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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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Armitage Shanks sings at Hotel Tryst – July 14th, 2015 – @Coney Island USA

Armitage Shanks belts out a strange but intoxicating song for those that were lucky to see him at Hotel Tryst on July 24th, 2015. HOTEL TRYST was a 2 day event hosted by the always surprising CONEY ISLAND USA.
“Hotel Tryst” was directed by Armitage Shanks and produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist in Residence)
Coney Island USA general manager is Patrick Wall.

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The Clown Un_Mask – Armitage Shanks – Seattle, Wa.

Armitage Shanks poses for The Clown Un_Mask portrait2015.07.25_AShanks_-36

ArmitageShanksArmitage Shanks performing in the HOTEL TRYST show at Coney Island USA.

Armitage Shanks at Hotel Tryst.Summoning the crowd at HOTEL TRYST last weekend at Coney Island USA.

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“One of the darkest-hearted comperes on the burlesque circuit- TIME OUT LONDON

“A Cabaret Legend”- LE COOL MAGAZINE DUBLIN

“A voice like honey-coated gravel. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air.”- DAN SAVAGE

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HOTEL TRYST: No Sleep Til Brooklyn – @ 2 Nights of shows and ETC…

HOTEL TRYST

Conceived by Coco Framboise

Directed by Armitage Shanks

Produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist is Residence)

General Manager: Patrick Wall

House Manager: Kaitlin Wirth

Stage Manager: Heather Whatever

Sound and Lights: Luis Michaels

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HOTEL TRYST

Coney Island USA - Hotel TrystArmitage Shanks warms up the audience at Coney Island USA as Sabrina Chap plays to entertain the crowd.

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.031The crowd proceeds to the upper 2nd floor for a lesson in Coney Island History from ‘The Caretaker’ (Zero Boy)

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.038And some real ‘Coney Island’ flavored entertainment!

Once the audience has attended the 2nd floor exposition they are led back downstairs to the theater.

 

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.050Gift shop at Coney Island USA. Great stuff from the archives.

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ArmitageShanksArmitage Shanks begins the show as MC and has a few songs to perform as well. Great fun!

Zero Boy as SailorZero Boy performs as ‘Swabbe” the sailor.

Sapphire Jones begins to strip at Coney Island USASapphire Jones begins to unravel herself as the ‘Elevator Operator’.

2015.07.24_HotelTryst.101Cherie Nuit (A tourist) gets down and dirty for the audience.

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Dr. Lucky performs at the ‘Finale’ of the show. A rather wild act!
Curtain Call at Hotel Tryst show.
Curtain Call for all the performers and staff at Hotel Tryst.

Not all the performers were documented.

The performer lineup for the theater was as follows:

Armitage Shanks: The Concierge

Coco Framboise: The Apparition

Dr. Lucky: Kitty Kat, Permanent Hotel “Guest”.

Zero Boy: Caretaker

Mahogany Storm: Bell Hop

Sapphire Jones: Elevator Operator

Heather Whatever: Head of Staff

Aphrodite Rose: French Maid

Mia Julep: Bunny, Hotel Guest

Sabrina Chap: Entertainer (Music)

Cherie Nuit: Tourist

Trick: Spirit Medium

Jennifer Pierce: Airline Stewardess

Boo Velvet: Hotel Guest

Gigi Surreal: Gift Shop Manager

 

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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 4.14.55 PM

Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

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Vaudevisuals Interview – Armitage Shanks – “The Carny Preacher”

Armitage Shanks - The Carny PreacherArmitage Shanks – Photographed by Cyrus Sky

A good friend(Zero Boy) let me use his apartment for this video interview of Armatage Shanks. Dark and moody lighting lends itself to this interview.

For more information on Armitage Shanks: http://www.bookofburlesque.com/armitage-shanks-the-carny-preacher/

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