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PBS – American Experience – ‘The Circus’

Certainly one of the most interesting forms of popular entertainment America has experienced. Now – with the pandemic and final curtain call for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus…what is next?

Here is a wonderful excerpt from the American Experience special titled “The Circus”.

This four-hour mini-series tells the story of one of the most popular and influential forms of entertainment in American history. Through the intertwined stories of several of the most innovative and influential impresarios of the late nineteenth century, this series reveals the circus was a uniquely American entertainment created by a rapidly expanding and industrializing nation; that it embraced and was made possible by Western imperialism; that its history was shaped by a tension between its unconventional entertainments and prevailing standards of respectability; and that its promise for ordinary people was the possibility for personal reinvention. For many Americans, the circus embodied the improbable and the impossible, the exotic, and the spectacular. Drawing upon a vast and richly visual archive and featuring a host of performers, historians, and aficionados, The Circus follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus and brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town and its stars were among the most famous people in the country.

To Watch this Series click here!


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Bill Bowers – On Mime and Silence – From PBS

A wonderful interview with mime artist Bill Bowers. Originally posted on PBS.

Bill has a great tour coming up. Here is his schedule.

For more information on Bill Bowers visit his website here

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Slash Coleman – Story Teller/Author/Performer – “The Bohemian Love Diaries”

SLASH COLEMAN‘s book has the following opening description:

“Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants–including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge–and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and ’80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he’s his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course.
Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he’s Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist…”

The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman

In this video interview Slash Coleman talks about adapting his oral stories to a book and then back to the stage. The legacy of his family and the inspiration he gets from them to become a story teller.

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For information on his upcoming show go HERE
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Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Clown, Character Actor, Musician

Featured in the PBS Documentary "The Big Apple Circus" Glen Heroy is a man who wears many hats.
Be it Elton John, Ozzy Osborne or his clown character. He performs in many venues and works in the Big Apple Circus "Clown Care Unit" helping children laugh while in extreme medical conditions.
In this interview he discusses 'clown' and some of his thoughts on the different types and how they compare.

For more information on Glen Heroy go to:
http://glenheroy.com

Glen Heroy – The Clown Un_Mask

 

Glen Heroy in the PBS Special on Big Apple Circus.

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PBS premiering new film about “Big Apple Circus”.

CIRCUS is a new six-hour series that takes you on an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the “back lot,” explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Follow the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family and find out what it really means to live life in the ring. Premieres in November, 2010. (PBS Press Release)

I mention this because my first posting of my new series CLOWN  UN_MASK was Glen Heroy.

https://vaudevisuals.com/2010/02/the-clown-un_masked-glen-heroy/

He has a terrific place in the documentary showing off all his delightful talent.

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