Our mission is to connect regular people with outstanding performers, sharing circus magic at public and private events through innovative, collaborative, cirque-inspired performances. We transform every event into an unforgettable experience. We provide professional, insured performers and cirque-inspired stage shows for fairs, festivals, private parties, special events, corporate functions and more. We offer a wide variety of acts, including acrobats, fire breathers, aerial dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers, fire dancers, clowns, balloon twisters, face painters, live body painters, magicians, fortune tellers and more.
With over 30 years collective experience, Katie, Kaci, and Liz, have collaborated to create a professional cirque-inspired performance company, where performers can connect with potential clients. We simplify the process of finding and booking professional performers so that more people can enjoy circus art and entertainment. We are growing our business in a way that is sustainable and feels good to both our clients and performers.
- Excellence in Customer Service
- Collaboration and Cooperation
- Honesty and Integrity
- Innovation and Inspiration
- Artistic Growth
- High Quality Cirque Entertainment
Owners Katie Bouterse, Liz Bliss, and Kaci Torres have almost three decades of combined experience booking performers, coordinating private and public events, and producing original shows. As the caliber of their performances has evolved, so has their desire to promote high quality acts and create next-level shows and events. The idea for Imagine Circus came as a logical next step to elevate the professionalism of performances, focusing on details including choreography, transitions, costuming, makeup, stage lighting, music, rigging safety, client experience, and performer growth. The three merged their previous production companies, AcroEntertainment and Flair in 2017 to create Imagine Circus. As performers, the trio has collaborated for over eight years, pushing the edge of circus talent in the Triangle area and expanding their influence beyond North Carolina, from Georgia to South Carolina to Tennessee to Virginia.
All three owners have been instrumental in the formation and growth the local circus community. In 2010 Katie and Kaci co-created and co-produced circusSPARK, an integral facet of Raleigh’s open source street festival, “SPARKcon,” a multi-day event that attracts over 75,000 people each year. All three owners have maintained leadership roles in this grassroots production, providing a platform for the local circus talent to share their magic with the greater community and building relationships with performers. Liz Bliss wrote and produced the successful show “Light Pours In,” a 90 minute cirque-style theatrical experience set to original, live music. Katie and Kaci were supporting performers in the show during its 2015 and 2016 tours. Katie and Kaci produced “Circus Maximus”, a Fourth of July show commissioned by the City of Raleigh in 2010 and again in 2012, that showcased over ten different cirque and fire acts.
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[Imagine Circus] came up to Richmond, VA and performed for an event at The Hat Factory called RVAlution--a 1,600 person dance party held every Tuesday during the summer. They were ready to perform by the arrival time, which was fantastic. Throughout the night they set a new level of expectations for "professional" from the other performers. Aside from their impeccable back-stage conduct they owned our stage every time they performed--working together or individually, and always on point. I would fervently recommend their services to anyone fortunate enough to encounter this nugget of talent.
...[Imagine Circus] is a super partner. Taking a concrete jungle full of concert-goers and turning it into a festival style atmosphere was the charge and boy did they deliver! The group is full of stewards of creativity with bedside manner, constantly getting crowds involved, interested and oo-ing and ahh-ing. Very importantly, with events, often things change midstream. The good folks at [Imagine Circus] put up with this change professionally and purposefully. Looking for something to spice up an event, give these good people a call. You will be grateful you did.
[Imagine Circus] is AMAZING. They are very talented entertainers that take pride in their work and share their talents with others. The price is right and more importantly they are REALLY good at what they do. I highly recommend this duo.