Cheers to all of the lavish ladies and gentile gentlemen that joined in the shenanigans! We would not be able to produce these events without our fans, friends, family, and freaks support.

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From Vau de Vire Society – the co-creators of The Edwardian Ball, New Bohemia NYE, Lagunitas Beer Circus, the Tortona Big Top, and a decade of San Francisco’s most creatively outrageous nightlife events – comes an immersive, circus-infused, dinner-theater experience that will titillate your every sense.


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!

The Soiled Dove astounds


Treat your ears to a Wonka’s worth of musical confectionery via the original Soiled Dove score composed and conveyed by San Francisco’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 San Francisco’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.
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Jazz Mafia
Providing 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.
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Work of Art Catering
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-theatre 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.)
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Monarch Beverage Catering
From our home in the heart of SOMA on San Francisco, we at Monarch strive to perfect our cocktail craft daily while serving a global clientele. Our award winning bartenders bring a sophisticated approach to beverage catering, providing the distinctive taste for your momentous event and discerning guests. Innovative and individualized menus forged specifically for each client and affair. We make the craft cocktail experience accessible, interactive, and inviting.
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“Along with historic figures like Emperor Norton and Shanghai Kelly, performers and musicians tantalize and entertain while guests imbibe drinks and five courses. Costumes are encouraged.”


“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.”


“From the time the guests entered into a warehouse with set pieces reminiscent of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, to the incredibly diverse entertainment vignettes, and to a timed five-course gourmet meal, it was a high-energy and immersive evening with multiple delights coming at everyone from every angle.”


“Epic aerialists, circus and showgirl acts, a cracking live jazz big band with several amazing solo acts, luscious beauty and lascivious behavior all within the bounds of good taste….  And there’s no real line between the audience and performers.”



Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Shannon and Mike Gaines, the San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with its unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus events. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, sideshow acts, fire-performers, thespians and beautiful circus freaks. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in their creation of original stage shows. Notable recent collaborators include The Edwardian Ball (SF & LA) Cirque du Soleil (Corteo), San Francisco Symphony, Bassnectar, The Dresden Dolls, Calvin Harris and The Madd Vibe Orchestra, with live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure, and many other highly respected international artists.

In addition to producing The Edwardian Ball since 2005, Vau de Vire is most widely recognized for their numerous music and arts festival commissions, having curated live-music stages and multi-day variety entertainment amidst their custom built environments. Past and ongoing festivals include: Outside Lands Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Download Festival, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, Exprescion on Alcatraz, Burning Man and Super Village at Super Bowl ’08. Vau de Vire’s latest creation is Tortona, a 600-seat music, arts and experimental theater housed in an Italian circus tent located on The Taxiway at Alameda Point.

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