We had the good fortune of connecting with Rainbow Milita and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rainbow, how do you think about risk?
We are no strangers to taking risks as performers, producers, and artists. Performance art is all about leaning into expression, vulnerability, and sometimes even physical feats that defy gravity! The first risk you take is putting yourself out there, and the second is believing that you can make a lifestyle as an alternative as a theater a daily reality! This industry often requires us to blaze our own trail and to make opportunities where there are none. Immersive Circus shows take a great deal of creativity and problem solving, especially in 2020. Last year our industry went completely dark and our team had to find ways to make shows possible while keeping our audiences safe.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Rainbow Militia is a women-owned entertainment production company. We specialize in unconventional collaborations and experiences that go beyond the typical, bringing guests into another world. We also take great pride in working with a diverse community of artists here in Denver. Our roster consists of professional circus artists, musicians, lighting designers, visual artists, actors, and more! Our mission is to broaden the accessibility of circus and live music through alternative activations. Our productions have been nothing short of ingenious. At the heart, what we do is interactive, hands-on, and personal. We think of multiple ways to customize an event from sensory design elements to character & storyline. Often our clients get custom-made acts and each of our productions have a newly designed “universe”. It’s like building a puzzle, and truthfully making the fantastical a business is no easy affair. It’s not uncommon for us to be designing from the inside out before there is a promised budget or even a booking! In 2020 we had new limitations with social distancing requirements. Our cast explored ways of captivating audiences from behind plastic barriers, and we found ourselves literally knocking down walls in venues to create more space and ventilation for our productions. Truthfully the lesson we learned is something we’ve known all along… that our community is resilient. Not only do we get creative within our work, but we must create solutions and opportunities outwardly as well. There is no final destination as an artist, it’s just what adaptation you’re taking at that moment, and we can say we are very proud of how we have faced the challenges. Our next production in March will feature 20+ artists in a socially distanced, Greek mythology-inspired experience at Exdo Event Center, where we will join forces with Prismajic to take on our newest unique challenge: creating a four-ring otherworldly circus! Visit celestial-chaos.com for more info!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Your itinerary in Denver would consist of going to Leon gallery or the Dairy Block to catch some sweet local art & music, hitting up Middleman for some tasty drinks and corndogs, and finishing the day at the Clocktower to catch some burlesque! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Rainbow Militia would like to give a shoutout to our friends from Circus Foundry over at Apex Denver! We are inspired by their constant commitment to building community through volunteer outreach and collaborations with various performance companies in the city. Our team looks forward to working with their founders on our upcoming production, Celestial Chaos!
Photos by Martha Wirth Photography