Gemini & Scorpio's Lost Circus at the Irondale Center

Run away and join the circus at this Fort Greene party

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It would be a pity to let those juggling skills get rusty.

Instead of practicing by themselves, stilt walkers, contortionists, and jugglers can join Gemini & Scorpio’s Lost Circus for a night of spectacles and specialties where audience members aren’t just sitting holding their breaths, they’re wearing costumes and makeup, too, and showing off their inner circus freaks.

“Lost Circus is a party. It’s not a show,” said curator Larisa Fuchs, who is a co-founder of Gemini & Scorpio. “There are no assigned seats. The audience is not required to sit and behave.”

Billed as “circus and dark cabaret with a steampunk twist,” the Lost Circus is one of the many social performance extravaganzas hosted by Gemini & Scorpio, originally an online dating service for creative, artistic young people.

It quickly morphed into an events company that put on inventive activities for singles and couples alike, such as art installations, face painting, and photo booths.

“We couldn’t find the kind of events in New York City that we wanted to go to,” said Fuchs. “So we made them ourselves.”

The goal is to entertain, more so in the sense of a dinner party than a show, so there are some rules including an elaborate dress code that encourages dark cabaret, funky formal, Tim Burton-esque looks, and welcomes “stilts and characters.”

“We require costuming at every event,” said Fuchs. “We have to feel they are part of the event. We want to see that you read the invite and you want to be here.”

And like any good party, there’s plenty of steampunk marching band music, gypsy punk accordions, and slapstick curmudgeons performing skits.

Shayfer James, who plays dark, theatrical music, and is planning an act featuring a fire dancer, said Gemini & Scorpio events bring together elements from all corners of the New York City performance world.

“Larisa is great because she puts artists in touch with each other and says, ‘Why don’t you do something together?’ ” said James. “She has great vision.”

Though there will be plenty of planned and unplanned performances by circus aficionados and sideshow enthusiasts, there’s no limit to the oddities and whimsies guests can bring, as long as everyone is excited to be there — and be weird.

“If people want to show up with hoola hoops or flags, they are welcome to,” said Fuchs. “We want everyone to bring their own elements.”

Gemini and Scorpio’s Lost Circus at the Irondale Center (85 S. Oxford St., between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Saturday, Aug. 11, 8–9 pm, VIP tea salon, $35; 9pm–late party, $25; after 1 am, $10.

Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
"service for creative, artistic young people". creative, artistic young people? whats withe the code words. Call them what they are:
And since when does a circus, party, cabaret or whatever need a "curator"? I just love when the transplants assign themselves little self important tittles.
Aug. 4, 2012, 10:59 am
Pat I from That 70's Brooklyn says:
I got a great venue for them. it's called "Ye Olde Triangle Shirt Factory".

F**ck me. Where's Bill The Butcher when you need him most?
Aug. 4, 2012, 9:47 pm
Brain Transplant from Breukelen says:
So, I guess "SwampYankee" is, what, a Wampanoag Native whose ancestors lived in a teepee and dug out oysters on the shores of Gowanus Creek?

All of NYC is filled with "transplants," you dip——. That's what NYC is and always has been. One group of transplants displacing the next.
Aug. 5, 2012, 6:57 pm
old time brooklun from slope says:
swamp = i am here as long as you - ligten up du
Aug. 5, 2012, 7:15 pm
James Bigman from The Heights says:
I think everyone can agree the men are not handsome and the women are not flattered by their chosen costumes. Perhaps these less fortunates,yes in most ways losers, should just be allowed to continue their childlike fantasies. Soon enough they will miss the sound of garage door openers and the roar of ride-on mowers, and they will leave. Looks like the women are badly out numbered, or isn't that a problem.
Aug. 6, 2012, 1:56 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Yes Brain, everyone is a transplant.......BUT NOT FROM OHIO! Immigrants are the backbone of this country but we are looking for hard working immigrants. Not midwest Fauxhimians looking to extend their liberal-arts collage campus to Brooklyn for a gritty urban staycation. You move in , jack up rents, chase all the brown people out, turn the whole neighborhood into white bread Disney land, get priced out by yuppies and leave behind a desert of blandness while you metastasize into the next "cool nabe" to destroy. You can't even buy a quart of milk or find a hardware store because of all the coffee shops and cool trendy resteraunts that will be turned into cupcake shops in 6 moths. Take you bike lanes,your ——ty music, your lumber jack beards, your fedoras, your ART ART ART ART ART, your pencil thin arms, your graffiti blogs, your baristas , your Sunny D & Rice Krispy treats and move back to CulDesSacie Wisconsin where you came from.
Aug. 6, 2012, 7:32 am
BrooklynNative says:
Hey SwampYankee, Larisa Fuchs is an immigrant, from the Soviet Union, not from Ohio. She works hard and is the real deal. She's not into the Fauxho artist thing, her parties are genuine. We're lucky that Brooklyn has her.
Aug. 6, 2012, 9:32 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Maybe, but our friend Brian with the oh so twee misspelling of Brooklyn is flying his hipster flag high
Aug. 6, 2012, 11:56 am
Sxip Shirey from Prospect Heights says:
SwampYankee, you don't don't know what your talking about, Larisa Fuchs is from Odessa and one of the hardest working people I know.

I perform sometimes at her events. My Grandmother was from Albania, my Grandfather was a barber/gangster in Gary, Indiana, they both went through Ellis Island. I am not a hipster. I am an artist. I am a working composer. I didn't go to college for this but traveled and learned and worked my ass off. Do I count enough for you?

Larisa puts on the kind of parties that made this city famous back in the day. She just doesn't just sit and —— about things, she actually makes things happen. Get it?
Aug. 7, 2012, 12:49 am
Where is my Brooklyn from Park Slope? Not sure anymore! says:
What the hell is going on here? The city fathers have just let these a-holes run amok in this town. Since when is it ok to let people get away with "flash mobs" (first responders won't be able to reach real citizens should something happen}, climbing on the Williamsburg Bridge (art?), another guy climbing up a billboard to propose (puhleezeee) or riding around on bikes with no breaks ( sounds like the idiots are looking to be charged with manslaughter after running over some old lady), sustainable gardening on roofs (can these 100 plus year old roofs carry the load? Timber!). There are alot of these events that I am sure are in violation of some city codes. But all of the above are ok because they are Hipster doings. If a minority did any of them they would be in the hoosegow in no time flat. When is this going to end?
Aug. 12, 2012, 10:30 pm
Tuesday says:
I bet at least 12 of them have bedbugs or use drugs.
Aug. 14, 2012, 5:01 pm
Captan Zorikh says:
There are three kinds of people: Doers, tourists and ironists. Dooers do things because it is what they do (cowboys, recreational bowlers, artists). Tourists do things because they think it might be fun to try it once (dude ranch customers, people who try bowling once, Learning Annex art class students). Ironists do things because they think it is ironic to do so (white suburban young people who move into an "up-and-coming" neighborhood who start kickball leagues and drink BPR sitting on lawn chairs on the sidewalk on Sunday afternoon while wearing carefully selected thrift-store t-shirts), and kind of ruin it for the doers and get in the way of the honest tourists. "Hipsters," as the term is used today, are ironists. The trouble is that they have so successfully supplanted the public view of the artists (doers) that people who don't know the difference can't tell the difference.

That having been said, Larisa Fuchs is a doer. Her parties, the people who perform at them, and many f the people who attend them are doing what they honestly what to do. These events are opportunities for people the express themselves, explore something new, have fun, and meet people with similar interests. In that regard it is not that different from a motorcycle rally or tailgate party.

I was at the party last night and enjoyed the heck out it and am glad it happened. If this kind of artistic event leads to gentrification (inevitable) that is a fact of life, a force of nature. History is nothing but the story of change, and those that have lasted longest are those that have either led change or figured out how to benefit from it. Those that are remembered are those that initiate it and make the most of it. I object to rising prices and the death of low-income neighborhoods through gentrification as much as anyone, but artists are not the only ones responsible. through the hipsters share a great degree of the blame, and corporations and governments that serve them share an almost criminal amount of responsibility.

So the moral of this story is if you found a good place to be, make the most of it, because it will not last. Plan and prepare for the inevitable change, and decide if you want to become an instrument of it or a victim.

I can't wait for the next G&S event.

PS: I m a native NYer who moved into Williamsburg in 1990 and watched the neighborhood change around me, just as the rest of the city has, for better and worse.
Aug. 11, 2013, 2:06 pm

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