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© 2017 by TOPSY-TURVY QUEER CIRCUS. 

Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus organizes multidisciplinary circus arts productions that narrate queer stories and challenge and subvert traditional ideals of beauty, gender, sexuality and power.

India Davis

Artistic Director

India is guided by themes of multi-dimensionality, spirit, and the link between legacy, timelessness and future manifestation through the body. A trained acrobat and aerialist, India Sky combines physical feats with dance to illustrate the breadth of her inspirations.  Also skilled in moving image and writing, India has been a solo and collaborative creator of numerous productions spanning a variety of disciplines. In February 2016 she completed a solo multidisciplinary performance and visual art show, An Angel's Manifesto which included site specific pole performance and photo series.  She is the Artistic Director of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, and in 2016 India created PARADISE, a large scale afro-surrealist circus narrative told in three parts over three years.  PARADISE recently completed its second production in June 2017, and the last part of the trilogy will be complete in May 2018.  When not in the theater India can be found performing within the bars and clubs of Bay Area queer nightlife. She also teaches regular aerial hoop and pole dance classes in Oakland California, including weekly classes specifically for Queer and Trans People of Color. www.indiaskydavis.com

Indi McCasey

Managing Director

Indi believes in the power of the arts as a catalyst for social change. Born and raised in the South Bay Area, Indi has spent over 20 years as an educator in experiential and informal learning environments focused on public access, healthy relationships, and creative practice. They co-founded two nationally touring physical theater ensembles in addition to being a former artistic member of Wise Fool New Mexico. Indi is a former artist-in-residence at Harvard’s Project Zero and a recipient of the 2013 Endeavor Foundation for the Arts Artist Award.

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FEATURED ARTISTS

Honey Mahogany

A homegrown San Francisco treat, Honey Mahogany gained worldwide fame as a cast member on Season 5 of the reality television cult phenomenon RuPaul's Drag Race. Since Drag Race, Honey has been hard at work making music and making notable appearances on the theatrical stage as well as the silver screen. She was recently named San Francisco's Best Drag Cabaret performer by the Bay Area Reporter (2016) and has become a sought after performer and emcee across the country. Honey currently hosts her own drag show and RuPaul's Drag Race viewing party at the Midnight Sun in the Castro called Mahogany Mondays.

Marshall Jarreau

Marshall Jarreau is a professional dancer and circus aerialist. He began his dance training in the BFA dance program at the University of Colorado in Boulder. From Colorado, he began performing around the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 5 years and was also a top finalist on the first season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. In 2010, Marshall began formal training as an aerialist at the New England Center for Circus Arts and, afterward, was featured as the Walrus character and dancer in Cirque Du Soleil’s LOVE. While in Las Vegas, he returned to school to get his certification in massage therapy and, in his spare time, took 1st place in the Men’s Divison of the 2013 Pole Expo. He is currently teaching dance, circus, and Zumba classes in the San Antonio area and performing throughout the US. 

Kiebpoli Calnek

Kiebpoli “Black*Acrobat” Calnek is an actress, aerialist, and director. She is a graduate of CCNY, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and of the Actors’ Equity Association. Her works have received generous funding and support from Elizabeth Streb, Astrea Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Kiebpoli is the proud founder and artistic director of Black*Acrobat, a social enterprise that seeks to empower fringe communities through the vertical world of aerial acrobatics with devised theatrical performances. Our shows tackle provocative dark subjects and re-imagine stories of the black diaspora. Fusing arts & activism by depicting what seems impossible, Black*Acrobat endeavors to educate, inspire, and sustain community (r)evolution. 

​Brandon Kazen-Maddox

Brandon Kazen-Maddox is a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreterandblends the linguistics of ASL, the explosive qualities of acrobatics and the technique of various styles of dance to cultivate a new form of performance art he has named American Sign Language Acrobatic Dance, or ASLAD. Brandon has performed works of ASLAD in 2014 Bay Area Deaf as well as the Black Choreographer’s Festival through his performance company, Body.Language.Productions.

The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins

The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is a performance artist, stand up comedian, designer/seamstress/milliner, writer, burlesque sensation and organizer of note. Ms. Jenkins is the Development Associate at the Queer Cultural Center and Coordinator for the National Queer Performing Arts Summit (August 18-21.2016). From her work with The National Femme Conference, to the Mondo Homo Music Festival-Atlanta and producing her own touring and local productions, she knows her way onstage and in that crucial behind-the-scenes work.

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OUR VISION

We expand ideas of what types of bodies can take flight, how we can catch each other when we fall, and whose stories we can be telling. 

WHAT WE DO

We push the edge of what circus is and where it can take you by creating performances that center the experiences of multidisciplinary performing artists of color.  

OUR COMMUNITY

Over the years we've forged a community of performing artists from across the country as well as built a loyal following amongst Bay Area queer communities.