June 10, 2013 by Rob Hurlbut
Entering Victory Theater
For the first time in almost a year, I got to see a Technomania Circus show at Victory Theater. As the self proclaimed biggest fan of the show and after posting many photos and videos from past circuses, I can say that this was EXACTLY what I needed right now. The performance on this particular night was a blacklight and vaudeville theme preceded by an art show. Many of the paintings and pieces of multi-media artwork were created by the very talented performer and artist, Surly Gurly. Not only did her art grace the walls of the theater, she also graced us with some aerial acrobatics with silk ropes and a hoop during the show.
For the rest of the summer, Technomania Circus will be hosting shows every Saturday night at their venue, Victory Theater which is located at 2558 Imperial Ave. in San Diego. It is, as you will see from the photos and video in this post, fun for the entire family and with a different show every week, you will always want to come back for more.
“Are We Free Yet?” By Surly Gurly
When you attend a Technomania Circus show you get more than just the show. The Technomaniacs and Victory Theater are the epicenter for the artist scene in San Diego. Singers, dancers, musicians artists, painters and even lowly photographers will eventually make their way to a Technomania show. It is almost as rite of passage and afterwards you will be able to say that you are on your way to making big with the San Diego art crowd. The photo above is another of Surly Gurly’s pieces that was on the wall of the theater. It is titled, “Are We Free Yet?”
Victory Theater Men’s Bathroom
Even the bathroom walls are adorned with vintage ads, art and lots of other stuff. The Technomaniacs live to entertain and they want to make sure that their audience has a good time. With an entire wall in the men’s restroom dedicated to beer ads, I think the tone is very well set.
Technomania Circus Band
When the band starts playing and Dr. Techno appears on stage on stilts, you know the show is about to get underway. They started to play a song that I can only imagine was titled, “In My Pants,” and as they played, the cast slowly emerged from Dr. Techno’s giant pants.
Technomania Circus Dancers
Dancing is always a big part of any Technomania Circus show so it was not completely unexpected to see three women rocking out on stage right off the bat.
Surly Gurly On Silk Ropes
Surly Gurly, the artist & performer made a several appearances during the show. She dazzled us with aerial performances that were done high enough off the ground that the lack of a safety net made for some breath holding moments.
Richard “Fingers” Canedo And Dr. Techno
Richard “Fingers” Canedo, pictured on the left is probably one of the most amazing pianists I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. He has been a part of every show that I’ve been to and his piano/keyboard provides a backdrop of music that helps to make every Technomania Circus show very special.
Shadow Puppets And The Victory Theater Audience
Of course, Dr Techno is the guy behind the guy. Above we can see him performing shadow puppet theater. Notice just how close the audience is to the stage. Technomania Circus shows are events where audience participation is part of the good time. As audience members, we might get asked to go on stage, read lines or even get to have some bacon. Yes, bacon has been served to the audience at the show before.
At the beginning of this post, I said it was a blacklight and vaudeville show, so by now, I’m sure you’re ready to see some blacklight photos. Here they are!
The Cast Of Technomania Circus
The show wrapped up with the entire cast donning pointy hats with letters on them that, as they sang a custom song to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, eventually spelled out Technomania. It was a great show, very funny, original and visually appealing. Two thumbs up and I can’t wait to go to another show. Cheers!