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“Handshake Uppercut” – Jay Dunn & John Leo – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Handshake Uppercut

Jay Dunn and John Leo – From Brooklyn, NY

(Notes from NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive. A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy, and super funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: ’03/’08) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philadelphia ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel. Straight off a successful run at the Chicago Fringe 2012, Handshake Uppercut debuted at the NY Clown Theatre Festival cabaret in 2010.

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For more information on Jay Dunn and John Leo’s show go here:

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Amuse Bouche: The NY Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret 9/14/11

Hosted by the hilarously entertaining DONOVAN ENSEMBLE. (L Johnnie Niel R. Joe Kolbow)

Starting the evening off was The Donovan Ensemble’s  7 minutes version of Madam Butterfly.

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Emily Carragher

Trying to get a ‘head start’ on dancing. She picks an audience member to experiment her new found skills.

A great dance partner is one that can save you from the world.

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With charm, charisma and a great sense of timing Joe Kolbow moves the show along nicely.

Johnnie Niel (Donovan Ensemble) does a little interpretive dance to liven up the crowd.

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Vincenzo Tortorici

A delightful interpretation of Brecht‘s “Baden Lehrst” or Mr. Smith and Friends by Vincenzo Tortorici.

A dismal attempt by the puppet to end his worries of discomfort and concern.

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Name that Year! An Audience Participation Game

Joe Kolbow asks audience member Sophia Nimmannit to answer the question. “What year was this song popular?”

Johnnie Niel helps Sophie by dancing a ‘cheerleader’ number but with gravity defying skill.

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Morro and Jasp

An excerpt from their upcoming show ‘Morro and Jasp Gone Wild‘.

Gone Wild is certainly an appropiate title for their new show!

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Hilary Chaplain

In her new piece ‘Fred Goes Fishing’ Hilary Chaplain finds Fred without a meal he had counted on.

Fred catches a fish but he seems to befriend it is more his style than to eat it.

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Lynn Berg

As Lynn Berg‘s daredevil character ‘Awful Knofel’ a can of beer is certainly not out of place!

Awful Knofel finds a place in his heart for America’s #1 sweetheart.

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Another hysterical ‘disco’ dance number by Johnnie Niel.

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John Leo and  Jay Dunn

‘Handshake Uppercut’ is the name of this movement piece by John Leo and Jay Dunn.

Jay Dunn lurking at the audience as John Leo follows behind.

John Leo eats an apple from an audience member’s hand.

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The Donovan Ensemble closing the show with a lovely show tune.

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Curtain call for the entire cast of performers.

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The next AMUSE BOUCHE CABARET is happening on Wed. Sept 21st at 8pm. Hosted by Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell.

MAKE SURE YOU GET A SEAT! Buy a ticket here.

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 Jim Moore





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The Comedy in Dance Festival – Triskelion Arts – April 16th, 2011

Abby Bender

started the show off with a surreal dance offering “excerpt from Zero Sum”

Dressed in a women’s business suit she organized a survey of the audience.

A delightful, modern and absurdist piece on consensus and it’s lack of usefulness!

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After finishing her piece Abby introduced the show and the first duet.

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John Leo and Jay Dunn

Jay Dunn brings the show alive with a rope pull from off stage.

John Leo is resisting the entrance.

While John chews the apple, Jay gets his shoe tied!

Choreographed and performed by John Leo and Jay Dunn.

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Conceived by Alyson Perry and Mary Cavett

Performed by Alyson Perry, Mary Cavett, Kym Bernazky, Melanie Jones, Clare O’Sheeran and Michaela Lind.

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Choreographed by Josselyn Levinson

Performed by Josselyn Levinson and Hayley Muth.

Hayley Muth reads the ‘BIO’ as Josselyn Levinson performs in the background.

Hayley and Josselyn take their curtain call.

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An Excerpt from their show


Performed by Jeff Seal and Chris Manley

Choreographed by Rebecca Bull Ketchum

Chris Manley sets the needle of the victrola on the vinyl record.

Jeff Seal questions the selection he picked.

Jeff and Chris making the audience laugh out loud!

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Choreographed and performed by Tanya Solomon

Directed by Deborah Kaufman

Tanya Solomon dances up a storm in this very cute and funny piece.

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Choreographed and performed by Sarah Konner and Austin Selden

A lovely and charming duet by two talented dancers.

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Devised and performed by Billy Schultz for The Hollering Motley

Appearing on stage in a ‘lumberjack’ wardrobe.

A very surreal and funny dance piece by Billy Schultz

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The Comedy in Dance Festival is an Annual event at Triskelion and is worth attending.

Friday April 22, Sat. April 23, 2011.

Check here for more information.

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 Jim Moore

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