The Mata Hari Hustle is a combined labor of the creative and administrative talents of three production efforts:

SWINGTIME PDX (Russell Bruner)

Swing Time is a collaboration of everything in the realm of Swing. We organize live music events, offer swing dance instruction, performance and entertainment, and work with other groups and individuals to provide swing happenings. We do our best to preserve the energy of the swing era, and help carry it to the future.

Russ Bruner founded Swing Time as a project to provide and create more opportunities for swing bands and swing musicians to encourage and help them to provide dance events to the public. Today the project also includes the visual entertainment of the Swing Era as well.  Swing Time is highly involved with Circus, Cabaret, Burlesque, Vaudeville, and other Variety Shows in Portland and up and down the West Coast.


The ways of the Circus are older than the nightclubs, older than the banks, older than the cities. These most ancient of performative traditions have always existed just slightly to the left of the Mundane World. Now, at the first flickering of the 21st Century, our piebald clan is once again shedding its skin and remaking itself in the funhouse mirror image of The Second Great Depression.

To aid and abet this latest glorious rebirth, Wanderlust has established itself as the premiere circus operation in The City of Roses, helmed by Noah Mickens and Nick “The Creature” Harbar, and drawing from a roster of performers, designers and technicians from all the greatest shows on Earth. Acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, stilt dancers, trick ropers, jugglers and jazz-bos, crooners and clowns – these arts are our chosen creed, our map through the wilderness.


Catalyst is a fiscally sponsored non-profit under umbrella organization Fractured Atlas, founded and directed by dancer, actress, and vocalist Karolina Lux. Catalyst is a network dedicated to bringing performance artists of all types together, using the power of collaborative creativity to enlighten and educate mainstream America about a diversity of performance art. Catalyst is a means for professional artists not only to actively pursue solo careers, but also to manifest goals through a variety of theme-specific projects. Catalyst seeks to: CREATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE, INTEGRATE, and ELEVATE. Read more at link above!

Site design by Karolina. Catalyst is the host platform for the Mata Hari Indiegogo fundraising campaign, courtesy of sponsor, Fractured Atlas. (Donate to tour at!)


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