Last year, Circ X, successfully raised funds from its fans to put on their 10th Anniversary "Retro-Spectacular" show, and this year, Miami's sexy, outrageous performance troupe is calling on supporters to help them do it again.
The troupe is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund its proposed Sept. 20 show at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. But if the goal isn't reached, there won't be a show because the funding is being raised through a Kickstarter campaign, says Diana Lozano, the owner and founder.
“It's both exciting and nerve-racking doing a Kickstarter," said Lozano. "On one hand, we’re well on our way to our goal, but, on the other hand, there’s always that little voice in your head that panics and says, "Well, what if we don’t make it?''' she added.
Kickstarter is all or nothing. Every project has a goal and a deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If it doesn't, no money is charged.
Thus far, the show has 82 backers, who have raised $2,580 has been raised towards the $3,000 goal. But if that full amount isn’t pledged by the Aug. 23, the money – and the show vanish.
Although people can contribute as little as a dollar, Lozano hopes supporters will pledge at least $15, which is essentially the cost of one admission. Those who pledge $15 or more get a ticket to the show, $30 fetches two tickets and so on. Higher priced packages come with more perks.
But the stakes are higher than just this show. Also on the table is Circ X’s dream of transforming the Fillmore’s green room into an affordable permanent Cabaret. The troupe won a $50,000 Knight Arts Foundation challenge grant last year to do just that. It's a matching grant, so Circ X has to raise the equal amount. This new show is one of the several events the troupe has been conducting the raise those funds.
Circ X, which has been described as “two parts circus, one part burlesque, a pinch of class and a dash of trash,” enjoys an enthusiastic following. Fans of their show, 'Chat Noir," which was housed at the South Beach club Dream several years ago are still mourning it's loss. A subsequent Circ X show, "Madame Monsters" at Score on Lincoln Road, also filled its seats. With the loss of such venues, though, it's no wonder that Circ X is seeking a permanent home.
To donate to Cirx X, as well as see a video of the troupe in action, click on the Kickstarter campaign link below.