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Big Top Tent Pitched for Cirque Berzerk 20-Show Run

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Cirque Berzerk Tent up for June - July 2009 run in Los Angeles State Historic Park

If you've been by Los Angeles State Historic Park in the past week, you've likely noticed a gigantic red-and-white-striped big top tent. Perhaps you wondered why a tent would be necessary in LA, the stationary circus town in which you live.

But this time, we implore you to take a closer look. The circus is in town this month and it's not your grandmother's circus. LA-based Cirque Berzerk is returning to the old "Not a Cornfield" state park for a 20-show run over two weeks starting June 18th. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable night of fire, aerobatics, burlesque, clowning, original music and dance under the bizarro big top.

Cirque Berzerk took over the park last July as well -- a short run that was extended -- for their mesmerizing show "Beneath" (check out the clips below and the photoessay here). This year's show is in eight acts: Lust, Death, Fire, Siren, Debonair, Skin, Evil, Flight.

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Tickets for Cirque Berzerk are on sale now, with shows Thursday through Sundays June 18 - July 5 (two shows Fri, Sat, and Sun nights). Your ticket includes pre- and post-parties in the park.

Photo of tent by Ari Zadok for Cirque Berzerk
video by Lisa Borodkin for LAist.