NY Clown Theatre Presents AMUSE BOUCHE 2013 at The Brick, Now thru 9/28

NY Clown Theatre Presents AMUSE BOUCHE 2013 at The Brick, Now thru 9/28

The Brick, presenter of the international NY Clown Theatre Festival (and returning in 2014!), offers up its off-year aperitif while you await next year's feast. This September The Brick presents its biennial Amuse Bouche, with performers from Finland, France, U.K., New Zealand, and the U.S..

Amuse Bouche will run today, September 18-28 at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) with special performances at Babeland Soho. Tickets ($15) are available online at www.bricktheater.com or by calling Ovationtix at 1-866-811-4111.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Workshop:

Creating Physical Theatre

Kallo Collective

September 21 - 22, 2013
Workshop leaders are Jenni Kallo, Sampo Kurppa and Thom Monckton.

Physical Theatre Workshop involves contemporary mime, applied mask (no mask), mimicry, object manipulation, and Lecoq based theatrical tools. This introduction to physical theatre creation covers articulation of the body, interactions with each other, puppetry of bodies and objects, and physical presence in movement and space. Participants will learn how to isolate their movements, inhabit their own body, and devise dynamic original and highly physical creations. We will look at ourselves from a new perspective and discover our unique tics and physical eccentricities, working out how these fit in with other people and other objects.

9/21 from 10am to 4pm 9/22 from 10am to 4pm $225 for both days

Performances:

In the Boudoir

by Summer Shapiro

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Matters of the heart can be messy and In the Boudoir delights in making a mess. New York comedienne Summer Shapiro returns to the Brick for her fifth time with this deceptively simple story of a young female clown?s love life. Veering erratically and erotically between exactitude and befuddlement, control and rashness, beauty and broken, Shapiro plays with the consuming need to be liked and revels in the futility of such a hunger.

50 minutes

9/26 at 7pm 9/27 at 9pm 9/28 at 7pm

Members of Our Limbs

Kallo Collective

Idea, realisation and performers: Jenni Kallo, Sampo Kurppa and Thom Monckton
Lights: Elina Nopanen
Costumes: Tauko

Patterns of the ordinary world are broken apart when given this treatment by three hopeless and unpredictable clowns. They put the principles and new influences of clowning on an operating table, select a suitable set of body parts, and construct a clown Frankenstein you?ve never seen before. Promoted by Finnish Circus information Center, Arts Promotion Center Finland and City of Helsinki

70 Minutes 9/18 at 8pm 9/19 at 8pm 9/20 at 7pm

Porno

Denni Dennis? Company Clowns & Mr. and Mrs. Clark

Cultural Office

Featuring Adina Valerio, Aimee Animal, Audrey Crabtree, Clare Parry-Jones, Denni Dennis, GaretH Clark and Jenny Sargant.
Costumes by the Russian costume designer L.- A. Vetangi

It's not a normal night in the sisters Sex Shop. Tonight a famous Porn Star is coming by to promote her new movie, some Dissatisfied Customers have ended up in the "bondage for beginners" workshop, and there is 20% off all dildos. The Brick Theater, Inc., Denni Dennis? Company Clowns and Mr. and Mrs. Clark present Porno. A clown production based on Denni Dennis? physical mime/ dance technique. Performed with international clown artists in collaboration with Mr. and Mrs. Clark?s grotesque and poetic music and the talents of a local US porn stars. Through, clown, physical comedy and music, porno plays with clichés and stereotypes about sex shop patrons, purveyors and porn stars, while bringing to light society's expectations, prejudices highlighting the pleasure, pain and commerce of the sex industry. Funded by Art Council of Wales and wales art International

50 Minutes
9/21 at 10:30pm at The Brick
9/24 at 10pm at Babeland Soho in Manhattan, 43 Mercer St New York, NY 10013 9/27 at 10pm at Babeland Soho in Manhattan, 43 Mercer St New York, NY 10013

Temptation

Kallo Collective

Design and performance: Sampo Kurppa
Lights: Elina Nopanen
Sound: Artturi Elovirta
Temptation deals with addiction by the means of comedy. How desire does not give in and how overpowering it can be to overcome one's own cravings. When we allow ourselves to enjoy a momentary pleasure by self deception. This speechless performance combines the art forms of the theatre and

circus. Funded by Finnish Arts Council, Kone Foundation, Finnish Circus Information Center.

45 Minutes 9/20 at 9pm 9/21 at 9pm 9/22 at 7pm

Until Next Time

Story and Direction by Dave Quay
Featuring Tiffany Morgan Baker, Molly Bernard, Austin Purnell, Dave Quay, Annabelle Rollison, and Alexander Salamat.
Lighting by Cecilia R. Durbin
Sound Design by Stanton Nash
Set/Props by Alina Smirnova and Daniel Soule

Until Next Time, a comic pantomime, tells the mostly true story of a clown confronting the end. In a hospital ICU, the clown's lover lies unconscious, barely responsive, and basically humorless. By her bedside, he remembers their past, encounters their present, and looks to their future while fending off an absurdist world of antagonistic medical equipment, unsympathetic hospital staff, and the prospect of saying goodbye.

60 Minutes

9/21 at 7pm 9/27 at 7pm 9/28 at 3pm

What If I'm Dead?

Written and Created by Alan Fessenden with Giovanni Fusetti & The Geniuses
Performed by Alan Fessenden
Directed by Markell Kiefer
Produced in Association with TigerLion Arts

Life is strangely clearer when viewed from the inside of an urn. Birth. Loss of innocence. Your mother. Donuts. Everything that's important swims into focus. In this solo show, one clown (Bartholomew) tries to stage his own funeral and accidentally saves the world.

50 Minutes

9/24 at 8pm 9/26 at 9pm 9/28 at 5pm

The Brick is located at 579 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, visit www.bricktheater.com. The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.

Winner of THE 2009 CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for subversive theatrical experiences. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee- Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee- Outstanding Musical), Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade and Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, including Jason Grote, Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice and Thomas Bradshaw.

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