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 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Peggy Shaw explains the different ways to tell if you are having a stroke. #2
Peggy Shaw sings along with the band in one of her favorite songs.
An exclamation of some of life’s difficult times.
Leonard Cohen sings on screen as Peggy pays respect.
Relaxing in front of a monitor telling stories about her life.
Singing along with Ethyl who is not far behind her.
Peggy 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.
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 Weaver, Vivian Stoll, R. Sikorykak, David Michael Friend and Nicky Paraiso. The audience joined in for a song with Nicky Paraiso and the Hot Keys.