The Ghostly Circus: Fire and Aerial Theater in the Cemetery


From the Anastenaria performed in villages in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria, to the Native American healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire, to Letuli Olo Misilagi and the Samoan Fire Knife dance; the addition of fire to performances and ceremonies has been a part of many different cultures for centuries. Fire dancing became popular in the United States in the mid-nineties and now this unique art form is coming to Laurel Hill Cemetery.

On Friday, May 20th the Cemetery will partner with 7textures, a creative group of styling and event design, to bring The Ghostly Circus to life. Somewhere between the clouds, the tombs, and Dante’s rings, the artists will build their stage evoking and encompassing the spirit of Laurel Hill with a dance on fire and in the air. This unique, other-worldly show will include fire dancing, aerial performers, theatrical sideshow, and a Dance with the Dead After-Party. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars. Fare from local food trucks will be available for purchase.

The event will take place on Friday, May 20th at 8:00pm. Gates open to the public at 7pm. Check-in is at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

The cost is $35/person on the day of the event.

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