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Central Park Variety Show ~ November 20th, 2020

Central Park Variety Show producer/performer Ambrose Martos introduces the evening’s festivities.

MC for the evening was Muffy Styler.

Muffy Styler sang some great tunes with Aldo Perez on guitar.

Brian Klimowski performed a ‘chinese yoyo’ routine and a magic yoyo string restoration. Wonderful!

Tyler West performed two very wild physical comedy sketches.

Ambrose Martos followed with another wild ‘flasher’ routine!

Muffy sang another song and closed out the show.

Curtain call group shot ~ Lea McGowan with Dingo, Muffy Styler, Brian Klimowski, Ambrose Martos, Tyler West and Aldo Perez.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 15th, 2020

Standing in front of the historic Wonder Wheel at Coney Island Keith introduces the show’s performers.

Dominque Rabideau performed a lovely skilled hat juggling act.

From the wilds of the UK Jon Udry performed a wonderful ‘juggling/striptease’ routine and then a charming teacup and teabag juggling routine.

Ermiyas Muluken performed a feat of balance and then juggled clubs while being 4 levels up on a rolla-bolla.

The performers in this show would usually be on stage getting a nice salary for their act but due to the ‘shut down’ they are here for your entertainment. Please consider donating at the options listed above!

Drew Nugent played a song on the piano and performed with the cute little teacup and mouthpiece. (A unique instrument for sure!)

Magic Brian and Tyler Fyre perform the ‘human blockhead‘ routine together online!

Brian and Tyler play some ‘technical wizardry’ in their act!

They proceeded to take the ‘blockhead’ once step further using an electric drill!

Keith attempts the ‘exquisite failure’ routine with the apple and knife. Watch next week because he ‘failed’ this time again. (this time he had his shoes on!)

Stephanie Monseu talks to the audience about ‘giving a hand’ in making the show better!

Kelsey Strauch performs her delightfully funny ‘long arms’ dance routine.

David Darwin requested a volunteer (virtually) and had her projected on his wooden wall pretending to be ‘walking dead’ and threw his knives at the wooden wall. Wild!

In this segment of “Ask Hovey”, Hovey Burgess tells the history of the ‘Wild West Show‘ and how it began with the plainsman “Buffalo Bill Cody“.

Salih Mahammed performed a very skilled juggling act with some props.

Stephanie Morphett-Tepp (Flying Brain) performs a traditional hair hanging act.

The performers take the ‘virtual’ curtain call.

Watch the show next Monday at 7:30pm – Different Acts Every Week!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 8th, 2020

Host Keith Nelson introduces the weeks news and show.

Keith Nelson performs his signature act ‘the spinning top’ to open the show.

The Kinesis Project is a collection of wonderful dancers who performed together.

Jonathan Burns gets into and out of a toilet seat and tennis racket with much comedy indeed!

Logan Kerr performed a beautiful tight wire act in the countryside.

Magician Nelson Lugo performed a wonderful rope routine.

Bindlestiff co-director and Open Stage host Keith Nelson performs another amazing trick.

Serenity performed a lovely aerial act in her back yard.

Brad Shur created and performed with some wonderful cardboard puppets.

Corn Mo entertained the viewers with his accordion and original songs.

‘Ask Hovey’ – This week Hovey Burgess discussed the circus bear and it’s history.

Aaron Bonk cracks whips like no one else. Juggling them and cracking!

Elena Sanders performed amazing contortions.

The cast takes their internet ‘curtain call’.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 1st, 2020

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with an introduction of the acts.

The Bindlestiff Open Stage introduced a ‘new’ camera angle.

Steve Langley performed a wonderful ‘bubble’ production act.

Steve created a ‘bubble’ merry-go-round with his equipment.

Pinkie Special performed a wild ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Bruke had his hands full with a delightfully agile hat juggling act.



Professor DR Schreober took us back in time with some fun period magic.

Larry Vee did the rolla-bolla, hula-hoop, spinning a ball and juggling another.



Stephanie Monseu encouraged the viewers to take the survey.

Chase Culp performed with musical cow bells and played them well.

Hovey Burgess talked about the ‘shot from canon’ act that was in the circus for so many years.

Marcus Monroe juggled illuminated and regular clubs and told some ‘one-liners.

Kyla performed a beautiful aerial act.

The Coronel Sisters from Peru had the most amazing balancing skills on the balls.


Tune in Next Monday for another Bindlestiff Open Stage show!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 25th, 2020

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the evenings acts.

Jan Damm and his family performed a fun vaudeville act for the viewers.

Chris Delgado performed on the ‘wheel’ in the street before the camera.

Rich Potter performed with his hand puppet as he escaped from his closet quarantine.

Kira DiPietrantonio did contortion and juggled in the most amazing ways.

Lou Johnson manipulated the hoops in a very unique way.

Hovey Burgess answered a question about his love of the circus.

The Dutch juggler Niels Duinker showed the viewers his new home (barn) and juggled some rings, cups, balls, and cows.

Keith Nelson attempts to conquer another old vaudeville trick. He succeeds in doing half of it right!

Leonid the Magnificent paraded around the grounds hula-hooping and dancing up a storm.

Reggie Bugmuncher performed a classic sideshow “eye hooks” act by lifting up a fishbowl with hooks attached to her eyelids.

Candice Storley performed a lovely aerial act in the flying hoop.


The cast takes the Zoom curtain call online!

Keith wishes the Coney Island amusement ride WONDER WHEEL a 100th Birthday!

Tune in next week for another great show!

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FLASHBACK – Half Straddle performs at Avant-Garde-Arama – May 2nd, 2015 – Abrons Arts Center

In these very trying times, I wanted to reach back to a performance that startled me when I originally documented it. The performance by Emily Davis on May 2nd. 2015 Avant-Garde-Arama had that impact on me. Performed at the Abrons Arts Center on behalf of the amazing Bushwick Starr performance space. Seeing this piece now in these difficult times makes us realize how valuable the AGA was for so many years. This show was ‘chock-full’ of wonderful performers. (John Fleck, Uzi Parnes and Ela Troyano, Half Straddle, Martha Wilson, Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monsoon) Holly Hughes, Jack Ferver, Yin Yue Dance and the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure.) Watch and listen to this ‘Half-Straddle’ piece performed by Emily Davis.

ABOUT HALF-STRADDLE

Half Straddle is an Obie-winning, New York City-based ensemble of performers and designers that make plays, performances, videos, and music led by writer and director Tina Satter that have been seen through the United States and internationally. 

Half Straddle has premiered 10 full-length shows, and a number of shorter works and video projects that have been seen at festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia.  

In October 2019, the critically acclaimed Is This Room, a show conceived of and directed by Tina Satter and starring Becca Blackwell, Emily Davis, Pete Simpson, and TL Thompson, with costumes by Enver Chakartash, was the company’s Off-Broadway debut at the Vineyard Theatre. The show had premiered at The Kitchen in January 2019. In 2014, Half Straddle’s show House of Dance was nominated for a ZKB Patronage Prize at Zürcher Theater Spektakel. 

The company began in 2008 and received their Obie Award grant in 2013. 

All of Half Straddle’s company members and collaborators work extensively in a range of other performance contexts, often creating their own work, in avant-garde theater to Broadway, to university teaching and as theater artists in NYC public schools. 

In New York City, the company’s work has been presented at the Vineyard Theatre, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, New Museum, Danspace, Performance Space New York (formerly PS122), Bushwick Starr, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, American Realness at Abrons Arts Center, COIL Festival, Ice Factory Festival, and PRELUDE Festival.

ABOUT BUSHWICK STARR

The Bushwick Starr began in 2001 as a developmental space for the New York based theater company, Fovea Floods, Inc. In 2004, the company helped to fully convert the space to a black-box venue while producing a large-scale theatrical run. In the subsequent years, as the neighborhood of Bushwick began to transform into a thriving artistic nexus desirous of space and support, we decided to open our doors to other artists. Since doing so, we have quickly grown into a bustling theatrical venue, enjoyed by artists and audiences near and far.

We believe in the power of art to communicate in surprising ways. The work we present is bold, new, and daring, often melding disciplines, and always full of ideas. The Starr supports artists with 360 degree love by offering an attentive, nurturing, and supportive environment for our artists, helping them develop their best work under ideal circumstances. We provide a space that houses and ignites the conversation around intersecting communities and creates a cultural bridge through ongoing community programs and events.

AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA

Avant-Garde-Arama is Performance Space 122’s longest-running series. A multi-disciplinary mini-festival featuring break out performances in dance, music, theatre, performance art, video/film, and more presented in eight minutes or less. While PS122’s East Village home is being renovated, Avant-Garde-Arama and other programming will take place at multiple venues around the city.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – November 2019 – Dixon Place

The people that make this show possible are sometimes not known or seen.

One of them is Marcia Curran – Stage manager for the Bindlestiff Open Stage (and many other shows)

Here she is with Yoyo master Justin Weber before the show.

Also, one of the vital people that makes Dixon Place work is Mike!

Mike Griffiths is one of the people that makes Dixon Place tick like a well-oiled clock. His official title is “Marketing & Audience Development Associate”. You know he works hard at that!  Along with Production manager Rob Lariviere who makes all the shows look and sound great!

There are quite a few other people you should know. Check them out here.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage master of ceremonies Keith Nelson starts the show-off.

Keith gets the show going with his ‘Chinese yoyo’ act.

The acrobatic duo Aryn Shelander and Jeffrey Stilt were amazing in their skills.

They were accompanied by two lovely violinists ~ Irene Fong and Melissa Tong

In between the acts, Keith entertains the audience with his favorite past time.

Rich Potter brought his ‘ghoulish’ Zach Flash character to juggle for the audience.

The lucky audience volunteer got to give Zach (Rich Potter) a smooch.

In keeping with tradition, Keith got to try out a new juggling routine with a flying bat.

The lovely Lauren Elizabeth performed a ‘staff’ act.

Great skills mixed with costume and makeup made this act wonderful.

Jeff Moche performed some amazing mentalist magic tricks using audience volunteers.

The card tricks were very mind-blowing and intelligently challenging to the audience.

Keith practices putting out a match with his whip cracking.

Lisa and Julian danced up a storm for the audience.

Magic Brian performed 2 charming audience volunteer mentalist tricks.

Standing back to back he drew almost exactly with the audience volunteer drew.

Yoyo master Justin Weber made his yoyos doing amazing things.

His finale was to jump rope using his yoyo.

The first Monday of every month at Dixon Place – Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Patti Bradshaw

fools in plein air: fermented rain

Inspired by folk tales and the natural world, fools in plein air: fermented rain employs puppets, objects, projections, movement, and six performers to dissolve the boundaries between mind/body and sleep/wakefulness. In this commission, Swiss writer Robert Walser walks through the dreamscapes of artist Marc Chagall, revealing human interconnectedness, the porousness of boundaries and the illusion of human dominance.

About the Artist

Patti Bradshaw is a director, puppet artist and choreographer. Her work has been seen in NYC, Greece, Portugal and Japan. In recent years, she has devised movement/puppetry theater works inspired by the painter and poet Florine StettheimerFlowers in Space and Garden of Florine: Impending Storms; Franz Kafka’s last and unfinished novel, K and the Way and the inner life of poet Fernando Pessoa: Disquietude and Next to the Last Poem, in addition to other original performance projects and collaborations. Recent works have been presented at Dixon Place, 92nd St Y, Roulette Intermedium, St. Ann’s Warehouse, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, and Triskelion Arts. She was a multi-year member of St. Ann’s Puppet Lab and has received support from the Jim Henson Foundation, and artist residencies at BkSD and from Barbara Bray Ketchum at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Kate Ladenheim & Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs

MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective – the culminating performance of ‘Oh, Celine’.

In 2018, The People Movers’ choreographer and artistic director Kate Ladenheim and performer–designer Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs devised a collaborative project titled OH, CELINE and its heroine, Celine (née De La Croix). This fictional Brooklyn-based avant-garde dancer was conceived as a hilarious yet sincere caricature of a downtown artist. Through a sequence of events – sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny – the clueless New Age-y diva evolved into a provocative, Borat-like figure through whom her creators set to unmask the power structures in the contemporary art scene and our society at large. Over the last few months, Celine’s experiences unveiled through a long series of disarmingly pretentious social media posts, a mystifying art film, and surprising live appearances — all of which inspired unexpected reactions from the audiences. Now, Landenheim and Lynn-Jacobs present a look at their heroine’s journey in MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective, a multidisciplinary evening of solo performance combining theater, dance, and scenic installation, presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 8:00pm daily through April 14, 2019

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Vaudevisuals interview w/Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival

What happens when the sacred meets the sensual…
When ceremony meets performance…
Where the land meets the sea…

4th Annual Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival

Interview with co-artistic directors Nick Fracaro, Gabriele Schafer and producer Brendan Schweda.

PERFORMER LINE-UP

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5

The Etiology of XOS :: by [/enormousface]
Romperselo/la/l@lx :: by Wit Lopez
bananas :: by bananas
Oedipus Muhfukuh :: by Sick Nick, the Bellevue Boy
Toque de queda :: by Fantasmal
Heaven and Hell :: by Aida Miro & Amanda Orlov
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Bing Bong: A Strange Ritual for You and Your Loved Ones :: by Everything is Fine
Conjuring :: by Tanya Solomon
Witch Hunt (Ritual Cannabalisimo) :: by PNK VLVT WTCH Ensemble
Photophillia RPG :: by Nunu Canal
Eating Air :: by Rebecca Sylvia Posner
The Goddess Project :: by Ren Gyo Soh
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Bouncing Betties :: by florkhis
Opium :: by The Butoh Rockettes
Face Your Face :: by Si GolraineAnjoli Chadha, Erica Chadha
Pillow Talk :: by Dimitri
She Poked a Bear :: by Wharton Tract
Polar Bear King :: by Amos Wengler
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

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THE AUDIENCE TOO is encouraged to come be a part of the performance! Wear your most expressive/outrageous costume/look, and help celebrate the festival’s theme of TRANSFORMATION. An on-site makeover room will stand ready to accessorize willing participants, and photographer Kristopher Johnson will have a photo booth set-up during part of the festival. Expect a pageant & prizes!

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International Culture Lab (Nick Fracaro and Gabriele Schafer, Co-Artistic Directors; Brendan Schweda, Festival Producer) is a performing arts company dedicated to providing opportunities for artists from across the world to explore contemporary issues through jointly created projects. Renowned in its earlier history as Thieves Theatre, ICL interrogated the role of the Other in contemporary society with a series of controversial landmark productions: 1982 — Marat/Sade, together with On Our Own, a group of anti-psychiatry former mental patients; 1987 — Fassbinder’s “unproducible” Trash, the City, and Death; and 1990-93 — Nomad Monad: The Making of Thieves Theatre’s Last Stand for which the company’s directors erected a full-sized Lakota tipi replica, handmade from 78 US#3 mailbags, and lived/worked for three years in the then oldest Manhattan shantytown at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. intlculturelab.org

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Coney Island USA exists to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances. Presenting and producing exciting new works, the organization’s approach is rooted in mass culture and the traditions of P.T. Barnum, dime museums, burlesque, circus sideshows, vaudeville, and Coney Island itself. Serving both New York City and an international community that includes visitors to Coney Island and enthusiasts of various cultural forms, Coney Island USA’s signature activities include the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, and new theatrical work. coneyisland.com!

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