The Soiled Dove Experience
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. For 2019, The Soiled Dove graces Downtown Oakland September 20th, with shows every Friday and Saturday evenings, through December 7th…under Vau de Vire’s massive 12,000 sq. ft. circus tent, the Tortona Big Top!
Behold confounding circus performers, delicious dancers, salacious singers, voracious villains, hapless heroes, and masterful musicians, all of the highest caliber!
Indulge in an extraordinarily tasty 4-course dinner brought to you by local culinary phenoms, Work of Art, and hand-delivered by the cast!
Join in the carousing via a wide array of debaucherous adult beverages, nary an arm’s length away at our Soiled Dove Saloon!
Treat your ears to a Wonka’s worth of musical confectionery via the original Soiled Dove score composed and conveyed by Oakland’s acclaimed Jazz Mafia.
Step foot into the whimsical Barbary Coast-flavored world we’ve created and you instantly become one of us, as much as part of the theatrics as those four aerialists floating overhead.
Visit a bygone era nearly 150 years past, dripping with questionable behavior, loose morals, and all manner of other delectable goodies.
Vau de Vire Society
Spawned from the depths of the Bay Area’s thriving circus and dance subcultures, Vau de Vire Society has ravaged and redefined live entertainment for nearly 15 years, causing jaws to drop in awe and garnering admiration around the world. This avant-cabaret collective consists of classically trained dancers, some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, and circus sideshow acts, an array of unique fire performers, a bevy of gifted thespians, and a barrage of the most enticing go-go’s.
Proving the musical accompaniment for the ensemble pieces throughout the night are Bay Area veterans Jazz Mafia, made up of members from Realistic Orchestra and the Shotgun Wedding Quintet. Led by musical director Adam Theis, dance/musical liaison Shaina Evoniuk, and lyricist Dublin, Jazz Mafia provides the musical means for audiences to travel back in time to when the streets of San Francisco were covered in dirt and often splattered with a bit of blood.
Work of Art
San Francisco-based green catering company, Work of Art, shapes an integrated, experiential culinary event. Joining visionary forces with Vau de Vire Society, WoA creates an immersive adventure that encourages guests to participate in the four-course dinner-theater performance from the Barbary Coast era. The Soiled Dove guests experience the chaos of the times with presentations from food hawkers, scooping delights from rustic California gold pans, and finishing with a goblet of chocolate mousse (vegetarian options are available upon request).
Who would have thought that a naval base parking lot could transform into an 1800’s bohemian circus oasis flanked by over 40 leather and lace burlesque performers? Well, the creative minds at The Vau de Vire Society struck gold again, bringing their impressive Tortona Big Top tent to Alameda Point.
Fans of interactive theater and living history who want to commune with their inner Edwardian in a raucous, Barbary Coast bordello atmosphere need look no farther than Vau de Vire Society’s ‘The Soiled Dove.’ A dinner-entertainment event that’s similar to – but more raunchy and informal – than the late, lamented Teatro ZinZanni.
It is what The Barbary Coast might have been like in someone’s wildest fantasy. It is the sexy, talented, great food version of that era. Guests can expect an engaging evening filled with danger, decadence, circus, and a culinary spread worthy of royalty … a very unique show.
Nowhere in the Bay Area can you now see the vaudeville delights that come with a ‘The Soiled Dove’ ticket under the big top circus tent at Alameda Point. It is wild with delightful and sultry singing and dancing, a scrumptious dinner for those who can splurge and, perhaps most important, mesmerizing with acrobatic feats seen only here outside of Cirque de Soleil.
What would it have been like to see Cirque du Soleil in 1984 with just a few hundred people in Montreal? Alameda is having a moment right now. You’ve got a rare opportunity to witness an early incarnation of something that is destined to become a cultural landmark.
‘The Soiled Dove’ spills over with talent and action for those who like their entertainment more lavish and frantic than a three-ring circus.
Tantalizing, titillating, terrifying. ‘The Soiled Dove’ is all that and more. Be prepared for an evening of thrills, trills, and toe tapping as circus performers, musicians, and dancers provide a variety of entertainment. And enjoy a sumptuous feast and tasty swill as you absorb the evening’s amusements.
What do you get if you cross a Cirque du Soleil acrobat with a Las Vegas showgirl, then have her cut loose to avant-cabaret tunes? A Vau de Vire Society performer, of course! Mike and Shannon Gaines’s bawdy, sophisticated outfit has been titillating Bay Area audiences for a decade, whether at the renowned Edwardian Ball, at one of its kinky New Year’s Eve shows at the Armory, or at Soiled Dove, a ribald tribute to the Barbary Coast. A Vau de Vire show delivers equal measures of eroticism, athleticism, and wit, served up with panache.
The Soiled Dove is more than circus or vaudeville revival. It’s beyond your wildest idea of what a burlesque dinner theater could be. It turns the concept of a historical musical like Hamilton inside out and places you in the center of the action. When you enter the Soiled Dove you embark on a journey into a world of wonders that transcends time and space.
What’s the address of the event?
Tortona Big Top at 1911 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94611
What are some of the logistical details I should know?
The Soiled Dove is a unique immersive experience where patrons move freely through the venue. Seating is first come, first served.
For our Distinguished Dinner Guests enjoying our scrumptious 4-course dinner, the venue opens at 7:30PM. We ask that you arrive between 7PM and 7:30PM. There will be an extended cocktail hour with the first course passed.
For Soiled Patrons, doors open at 9:00PM for the Main Show.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the venue?
This is a 21+ event. Please bring a valid ID (driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport).
Does the bar take credit cards?
The bar takes cash and credit/debit cards. There will NOT be an ATM onsite.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the performance?
In addition to street parking, there are a number of parking garages and lots in the area. Make sure to check closing hours.
Is there a dress code?
We highly suggest coming adorned in thematic attire! The time period for The Soiled Dove is turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco, during the California Gold Rush. The scene is the Barbary Coast, the infamous red-light district, a place of decadence, debauchery, and drinking!
Who do I contact with a special meal request (vegetarian, vegan, gf, nut allergy, etc.)?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details, and include your name, confirmation number, and the date you are attending.
Is photography allowed?
Cellphone picture taking is allowed. No flash photography! No cameras with attachable lenses!
Who do I contact with any questions?
Please email email@example.com and include your name, confirmation number and the date you are attending.