Circo de los Horrores: The making of a monster

  • Suso Silva, creator of Circo de los Horrores, which has been thrilling audiences in Europe for more than five years, makes its American debut in Miami. The show is a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. The setting is a 19th century Gothic cemetery and follows the life of Nosferatu, once human now turned vampire, and his daughter Sara, as they resurrect the dead and bring life to a circus filled with phantoms and ghouls. It is performed at the James L. Knight Center, tickets range from $20.00 to $80.00. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva, left, his wife, Raquel Maldonado, center, and their daughter, Sara Silva, 10, stars of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain. Suso Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. The setting is a 19th-century Gothic cemetery and follows the life of Nosferatu, once human now turned vampire, and his daughter Sara, as they resurrect the dead and bring life to a circus filled with phantoms and ghouls. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The cast performs a preview show of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva, creator of Circo de los Horrores, begins his makeup, before the preview, Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The show, from Spain, is a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 26 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva, right, applies his grease paint, his wife Raquel Maldonado helps. The makeup will transform him into Nosferatu. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva's box of facial parts. Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva applies his nose. Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva wears contact lenses for his part of Nosferatu, a vampire, in Circo de los Horrores. The show's setting is a 19th century Gothic cemetery and follows the life of Nosferatu, once human now turned vampire, and his daughter Sara, as they resurrect the dead and bring life to a circus filled with phantoms and ghouls. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva with his contact lenses. Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva adds his fangs as he prepares to play the role of Nosferatu. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Suso Silva paints tiny veins to complete his character, Nosferatu. Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sara Silva, 10, left, watches her mother, Raquel Maldonado, center, apply finishing touches to the makeup of her father, Suso Silva. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Raquel Maldonado, left, checks the application of her husband's ears. Suso Silva, right, is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. The setting is a 19th-century Gothic cemetery and follows the life of Nosferatu, once human now turned vampire, and his daughter Sara, as they resurrect the dead and bring life to a circus filled with phantoms and ghouls. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Raquel Maldonado, wife of Suso Silva, applies her makeup. Silva is the creator of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Several of the monster masks in the dressing room of Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Marina Benites, right, who plays the haunted contortionist, stretches before their preview show of Circo de los Horrores. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Abelardo Basden plays the "Demon" in Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Characters get the finishing touches of their makeup for the press preview show, Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, is a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Actors ready for a preview for the press of Circo de los Horrores on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The show, from Spain, is a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Laura Diaz Ward, right, the bride, and her husband, Andres Diaz, get ready for a preview performance of Circo de los Horrores a show from Spain that blends human circus and horror. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Circo de los Horrores, from Spain, a blend of human circus and horror featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, dancers and gymnasts from around the world. The setting is a 19th century Gothic cemetery and follows the life of Nosferatu, once human now turned vampire, and his daughter Sara, as they resurrect the dead and bring life to a circus filled with phantoms and ghouls. It is performed at the James L. Knight Center, tickets range from $20.00 to $80.00. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF