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 historical 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 30th 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.