of the Soiled Dove and experience it one day for themselves.

BIG BIG love to all of the performers, talented crew and of course to Vau De Vire for staging another great event. We’ll be sure to attend the next tantalizing show.



For tickets, including dinner packages visit:  www.thesoileddove.com



From The Vau de Vire Society, co-creators of the world renowned Edwardian Ball, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Phantasm Halloween, New Bohemia NYE and a decade of The Bay Area’s most creatively outrageous nightlife events, comes an immersive, circus-infused, scandalous and historic dinner-theater experience that will titillate your every sense. The Soiled Dove graces Downtown Oakland September 28th, with shows every Friday and Saturday evenings through November 17th…under Vau de Vire’s massive 12,000 sq. ft. Italian Big Top.  Yes, that’s a 12,000 sq ft Big Top, Circus tent erected in heart of Downtown Oakland for 2 months.

To enter The Soiled Dove is to step back into another world, inspired by the Bay Area’s notorious Gold Rush & Barbary Coast era. A fully built-out 19th-century outpost of decadence and delights, a replica of a 19th century Oakland saloon and dancehall, replete with all its characters and misfits. An evening filled, with decadent culinary creations served alongside world-renowned performances accompanied by a 10 piece live orchestra with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening.

Director/producer of The Soiled Dove, Mike Gaines says, “The Soiled Dove features over 40 performers and musicians collaborating to help transport guests back to the Barbary Coast circa 1890.”

Gaines explains how he and wife Shannon (Vau de Vire Society choreographer) found the Tortona Big Top, “After literally scouring the world high and low for exactly the right fit, serendipity led us to the Italian countryside where we discovered the beautiful and magical Tortona – a 12,000 square foot circus tent with ultimate charm and pizazz.  Inside we’ve built an intimate and exciting depiction of a happening saloon & Dance Hall set in Oakland circa 1890. The venue is adorned with multiple performance stages, a 50’ ceiling offering the canvas for an array of aerial feats, a tent-wide gallery of local artisans, sprawling lounges, craft vendors and expansive libations bar perfectly designed for illicit escapades.”

The Soiled Dove guests are treated like royalty by the most enticing courtesans on the Barbary Coast serving up an innovative 4-course food experience by the Bay Area-based, produce-focused Work of Art catering collective. Work of Art’s forward thinking and sustainable menus will be paired, with bespoke tantalizing libations at the Soiled Dove Saloon.

Every night The Soiled Dove welcomes guests to depart from the mundane, enjoy and explore a scandalous and sexy chapter in Bay Area history. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to submerge themselves in the revelry by putting a little (or a lot) of effort into their attire…styles that cover Victorian, Edwardian, 49er, Harlots, Crimps or one’s most stylish period couture.

What: Vau de Vire and Oakland Central present The Soiled Dove

TaglineAn immersive, circus-infused culinary extravaganza set in San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast red light district.

When: Every Friday & Saturday, September 28th through November 17th, 2018, 7:30pm (Dinner & Show) & 9:00pm (Show)

Where: Tortona Big Top in Downtown Oakland, 1911 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets: $53 Show to $137 Dinner & Show (includes 4-course dinner) – Ages 21+

For complete info on The Soiled Dove and to buy tickets go to:  www.Thesoileddove.com