Bacchanal Promotions is a fully insured entertainment company specializing in fire and circus arts. Based in the Detroit area, Bacchanal Promotions offers fire performance and other circus entertainment throughout the United States and Canada. We strive to deliver only the highest quality of entertainment, and offer a wide variety of unique and elegant acts for any setting. Available performances include fire breathing, fire eating, stilt walking, jumping stilt acrobatics, acrobalance, contact juggling, and many other fire and non-fire arts.
Bacchanal Promotions has provided our unique entertainment to all types of events from backyard family parties to professional sporting events, concerts, weddings, corporate functions, and everything in between. Our clients include Cirque Du Soleil, Aston Martin, Comcast, Primus, and hundreds more.
We pride ourselves on our professionalism and variety, and have a strong core of performers from various performance-related fields, offering over TWENTY unique acts with even just 3 performers. World-class guest performers are also available, making Bacchanal Promotions the perfect choice for all your entertainment needs.
Fire performance is one of our specialties, which we bring to a whole new level. We have 8 different fire acts including breathing, eating, spinning acts such as poi, and others which we utilize in our stage shows as well as strolling entertainment. We strictly adhere to the safety standards set by our insurance as well as the North American Fire Artists Association (NAFAA) guidelines, and have not had a single safety-related incident in well over 200 indoor and outdoor events since 2007.
Fire entertainment has a profound impact on the atmosphere of an event, and can add a unique element to many themes. Fire eating provides a seductive allure, while spinning acts such as poi, fans, staff, and rope-dart have an elegant beauty in their technical patterns. Fire breathing is of course the embodiment of power and energy.
In addition to fire, our performers are also masters in stilt performance. We don't stop at simple stilt walking however; we offer two different types of unique stilt performances. Perfect for meet-and-greets, crowded areas, festivals and parades, we have traditional stilts which push us nearly 10ft in the air. Towering over crowds we mingle with event guests, greet guests upon entrance, juggle, and even dance. Our stilt costumes are bright and eye-catching, and work wonderfully in many event settings.
If being tall just isn't enough, how about our jumping-stilt acrobats? Using spring-loaded stilts known as "Powerbocks", our performers stand roughly 2ft taller than normal, and can jump more than 6ft off the ground! Acrobatic tricks and flips never fail to draw attention, and are perfect for grand-openings, product launches, and any event where large-scale high-energy entertainment is required.
For those looking for something a bit obscure, Bacchanal Promotions is the obvious choice. Our stylish and elegant sideshow acts are second-to-none, rendering audiences speechless from confusion, awe and delight. Though they may look like magic tricks, our performers truly put themselves in uncomfortable and dangerous situations for your entertainment. From the "human blockhead" to "bed of nails" and everything in between, all of our sideshow acts are quite real. Sideshow is the perfect way to spice up your next event, and ensure your guests are talking about it for years to come.
Sword swallowing involves placing the blade of a solid steel sword into the performer's mouth, and pushing more than 16" of that blade down their throat. The sword passes into the oesophagus, literally pushes the heart aside, travels the full length of the oesophagus, and finally comes to rest at the bottom of the stomache. Sword swallowing is very dangerous, and takes years of dedication to perform safely. This act is not a trick, and does not use a fake sword or any other gimmick. Because of the extreme level of danger and difficulty, sword swallowing is one of the most exclusive performances found anywhere. Though sword swallowing has existed as a performance art for more than 4000 years, there are less than 100 sword swallowers in the world today. Andrew D'Ascenzo of Bacchanal Promotions is currently the only true sword swallower in Michigan, and is an active member of the Sword Swallower's Association International.
At Bacchanal Promotions we offer many types of circus entertainment, and have the experience and variety to build the perfect entertainment for your event. Whether it's juggling, unicycling, stilts, fire, sideshow, or anything else, we're here to ensure your event gets exactly what it needs. Call us today with your ideas, and we'll make your dream event a reality!
Andrew D'Ascenzo: Co-Owner
Lex D'Ascenzo: Co-Owner
Christopher: Core Performer
Joshua: Core Performer
Elton: Guest Performer
Cassie: Guest Performer
Irina: Guest Performer
Olivia: Guest Performer
Vince: Guest Performer
We are influenced by every aspect of our lives, each new performer we meet or act we see gives us insight into our own potential. We have many friends who helped us get to where we are now, and are always looking to make new ones. The most inspirational performances we have seen have been in the Cirque du Soleil, and performers we've known from their productions.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 480 minutes
Audience members at our stage show will experience a constant flow of fire and non-fire performance, gradually building to an exhilarating climax. Though the acts may look dangerous, they are all performed safely and with all necessary precautions in place. The acts are performed silently, to choreographed music or to the music already playing at the event (at client discretion.)
While strolling, acts are chosen based on audience reaction and other factors specific to each event. Each act is interactive and our elegant costumes, makeup, and personalities shine as we meet and greet each audience member enthusiastically.
During the planning phase of the event, we work closely with the client to ensure they receive the best entertainment possible. We are professionals on and off the stage, and strive to keep our clients happy throughout each phase of the event. We work hard to ensure we exceed all of our clients' expectations.
Stage shows can be coordinated using any size stage, however larger stage shows will allow more extravagant performances. Certain acts may be altered or omitted on smaller stages to maintain adequate safety.
All clients outside the US or requiring a commercial flight will be required to provide all fuels for performances, as flammable liquids are not permitted across borders or on planes.
FULL LIST OF ACTS
The following represents most of the acts available through Bacchanal Promotions. If you would like to know more about any of the acts listed below, please feel free to contact us, or find examples within our gallery. If you have a specific request that is not listed here, please contact us and if your request is beyond the scope of our available services, we will be happy to refer you to a reputable provider.
Fire Rope Dart
TRADITIONAL CIRCUS ACTS
MODERN "CIRQUE" ACTS
Jumping Stilt Acrobatics
Aerial Silks (and many other aerial arts)
Isolation Hoop Manipulation
Levi-stick (aka flow wand)
Razor Blade Eating
Bed of Nails
ToroFlux - 3D Spinning Slinky!
Magic & Sleight of Hand
Tarot Card Reading
These acts are only recommended for clients looking for extremely obscure and grotesque entertainment. These nationally touring acts require a larger budget and a stronger stomach than most of our other available acts. Book with caution.
Suspension (hanging from hooks in skin)
Natural-born human oddities
Several Multiple World-Record Holding sideshow acts.
2006: 65 gigs
2007: 65 gigs
2008: 85 gigs
2009: 85 gigs
2010: 85 gigs
2011: 120 gigs
2012: 58 gigs
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