Wanderlust Circus bringing inexplicable human stunts to town
The Wanderlust Circus will perform at the Missoula Winery Wednesday, June 25.
By SAMANTHA CHENEY for the Missoulian
Come one, come all to witness some of the most interesting human feats you will see all year. The Wanderlust Circus is coming to Missoula and it’ll be fun for the whole family. It will be at the Missoula Winery on Wednesday, June 25, with special guests from the Moksha Aerial Studio.
The Wanderlust Circus, based out of Portland, Oregon, was started by Noah Mickens and Nick “The Creature” Harbar.
“We wanted to feature human stunts that exceed expectations of the human body,” said Mickens, who is also the ringmaster.
It was founded eight years ago when the two men decided to combine their talents and love for the circus. Mickens had spent time managing several circuses throughout his time in Portland. The Creature spent his childhood on the road with his parents as a traveling gypsy band.
The circus will feature a pneumatophone, an air-powered keyboard created and played by the Creature, and unlike any others in the world. They have many different acrobatic acts that will be featured including Jenna, a singing acrobat who will perform her talents while flying through the air. They also have a new act – stacking people on top of one another to create a human pyramid along with using some chairs and tables in the act. Clowns and other hijinks are sure to ensue.
Mickens describes some of the acts as “hard to explain without seeing it in person.”
They are a smaller circus and like it that way. Mickens says he prefers being able to perform for a more intimate crowd. He believes the effect on the audience is better that way.
There will be no animals at the circus, however, because he finds that the feats of humans is more spectacular and the practices with animals at circuses “morally questionable.”
The circus will take place at the Missoula Winery and Event Center at 5646 W. Harrier Drive, near the Missoula airport. Contact the winery at (406) 830-3296 for more information.