Circus Amok Parks Tour Plays Sundays in September 9/26-28
Obie and Bessie Award-winning Circus Amok, New York City's only one-ring, traveling political circus, once again lands in neighborhood parks throughout the city for the world premiere of its new 2014 production. All performances have a running-time of one hour and are free to the public, playing Saturdays and Sundays, September 6 - 28, 2014.
From the worlds of Ringling brothers Circus, Bread and Puppet Theater, the Judson dance theater, the new burlesque, and the Theater of the Ridiculous springs Circus Amok!! In this extravaganza not to be missed, the multi-talented, seven-member troupe and five-piece Circus
Amok Band will amaze and astound audiences with a thrilling escapade of climate chance, dystopia vs. utopia, and the future of our own New York City. This bona fide traveling circus, which tours public parks from Coney Island to the Bronx, will delight and incite audiences throughout the city.
This year, we encounter a heroine at a climate change crossroads! After a mystifying and bewildering vision of the earth at two disparate ends, our desperate circus performer and former operatic contralto must act in haste to in order to save the earth from plunging off the tight rope of doom into the pit of big box capitalism....or will the Raging Goddesses reach their apoplectic hands into the fate of us all?
The performance schedule is as follows:
Saturday, September 6:
ST MARY'S PARK, South Bronx
St. Ann's Avenue & East 149th Street
2, 5 to 3rd Ave - 149th Street
Sunday, September 7th:1:00pm and 4:00pmCONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn12th Street and the Boardwalk F, Q to W8th Street, D, N to Stillwell Avenue
Saturday, September 13:
2:00pm and 5:00pm
SOCRATES SCULPTURE GARDEN, Long Island City, Queens
Broadway & Vernon Boulevard.
Q or N to Broadway.
Sunday, September 141:00pm and 4:00pmPROSPECT PARK, BrooklynBehind the Tennis HouseF to 7th Avenue, G to 15th Street-Prospect Park
Saturday, September 20To Be Announced!Check www.circusamok.org for details.
Sunday, September 211:00pm and 4:00pmUNION SQUARE, NORTH PLAZA, Manhattan17th Street and Union Square West 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q to Union Square
Saturday, September 272:00pmFT. GREENE PARK, BrooklynMyrtle Avenue & St. Edward's Street G to Fulton Street, B, Q, R to DeKalb
Sunday, September 28:
1:00pm and 4:00pm
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, East Village, Manhattan
Avenue A & East 7th Street
L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place, or F to 2nd Ave
The Circus Amok Troupe is comprised of Ashley Brockington, Greg Corbino, Sarah East Johnson, Victor Vauban Jr., and Cathy Weis, under the direction of ringleader and Circus Amok founder Jennifer Miller. The Band, under the direction of Jenny Romaine, includes Mary Feaster, Lee Frisari, Jessica Lurie, Ben Meyers and Tina Richerson.
Founded in 1989, Circus Amok brings to New York City's diverse neighborhoods, streets and playing fields free, provocative, entertaining public art that addresses the contemporary social justice issues that touch New Yorkers: immigration, public schools, affordable housing, healthcare access, police brutality, the environment, security post 9/11, and the war in Iraq. Circus Amok is "a thriving [reinvention] of the circus form, borrowing drag fabulousness from Charles Ludlam's Theater of the Ridiculous, large scale transformation using whole-body masks from Bread and Puppet Theater, and the outdoor bally and verbal rhythm and repertoire from the sideshow, as well as movement vocabulary from post-modern dance," notes scholar and puppeteer Mark Sussman ("Disturbing the Peace: 20th Century Radical Street Performance," 2001) "The troupe balances danger with laughter, slipping its critique between the pies in the face and the surreal, scary, and sometimes gender-bent characters of the charivari."
Circus Amok is funded in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, The Puffin Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Nancy Quinn Fund, and legions of individual supporters. The 2014 Coney Island performance is co-produced by Coney Island USA and the Alliance for Coney Island.
Visit www.circusamok.org for more information.