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Circus Amok – “Enough is Enough” – Summer 2018 Parks Tour

There is always wonderful performances when you see Circus Amok in the parks. I attended the Tompkins Square Park performance on Sept 14th (one of 5 parks they performed in) and had so much fun!  Here are a few photographs and video from the show.

The Circus Amok Band needs attention first. They add so much to the show!(left to right: Jenny Romaine, Lee Free, Mary Feaster, Jessica Lurie and Ben Myers.)

Some delightful audience members who came to support Circus Amok.(Lori E. Seid, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Circus Amok‘s own Jennifer Miller.)

The audience was growing an hour before the show began.Jennifer Miller on stilts announces the beginning of the show.

The Circus Amok even has a tiger trainer.

The audience filled the entry way to the park with children and adults.The Circus Amok clowns had plenty to do and say about America.Jennifer Miller leads the audience through the show with her charming patter.The show always presents wonderful props and scenery to illustrate the theme.Juggling rings and clubs are always a great addition to the circus.

The pyramid balancing of founder/director Jennifer Miller was the finale.

Video Excerpts from the Circus Amok Tompkins Park show.

Here is the link to Circus Amok website.

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Film LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Photography Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

SPLIT BRITCHES

“Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)”

I have always enjoyed walking into the LaMama Annex building. Massive ceilings and great seating for so many audience members. Yesterday I was there to interview Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Their new show titled “Unexploded Ordnances” had opened at LaMama and I was interested in what the show’s origin was. Here is the interview.

The show which is part of ‘Under the Radar‘ Festival listed on the LaMama website with this text.

US Premiere
By Split Britches [Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver]

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches is a new exploration of aging, anxiety and ‘doomsday’ created through conversation and collaboration with an array of elders and artists. Developed between the UK and US, Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw have created a unique production, combining darkly playful Dr. Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring new protocol for public discussion – the Situation Room.

Here are 3 photographs I captured during the evening performance! 

Lois Weaver (seated) with Peggy Shaw confronting with ideas she isn’t happy with.

Lois Weaver reclines in a rocking chair trying to get some rest from the confrontation.

Lois Weaver on the phone talking to the General with dismay.

Tickets for The Public’s Under The Radar Festival, NYC.

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Dixon Place Performing Arts Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals Interview with Peggy Shaw – “Ruff” a solo performance @ Dixon Place – COIL FESTIVAL 2013

The Coil Festival presents “Ruff” with Peggy Shaw. Directed by Lois Weaver. Cowritten by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Presented at Dixon Place.
For more information on the series go here:
http://www.ps122.org/coil-2013/
For more information on Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver’s SPLIT BRITCHES work go here:
www.splitbritches.com
Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (with Deb Margolin) founded “Split Britches” in 1981.
This video interview originally was posted at:
https://vaudevisuals.com

<a“A Menopausal Gentleman – The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw” Published by University of Michigan

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“Desperate Archives” – An Exhibit – 20 Years of Split Britches Archives @ LaMama Galleria

 DESPERATE ARCHIVES

 “Deposited somewhere between land and sea, between proliferation and devastation.”

An exhibition based on 20 years of Split Britches archival material.

Desperate Archives exposes the infrastructure of performance by emphasizing process and attachment, highlighting collaboration as the project for the future. While these archives are generative, they are also full of refuse-remnants of the past that have been stored away for years waiting to be rediscovered and to perform publicly again.”

Excerpt from FEELING DESPERATE by Benjamin Gillespie, Ph.D Candidate in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Desperate Archives exhibit at LaMama GalleriaUpon entering the LaMama Galleria.

Poster on exhibit at LaMama GalleriiaOn the right wall are many posters from past performances of Split Britches.

Photographs on display at LaMama Galleria Archival photographs from performances of Split Britches in the past 20 years.

Untitled  bed art at La Mama Galleria

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LaMama La Galleria

6 East 1st Street, NYC

Wed-Sun 1 – 7:30pm

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Click here for information on Peggy Shaw’s  RUFF – a wonderful performance at LaMama till Jan 26th, 2014

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Dixon Place Performing Arts Photography

“RUFF” – Peggy Shaw Solo – @ Dixon Place – Jan 10th thru 19th / Part of the PS122 COIL Festival

Peggy Shaw – 2011 Ethyl Eichelberger Award Winner

Commissioned by PS122 & Out North Contemporary Art House, co-presented with Dixon Place

Peggy Shaw standing on a green screen seamless paper backdrop and 3 large screen monitors facing her from both sides of the paper and in front.

A heart felt piece of theater about one’s life, health and all else that seems to matter.

Bringing in to her text (co-written by her long time partner Lois Weaver– who also directs this piece!) a long list of friends that have been her support for the many years that she has been performing.

Music, comic relief and lessons about her stoke are all part of this evening of personal introspection that leaves you touched so deeply.

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Peggy Shaw explains the different ways to tell if you are having a stroke. #2

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Peggy Shaw sings along with the band in one of her favorite songs.

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An exclamation of some of life’s difficult times.

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Leonard Cohen sings on screen as Peggy pays respect.

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Relaxing in front of a monitor telling stories about her life.

Peggy Shaw and Ethyl on Screen

Singing along with Ethyl who is not far behind her.

Peggy Shaw Curtain CallPeggy Shaw during her curtain call!

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To view the video interview with Peggy Shaw conducted by Vaudevisuals go here!

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For information on Peggy Shaw’s RUFF or any other COIL FESTIVAL performances go here!

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Performed and co-written by Shaw, and directed and co-written by Weaver, Ruff features choreography by Stormy Branderberger, music and sound design by Vivian Stoll, lighting design by Lori E. Seid and set and media design by Matt Delbridge.

For more information on cast and crew go here!

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Dance Music Photography Variety Arts

30 Years and Just beginning – The PS122 Old School Benefit – The Last Night!

INTO THE WARP MUST GO!

The FINAL PERFORMANCE of PS122 happened tonight!

Introduced by the Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner.

MC – Carmelita Tropicana – struting her stuff at the opening of the evening.

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DAVID LESLIE

Entering the stage in a haze of smoke David Leslie smiles on the audience.

The piece he performed as ‘FINGER BANGING’ and it was intense and hysterical at the same time.

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THE WOOSTER GROUP

The “Hula” record was put on the old fashioned victrola by Kate Valk.

The company (Scott Shepard, Cynthia Hestrom, Ari Fliakos)danced up a storm to the “Hula” music from Hawaii.

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ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE

Rinnie Groff and Scott Shepherd in a ‘Cab Leg’.

Scott Shepherd, Rinnie Groff and Victoria Vazquez.

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BIG ART GROUP

The ensemble performs ‘SOSREMIX’.

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SPLIT BRITCHES

Lois Weaver of Split Britches photographing Salley May, Jennifer Miller and the MC, Carmelita Tropicana.

Peggy Shaw(l) and Lois Weaver performing an excerpt from ‘Retro Perspective’.

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FORCED ENTERTAINMENT

A video manifesto for PS122 by Sheffield’s  FORCED ENTERTAINMENT.

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MARK RUSSELL

Mark Russell – the man who served as artistic director from 1983 until 2004.

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BIG DANCE THEATRE

Balloons and more balloons in this verbal rap, romp thru politics and life.

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PHILIP GLASS

Philip Glass performed two pieces and the last one was titled ‘Closing’. Mesmerizing!

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A thoughtful token of appreciation was tossed to the stage by an audience member!

Vallejo leads the PS122 staff and supporters to a new life via performances all over the city and then back home in 3 years!

The last image projected onto the back wall of PS122 Performance Space on the last night of the OLD SCHOOL BENEFIT!

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Dixon Place OPENING celebrates new SPACE!

The performing artists of NYC would not be who there are today without the help of one very brave and unstoppable woman. Ellie Covan. Starting as a salon in her Paris apartment in 1985 she found a way to have performers show their new work without the worries of critics and the press. A laboratory for performing and literary artists. Since 1985 she has had a Dixon Place on East 1st . and on the Bowery and became the resident company at the Vineyard Theatre‘s 26th St. Space. The overwhelming support and success of this venue convinced Ellie and her board to secure a permanent home in New York City. Tonight (12/2/09) she along with hundreds of supporters and performers celebrated the OPENING of the new permanent home of DIXON PLACE. A custom built facility with 2 stages and a community space for neighbor events. Located at 161A Christie Street in New York Lower East Side. The sponsors, foundations and Corporations that have made this new space possible goes on for several pages. The evenings festivities included performances by Regina Nejman & Company, Peggy Shaw, Lois WeaverVivian Stoll, R. Sikorykak, David Michael Friend and Nicky Paraiso. The audience joined in for a song with Nicky Paraiso and the Hot Keys.

Dixon Place website is here!

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