Photo by Rose Callahan

Photo by Rose Callahan


About The No ring circus


The No Ring Circus is focused on the avant-garde fusion of theatre with circus. Using sideshow and traditional circus skills to tell a theatrical story, and not just as an accessory to one. We seek to rethink sideshow and circus skills outside of their niche and present them to a wider audience as intrinsic elements of our stories, not tokens. By blending them seamlessly with theatre, the audience experiences the traditional thrill associated with these skills, without compromising story or artistry. The company is comprised of world-class theatre professionals, accomplished musicians, and some of the most sought-after sideshow performers in America.

 CLOWNS is the first production from The No Ring Circus. It is a full-length clown theatre piece with an original score. A visit with Fiddles and Oboe is an evening of sinister comedy and nihilistic dread, as they play id and ego, offering equal parts amusement and horror while guiding their audiences through some of life's trickiest circumstances.

In November, 2018 The No Ring Circus' second show, PSYCHOPOMPS, will join sideshow skills with theatre. 


Eli Rose



"The Debonaire Mystic," Eli Rose is a New Orleans based sword swallower, MC, palm reader, sideshow performer, composer, and clown. He's the co-founder of The Little Top Circus and Medicine Show, New York's raucous turn-of-the-century revivalist tent show; Montreal's Debonaire & Derriere production duo; and The No Ring Circus. He's a regular cast member of both New Orleans' Bustout Burlesque and The Bad Girls of Burlesque. In addition, he's appeared in print in Grey Magazine and on film, in Cage The Elephant's music video for their hit, "Cold, Cold, Cold". Eli is both the composer and pianist for The Clown Orchestra. He's currently on tour across the United States peddling his own brand of dashing death defiance!



Daphne Rose Malfitano


Daphne is a writer, actress, sideshow performer, and director- frequently all at the same time. She has acted professionally from age four in theaters ranging from The Lyric Opera of Chicago, to NYC’s Company XIV, to sleazy dive bars. She studied at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the Lee Strasberg School, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Piven Theatre. Daphne is the librettist for two operas by Thomas Pasatieri, “The Family Room,” which premiered at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and “The Martyrs,” which premiered at DiCapo Opera Theatre in New York, and which she also directed. Her play “Paternus” was premiered in Los Angeles at Rogue Machine Theatre. She has also been published as a film critic, and freelance journalist.