What transpires in the human mind during the final seconds of life?
Step into Circus Phantasmagoria, an odyssey into the profound mysteries of life, death, and the boundless universe of the mind. This immersive and interactive experience, created by Alterra Productions in collaboration with the Friends of Laurel Hill, is an invitation to wander the labyrinthine corridors of the human mind via the physical pathways of Laurel Hill East Cemetery.
Your host inside this extraordinary realm is the Liminial Initiative, a visionary company at the crossroads of technology and human consciousness. Through the revolutionary concept of Physiotourism–which utilizes our cutting-edge, proprietary technology to bridge sensorial perception and the metaphysical–you will be granted open access to a psyche on its journey into the afterlife. Don't miss your chance to embark on this unparalleled adventure where mind and spirit converge. VIP experiences available.*
As you roam the cemetery’s illuminated paths and hidden corners, you’ll meet a captivating cast of acrobatic entities and otherworldly beings who sketch the boundaries of altered consciousness at the brink of death. Prepare to make your way toward the bridge to the other side, and relish a cirque-tacular conclusion of high-flying feats while seated amidst the tombstones of Laurel Hill’s permanent residents.
Your personal narrative of the afterlife will be shaped by the stories you hear, the creatures you encounter, and the choices you make during your exploration. Whether you take in as much as you can in one night or return for a new journey, your experience will be uniquely yours.+
*Inquire upon arrival
+ Consciousness data rates may apply
The second half of the event is seated. BYO Blankets and chairs will be checked upon arrival and moved to the end stage for your convenience.
Since 1978, the Friends of Laurel Hill has continued to serve as stewards of two historic cemeteries as well as curating year-round programs, tours, and events. Laurel Hill East is a Victorian cemetery founded in 1836, a National Historic Landmark, and an immersive outdoor performance environment for shapeshifters and taphophiles.
Dates: October 1, 2023
Laurel Hill East
3822 Ridge Avenue
General Admission: $45
At Alterra Productions, we are a vibrant community of artists, storytellers, and creatives who come together to create unforgettable experiences. Our work is inspired by a love of movement and a passion for telling stories, blending circus, dance, and aerial arts with traditional and modern theatrical techniques to create immersive, interactive productions that transport our audiences to other worlds.
We pride ourselves on creating work that is both thought-provoking and entertaining, challenging our audiences to engage with complex themes while also inspiring joy and wonder. Our shows are not just passive experiences, but active engagements that invite our guests to participate in the creative process and even help shape the outcome.
Our team is headed by femme powerhouses Kaitlin Chin, Kat Stroot, and Jasmine Glover.
Contact the Fringe Festival Box Office for up to date accessibility information.
This event takes place at Laurel Hill Cemetery, and as such guests will be near to various mortuary monuments, grave sites, and other structures serving the permanent residents. No one is allowed to step onto or touch gravestones or monuments. The show itself will deal with themes of death and afterlife, and traverses the site as part of the storytelling.
The first half of the event invites guests to wander through the cemetery at night across paved roads, flat grass pathways, and uneven grass amongst tombstones. It is possible to enjoy the show while staying on paved pathways. Guests with serious mobility concerns should email email@example.com to learn more about the accessible shuttle route option. Very limited seating is available and the shuttle will run once on each show date.
Blankets and chairs are "bring your own" and can be checked at the entrance, and picked up at the seated area further into the cemetery. There will be cash bars available for audience members 21+. Please expect to show identification.
This event does not require proof of vaccination to attend or masks to be worn