Circus arts – Generating Company http://generatingcompany.co.uk/ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 19:51:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Circus arts – Generating Company http://generatingcompany.co.uk/ 32 32 Middletown Arts Center presents “The Decade That Rocked” exhibition of works by Mark Weiss https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/04/middletown-arts-center-presents-the-decade-that-rocked-exhibition-of-works-by-mark-weiss/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/04/middletown-arts-center-presents-the-decade-that-rocked-exhibition-of-works-by-mark-weiss/#respond Fri, 04 Jun 2021 18:22:07 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/04/middletown-arts-center-presents-the-decade-that-rocked-exhibition-of-works-by-mark-weiss/ (MIDDLETOWN, NJ) – The Middletown Arts Center is delighted to reopen its gallery doors with a tribute to 80s rock and metal music, The Decade That Rocked, an exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed Rock n ‘Roll photographer, Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss. Also on display is a collection of silkscreens created from iconic photographs of Weiss […]]]>


(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) – The Middletown Arts Center is delighted to reopen its gallery doors with a tribute to 80s rock and metal music, The Decade That Rocked, an exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed Rock n ‘Roll photographer, Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss. Also on display is a collection of silkscreens created from iconic photographs of Weiss by Steve Lacy, artist and presenter of Fox 5 New York. The exhibit is on view until August 15 and will celebrate Weiss’s birthday and 40+ years of Rock n ‘Roll photography with WEISSFEST 2021, three nights of exciting live entertainment events, from Thursday June 24 through Saturday. June 26.

WEISSFEST 2021 EVENTS SCHEDULE

This special celebration will begin with an exclusive opening reception, “An Evening with Mark Weiss ”on Thursday, June 24, with an acoustic performance of 80s songs by Cat Manning. The evening will end with Manning’s incredible tribute to Janis Joplin, Just Like Janis. Wine, beer and light meals will be served. Reception tickets are mandatory and all proceeds will be donated to Middletown Arts Center. Tickets are available for online purchase.

WRAT 95.9 DJ personality Tom Hanley will host a powerful program of performances on the MAC outdoor stage on Friday, June 25, starting at 5:00 p.m., with a special appearance by the legendary drummer Appice Carmine (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, King Kobra, Blue Murder and more). The evening will feature Kodiak, playing original songs with songs by Van Halen. Keith roth (Sirius XM and Electric Ballroom DJ) will follow with his band, Frankenstein 3000, with special guest Jerry Gaskill of Kings X, as well as members of City Asylum, Moroccan Sheepherders and Fuzz The World, playing songs by the Ramones, Bowie, Alice Cooper, MC5, The Stooges and Velvet Underground and more raw Rock & Roll. JUST SABBATH will close the evening with a musical tribute to Black Sabbath.

The 80s music continues on Saturday June 26 at 5:30 p.m., featuring LITTLE OZZY, which appeared on America has talent and Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour broadcast on History Channel. Precious stone, composed of Rockit Academy alumni, will not only open the evening’s performances, but will make its debut, followed by the Mötley Crüe tribute group, Sixx Seconds to Mars. The concerts on both evenings are FREE and in the open air.

BRAND “WEISSGUY” WEISSLongtime local resident Weiss aims to see the arts endure in his community and has organized the exhibition and related events as a fundraiser for the MAC which suffered financially last year due to the Covid closures and severe damage from flooding.

“I am looking forward to sharing my exhibit in Middletown, NJ, where I have lived for the past 30 years,” Weiss said. “The Middletown Arts Center was hit hard during the pandemic and I am committed to helping in any way I can to get it back on track. It is an incredible creative space providing a safe place for local arts and institutions.

Weiss is currently donating a portion of the proceeds from his CHARITYBUZZ auction of signed photographs to the arts center. To place bids, please Click here.

“We are very grateful to Mark for his generosity and support of the arts over the past few months and we are delighted to celebrate the Rock n ‘Roll era with Mark and his superb photographs and musical performances,” said Maggie O’Brien , Director Director. “I know this is going to be a lot of fun.”

Mark Weiss has set an unmatched standard for rock photography. Mark has been photographing rock n ‘roll since he was a teenager in the 70s, sneaking into concerts. Over the next decade he began touring with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns N ‘Roses, Motley Crue, Ozzy, KISS and Van Halen, to name a few. He also photographed the covers of some of the biggest albums of the ’80s, including Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry. Most recently, his photo of Van Halen made the cover of LIFE magazine following the death of iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen. He embarked on a legendary career that took him across the world and to perform in some of the most historic concerts including the American Festival, Live Aid and the Moscow Peace Festival. Weiss features several of these classic photos in the exhibit as well as artifacts from his heyday, including backstage passes, posters, tour books and tour jackets. Weiss will also display the t-shirt worn on the forbidden Slippery when wet blanket.

“I was the guy the record companies hired to take their publicity photos and album covers. I did the Twisted Sister Stay hungry and Come play covers that were a huge success, selling over a million copies. Everyone started calling me to turn their album covers. Cinderella’s Night Songs, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet … I quickly became friends and started traveling with them on their tour buses and private planes. It was awesome! said Weiss.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The decade that changed sums up the heyday of these rock and metal icons with images of a young Jon Bon Jovi at Freehold Raceway in 1980; Ozzy Osbourne on the roof of Convention Hall in Asbury Park in 1981; Dee Snider of Twisted Sister in Washington, DC, in 1985 for the Parents Music Resource Center hearings; Guns N ‘Roses outside the CBGB in Manhattan in 1987 and more. When asked what is Weiss’ favorite photo in his incredible work, he responds to the famous 1981 Circus Review cover with Ozzy Osbourne in his pink tutu.

Admission to The Decade That Rocked is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Gallery opening hours are currently by appointment only. Please visit mac.ticketspice.com/the-decade-that-rocked or call the arts center to make an appointment. All illustrations and photographs are available for purchase. For more information on Weiss and Lacy’s collaboration, visit weissguylacy.com.

Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ (next to Middletown Station). Free parking is available on site and additional free parking is available in the resort’s metered park on weekday evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends. The Arts Center is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility in Middletown, New Jersey that offers arts-focused shows, exhibits, classes, demonstrations and camps. Its convenient location opposite Middletown Station on Church Street provides easy access and its expanded MAC Annex is minutes from the Middletown Reformed Church Education Building. The MAC is operated by a 501c3 non-profit, the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, which is dedicated to providing quality arts programming and events in Middletown and surrounding communities.

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Things to do in the Lehigh Valley area this weekend and beyond (June 4-10) https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/things-to-do-in-the-lehigh-valley-area-this-weekend-and-beyond-june-4-10/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/things-to-do-in-the-lehigh-valley-area-this-weekend-and-beyond-june-4-10/#respond Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:00:05 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/things-to-do-in-the-lehigh-valley-area-this-weekend-and-beyond-june-4-10/ WHAT IS HAPPENING? Here’s a small sample of the area’s events – some in person, some online – that you might want to check out in the coming days. The Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem will host a “Fresh Voices of New Works Spring Festival” on Friday and Saturday June 4 and 5.touchstone.org Art museums IN […]]]>


WHAT IS HAPPENING? Here’s a small sample of the area’s events – some in person, some online – that you might want to check out in the coming days.

The Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem will host a “Fresh Voices of New Works Spring Festival” on Friday and Saturday June 4 and 5.touchstone.org

Art museums

IN PROGRESS

ALLENT-VILLE “The ceramics of Toshiko Takaezu”, and “Sleep well!,” textiles, quilts and bedspreads from around the world, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday until September 11. Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St. allentownartmuseum.org, 610-432-4333.

The comedy

JUNE 5

QUAKETOWN “Circus adventure pirates show”, Drive Acrobats, Acrobats & Comedies through Family Circus, Noon to 1:15 p.m., Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road. $ 12, $ 8 for ages 3-14, free for ages 2 and under. townplanner.com/driveInfamilycircusquakertown, 215-536-4115.

Fairs / Festivals

4-6 JUNE

WASHINGTON, NJ Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival, balloon launches, drone demonstrations, captive rides, local artisans and craftspeople, food trucks and music, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Warren County Community College, 475 Route 57 West. $ 5 to $ 10; parking $ 10. ballonfestnj.com/more-festivals.html, 908-283-0721.

Music

JUNE 4

Bethlehem To hell with torpedoes, Outdoor tribute concert to Tom Petty, 7:30 p.m., ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way. $ 10 to $ 50 per table or square of lawn. steelstacks.org, 610-332-1300.

Joan Osborne, viewing a recorded performance, also June 5-10, at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University. Pay what you can up to $ 20. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787, ext. 0.

JIM THORPE Rick Horvath from Green River, indoor show, 6.30 p.m., Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road. $ 40 for a table that can seat up to four people. pennspeak.com, 610-826-9000.

CITY SELLERS Chubby Dad, 6 p.m., also June 4, 9 p.m. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main and Temple streets. $ 25 to $ 39.50. st94.com, 215-257-5808.

JUNE 5

Bethlehem The slackers, free outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m., ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way. steelstacks.org, 610-332-1300.

JIM THORPE Sapphire, indoor show, 6.30 p.m., Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road. $ 35 for a table that can accommodate up to four people. pennspeak.com, 610-826-9000.

TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MACUNGIE Tookany Creek Bluegrass, free outdoor concert; bring lawn chairs, 6 p.m., Hills at Lockridge Park, 7125 Scenic View Drive. lowermac.com, 610-996-6924.

CITY SELLERS JC Cole and Folsom ’68, Tribute to Johnny Cash, 8 p.m., Sellersville Theater 1894, Main and Temple streets. $ 25 to $ 39.50. st94.com, 215-257-5808.

JUNE 6

Bethlehem Pentley Holmes, free outdoor concert, 6:00 p.m., ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way. steelstacks.org, 610-332-1300.

Cliff Eberhardt, Free Live CD Release Concert with Louise Mosrie, 7 p.m., Godfrey Daniels Center. godfreydaniels.org, 610-867-2390.

CITY SELLERS Hart Chapel, 7:30 p.m., Sellersville Theater 1894 Main Street and Temple Street. $ 19.50. st94.com, 215-257-5808.

BOROUGH OF WILSON Jay Creed, Free summer concert, 6-8 p.m., Meuser Park, Northampton Street. meuserlib.org, 610-258-3040.

JUNE 9

Bethlehem LLS Women of the Year Charity Concert, outdoor concert presented by Cohen Feeley Altemose and Rambo to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5 p.m., ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way. $ 20 to $ 50 per table or square of lawn. steelstacks.org, 610-332-1300.

JUNE 10

ESTON Jim Guadet and the Railroad Boys, Free “Live at the Falls” concert, 6:30 pm to 9 pm, Scott Park, South Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive. liveatfalls.com.

Theater

JUNE 4

ALLENTOWN “Under the promenade”, dinner and musical show, 6.30 p.m., also June 5, 6.30 p.m. June 6 and 10, 12:30 p.m. Pines Dinner Theater, 448 N. 17th St. $ 20 to $ 30 and a la carte menu. pinesdinnertheatre.com, 610-433-2333.

BETHLÉEM “The conversation room”, Matt Prideaux’s Fresh Voices Festival single play every half hour between noon and 3 p.m., also June 5, Touchstone Theater, Graduate Hub, 321 E. Fourth St. Suggested donation of $ 10 to benefit the arts center. touchstone.org, 610-867-1689.

“Recovery” and “Baby teeth”, Fresh Voices Show Festival of short works by Abbie Jean Litman and Kat Anderegg, 6 p.m., also June 4, 7 p.m. June 5, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Touchstone Theater, 321 E. Fourth St. Suggested donation of $ 10 to benefit the arts center. touchstone.org, 610-867-1689.

Fresh Voices Festival, outdoor performance of “Hello, My Name is Eloise” by Jessica Boothe, “Speak in Starts” by Sara Group and “After Everything” by MFA Class of 2022, 8 pm, also June 5, 8 pm Touchstone Theater, Barrio Internship, 321 E. Fourth St. Suggested donation of $ 10 to benefit the arts center. touchstone.org, 610-867-1689.

Other

JUNE 4

TOWNSHIP OF NORTH WHITEHALL “Raise the Paw” Online scholarship auction, last day of the LCCC Foundation fundraiser to benefit students of the Veterinary Technician Program, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive in Schnecksville. biddingowl.com/LCCCFoundation, 610-799-1929, jwilchak@lccc.edu.

JUNE 5

BETHLEEM “Bike and Boat Adventures” Cleaning the Lehigh River, volunteer opportunity led by Wildlands Conservancy, Northampton County & Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor to clean up trash while cycling between Bethlehem and Allentown on the D&L Trail along the canal then switching to canoes to clean up the Lehigh River , 10 am-2pm June 5, Sand Island, Registration required. wildlandspa.secure.force.com/registration?id=7011U000000yx9CQAQ, 610-923-3548.

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The Show Continues – And Into A New Century – With The Colonial’s $ 12.5 Million Upgrade To Downtown Keene | A&E https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/the-show-continues-and-into-a-new-century-with-the-colonials-12-5-million-upgrade-to-downtown-keene-ae/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/the-show-continues-and-into-a-new-century-with-the-colonials-12-5-million-upgrade-to-downtown-keene-ae/#respond Thu, 03 Jun 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/03/the-show-continues-and-into-a-new-century-with-the-colonials-12-5-million-upgrade-to-downtown-keene-ae/ It was built as a state-of-the-art vaudeville theater in 1924, but over the next 97 years, Keene’s Colonial Theater saw the lights turn on and off on several occasions. Fashions changed, interests changed and economies wavered, but one way or another – often with the help of a rallying Monadnock area community – the show […]]]>


It was built as a state-of-the-art vaudeville theater in 1924, but over the next 97 years, Keene’s Colonial Theater saw the lights turn on and off on several occasions.

Fashions changed, interests changed and economies wavered, but one way or another – often with the help of a rallying Monadnock area community – the show continued.

So when entertainment venues across the country began to sink last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colonial Performing Arts Center made a bold choice. That would speed up plans for a $ 12.5 million project that includes the redesign of the 900-seat Main Street monument, as well as the purchase and transformation of an adjacent 1900s building on Commercial Street into a second smaller “showroom”.

And all of this would take place in just under a year.

“This is an 11 month construction project,” Doyle said. “The Showroom is finished, and we hope to open the main stage in the spring of 2022.”

This is good news for Jane and The Pitts, who discovered the Colonial shortly after moving to Keene 25 years ago. At first, the couple opted for the film series, as many were independent or arthouse works that they didn’t expect to find in rural New Hampshire.

Then come concerts and plays.

“For us, the most memorable were those where the performers established a close connection with the audience and with the historic building itself. Some of our favorite artists were Diana Krall right after her big Grammy wins, (comedian and author) David Sedaris, Post Modern Jukebox, Blues Traveler and a powerful performance by Pat Benatar, ”the couple said in a joint email. “Plus, annual events like the ‘The Nutcracker’, Warren Miller (ski film series) and the Lions Club production are beloved traditions for many of us.”

A disheartening prospect

About 150 local residents, foundations and businesses have already donated or pledged 70% of the project price to create a more contemporary art campus. A fundraising campaign for the remaining $ 3.75 million is underway.

It’s an intimidating but crucial prospect to compete in today’s entertainment market, which is as much about amenities and services as it is about the show itself.

The best touring shows often don’t book shows at venues without high-tech stage facilities and spacious green rooms, and crowds won’t buy tickets if there are bottlenecks navigating the ticket offices, in the toilets and at the concession stand.

Weller & Michal Architects did the design work for the main theater upgrade, and DEW Construction’s Keene office is handling the ongoing demolition and reconstruction.

Overall, the project will create a better flow through the building for artists, patrons and staff – everything from a larger stage, tech upgrades and a new green room and dressing area for performers at a ticketing hall, lounge and dedicated concessions area for customers.

The hope is that the changes will not only attract a more diverse roster of artists, but also have a ripple effect on other downtown businesses – the restaurants, shops, and hotels that typically benefit when people are in town for a show, but have been hit hard. in the past year by closures related to the pandemic or a reduction in the number of customers.

A main street ‘magnet’ It’s hard to miss the Colonial, with its glittering marquee. It sits along the city’s wide boulevard and the new showroom is tucked away just behind.

“It’s a magnet,” Doyle said.

Originally, the Colonial Theater was intended to screen movies and put on smaller touring shows.

“They weren’t Broadway-type shows. They were easily moved in and out, then thrown into the truck or wagon and moved on, ”Doyle said.

For fans of trivia, the Colonial Theater screened the film “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, starring Lon Chaney, on its opening night on January 29, 1924.

Other early highlights include playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder reading “The Woman of Argo” in 1929 and Amelia Earhart sharing her thoughts on transatlantic air travel in 1932.

It worked at the time, but the outdated layout, both on and off stage, has hampered the venue for the past several decades.

The front of the house had charm, but it was not designed to accommodate large crowds and there were often traffic jams in the lobby as people crowded in and around the queues for tickets, toilets and snacks.

In the theater itself, the old hemp rigging system could not handle the thousands of pounds of lighting and sets required by today’s shows, so many big bands, dance companies, and shows. of Broadway that use a circus-type aerial rig just couldn’t play here.

In addition, the stage was only 22 feet deep, compared to the current standard of 30 feet, and the backstage for the performers was cramped and unwieldy.

The renovated building will change all that.

“Light fixture on the main street”

John Round, who lives and works in Keene, has frequented this “Main Street Light Fixture” for over 20 years.

The draw is more than the many theater shows, concerts, and movies he saw at the Colonial, which was listed on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places in 2004.

This is how an event triggers excited chatter that spills over to nearby restaurants and drift onto sidewalks.

Round, who works for The Richard Group, a company that manages insurance, benefits and financial services, served six years on the Colonial board of directors, including three as chairman. But it is another role – that of welcoming a crowd – that is close to his heart.

“One of my favorite things to do on the night of the show was serving as a porter. I was standing in front of the front doors, with the marquee on and the lights flashing, and I felt that energy as people started to enter. I welcomed them, thanked them for coming and told them to enjoy the show.

Main Street buzzed on these occasions, the crowd was a mix of locals and people from neighboring towns and states.

“There were nights when I didn’t know anyone and nights when I apparently knew everyone else,” Round said. “They still have that sense of anticipation, that excitement.”

Bill and Peggy Heyman became members of The Colonial in 1993, when a citizen effort, The Colonial Theater Group Inc., purchased the site and launched it as a non-profit organization.

“We have been loyal members and participants ever since,” said Bill Heyman, who also served for half a dozen years on the board, including three as chairman. “My favorite live shows have been Kathy Mattea, Arlo Guthrie and Natalie McMaster.”

The long list of artists who have performed there also includes Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton, Eddie Money and Art Garfunkel.

The future is now

Doyle said the performance center needs to be relevant to the next generation as well.

The completed exhibit hall, designed by Daniel V. Scully / Architects of Keene, aims in part to attract a younger audience with educational programming and performances by emerging artists and local performers.

The contemporary showroom, with monochrome color combinations, is an upgraded version of an industrial space. Although it was recently used as a fitness center, the building originally housed an automotive company that produced vehicles from 1915 to 1935.

“The second floor is supported by massive steel beams because the cars would go up to the second floor on a large ramp. (We) removed a lot of the second floor to create more height in the performance area, ”Doyle said.

There are 150 cushioned seats, including those that wrap around a balcony and others on risers at the bottom, where the push of a button retracts them for general admission events of up to 300 spectators standing.

For more information or to donate to the Colonial Performing Arts Center fundraising campaign, visit thecolonial.org.



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Nine Miami-based artists receive additional funding from the Knight Foundation. https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/02/nine-miami-based-artists-receive-additional-funding-from-the-knight-foundation/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/02/nine-miami-based-artists-receive-additional-funding-from-the-knight-foundation/#respond Wed, 02 Jun 2021 04:01:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/02/nine-miami-based-artists-receive-additional-funding-from-the-knight-foundation/ Miami artist Maya Billig’s “A Lot” is an interactive dance performance centered on the experience of regaining momentum after being “parked” in a space for an extended period of time. Billig’s piece is one of nine Knight New Work 2020 winners announced in June. Photo courtesy of the Knight Foundation Photo courtesy of the Knight […]]]>


Miami artist Maya Billig’s “A Lot” is an interactive dance performance centered on the experience of regaining momentum after being “parked” in a space for an extended period of time. Billig’s piece is one of nine Knight New Work 2020 winners announced in June.

Photo courtesy of the Knight Foundation

A driving circus, a writer’s mixtape and a virtual tour of Miami neighborhood bus stops are among the nine projects that will come to fruition with funding from Knight New Work.

The Knight Foundation-funded initiative last year launched an open appeal, challenging local artists to adapt their ideas to the constraints of the pandemic. The two-part initiative awarded $ 10,000 in grants to 18 local artists in December. An additional amount of $ 300,000 distributed among the nine winners announced on Wednesday will allow these artists to launch their work before the end of the year.

The first is “Oil Ancestors: Metaphysical Hotline” by Fereshteh Toosi. Miami artist immersive telephone theater experience will take place on select dates from June 9 to 20. The play creates a sort of session that turns participants into ancestors by placing them in a one-on-one phone conversation with a descendant from the future. “Oil Ancestors” forces participants to consider the past and take responsibility for our impact on the future, Toosi wrote in his grant proposal.

The nine winning proposals range from interactive pieces that can be experienced at home, such as those by Toosi, to live-drive performances, such as “A Lot” by Maya Billig, which explores the experience of regaining momentum afterwards. have been “parked” in a space. for an extended period. (Seems familiar?)

Knight New Work launched in 2018, but the 2020 edition of the biennial initiative comes at a time when the pandemic has put a particular strain on the performing arts, said Adam Ganuza, program manager for the Knight Foundation. Still, the constraints of social distancing have encouraged a high degree of creativity, he added.

“We have to be connected to each other in our society and we see the consequences of having disjointed and disconnected citizenship,” Ganuza said. “The arts are a powerful way of bringing us together even when we cannot be physically together. “

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Writer and Knight New Work Fellowship 2020 winner Octavia Yearwood will receive additional funding for her work “Life’s Interludes,” a blend of music and poetry coupled with visual components that share the complex experiences of queer artists. Tequan Picasso Johnson

“All nine projects are works of performing arts that contain adaptations drawn from lessons learned during the pandemic,” Ganuza said. “These are the types of lessons that will accompany us even in the post-pandemic period.”

With Toosi and Billig, the winners are:

Juraj Kojs, “Where is the house”: a multi-movement musical composition for voice, instruments and computers, which explores the theme of home, immigration and citizenship from the perspective of a recently naturalized American citizen.

Natasha Tsakos, “CARABOOM The Carwashow Miami”: an immersive and dynamic theatrical experience that aims to bring human connection, pleasure and fear back to people’s lives from the comfort of their vehicle.

Najja Moon, “The Huddle is a circle of prayer”: an immersive installation and interactive performance that encompasses sound, visual art, writing and movement.

Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez, “CuBlack: Invisibilized No More!”: a dance film and performance that analyzes black oppression within the Cuban community in Miami.

Carlos Miguel Caballero, Inez Barlatier and Lornoar, “Sharing Grandmothers”: a collaborative theatrical performance by Cuban Caballero, Haitian-American Barlatier and Cameroonian Lornoar, who have joined forces to combine original music and dance with themes that enhance the human experience.

Juggerknot Theater Co., “Miami Bus Stop Stories”: The creators of the popular and critically acclaimed theatrical performances “Miami Motel Stories” have designed an immersive virtual theater experience where bus passengers meet neighborhood residents at a series of virtual stops around Miami neighborhoods.

Octavia Yearwood, “Interludes of Life”: Yearwood’s project, named Miami New Times’ Best Author of Miami in 2018, is a blend of music and poetry paired with visual components that share the complex experiences of queer artists.



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A festival within a festival: Bard Summerscape & Bard Music Festival | Summer Arts Overview | Hudson Valley https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/01/a-festival-within-a-festival-bard-summerscape-bard-music-festival-summer-arts-overview-hudson-valley/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/01/a-festival-within-a-festival-bard-summerscape-bard-music-festival-summer-arts-overview-hudson-valley/#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 05:07:20 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/06/01/a-festival-within-a-festival-bard-summerscape-bard-music-festival-summer-arts-overview-hudson-valley/ Click to enlarge Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa Mwenso and the Shakes. As part of the music of the twentieth century, Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) stands out as a kingmaker. Although she was a composer and conductor herself, it was her role as a teacher of others that made her one of the most important and influential […]]]>


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As part of the music of the twentieth century, Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) stands out as a kingmaker. Although she was a composer and conductor herself, it was her role as a teacher of others that made her one of the most important and influential figures in Western culture. The diverse roster of the French mentor’s students continues to be felt through their art and the art of those who, in turn, have been touched by it; Among Boulanger’s students were Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Quincy Jones, Phillip Glass, Burt Bacharach, Elliott Carter, Michel Legrand, Astor Piazolla, Daniel Barenboim, Donald Byrd and other giants. Given her impact as an educator, it is therefore poetically perfect for Boulanger to have been selected as the thematic figurehead of the 31st annual Bard College educational incubator. Bard Music Festival and “festival within a festival”, SummerScape, which will take place between July 8 and August 15.

“[Boulanger] has had more influence on the contemporary music lineage than anyone else, ”says Bard Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester. “But because she was a woman and because the world is so sexist, she was overlooked. For these reasons, [Bard College president] Leon Botstein thought it was important that she be the lead songwriter this year, and I certainly agree. She is the first female composer to be chosen for the program. It is a major event.

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Or to be precise, a series of events, presented in contexts very different from those of past Bard festivals, in response to the pandemic that saw in 2020 the cancellation of the celebration of world-class music and the arts. . Entitled ‘Nadia Boulanger and Her World’, this year’s return of the festival will feature a curated selection of concerts, films, lectures and dance, theater and cabaret performances occurring not only in the Frank-designed Fisher Center. Gehry on the main campus, but also online through UPSTREAMING, the centre’s virtual service, and outside on his campus adjacent to historic Montgomery Square.

Highlights include the first fully staged US production of “King Arthur (Le Roi Arthus)”, the only opera by Boulanger-near-contemporary composer Ernest Chausson; the world premiere of “Waiting for Echo of a Better Day,” a dance performance created by Fisher Center choreographer in residence Pam Tanowitz and Sphinx Award-winning composer Jessie Montgomery; “Most Happy” a concert of songs from Frank Loesser’s musical “The Most Happy Fella” directed by Daniel Fish (the recent Broadway cover of “Oklahoma!”); the two “Black Roots Summer” weekends, a celebration of Black roots music organized by Michael Mwenso and Jono Gasparro; and a special concert by cabaret favorite Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.

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  • Norman Garrett as King Arthur.

Set aside for 2021, the iconic Spiegeltent, which, due to its intimate size, does not allow adequate social distancing. But the magic of this circus-like festival will nonetheless be in full force, says Lester. “One positive outcome of the pandemic is that it has led us to focus on presenting live music and other outdoor events, with the beautiful Hudson Valley as a backdrop,” he explains. he. “We have built a new stage at Montgomery Place, and the pitch will be infused with all the panache.e and elegance that people associate with the Spiegeltent. This aspect is something that I think we will have even more of in the future.

SummerScape’s Bard Music Festival and “Nadia Boulanger and Her World” will take place in Annandale-on-Hudson from July 8 to August 15. Visit the Fisher Center website for a full schedule, tickets, and more information.



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Wayne Scott Kermond talks about SPIEGELESQUE https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/31/wayne-scott-kermond-talks-about-spiegelesque/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/31/wayne-scott-kermond-talks-about-spiegelesque/#respond Mon, 31 May 2021 01:53:18 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/31/wayne-scott-kermond-talks-about-spiegelesque/ Entertainment enthusiasts don’t have long to wait: the highly anticipated SPIEGELESQUE extravagance is set to open its ten-day race on the 17the June at Riverside Theaters, Parramatta, serving an abundance of much-needed “joy, love and laughter”. Customers eager for escape and unadulterated entertainment should prepare for a feast: the mouth-watering ingredients of vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret […]]]>


Entertainment enthusiasts don’t have long to wait: the highly anticipated SPIEGELESQUE extravagance is set to open its ten-day race on the 17the June at Riverside Theaters, Parramatta, serving an abundance of much-needed “joy, love and laughter”. Customers eager for escape and unadulterated entertainment should prepare for a feast: the mouth-watering ingredients of vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret and slapstick combine to promise a sensory spectacle and a unique theatrical experience.

SPIEGELESQUE creator and star Wayne Scott Kermond lifts the veil on the show he affectionately describes as his “baby.”

A commendable provenance

The term ‘show business royalty’ may be so cliché that it doesn’t make sense these days – but there really isn’t a more precise way to salute Wayne Scott Kermond. Famous ‘born in a trunk’ – as any Google search will tell you – this great fourth-gen showbiz literally has entertainment in its blood. In addition to having a remarkable experience for its versatility, Kermond’s ancestors cut their teeth in the most emblematic places of Sydney, notably the Tivoli and the Trocadero. Bettors can therefore be sure of one thing: SPIEGELESQUE is in good hands. Such is Kermond’s confidence in the series, he and producer Katie funded the entire operation themselves, without seeking government support. With such confidence and investment in the project, the expectations for production can only be sky-high.

Great expectations

The covid landscape has forced the entire artistic industry to adapt over the past eighteen months and SPIEGELESQUE is not exempt from it. But this show will no doubt continue, with the safety rules only reshaping the performance rather than diluting it. Adapting to circumstances is inherent in cabaret and variety, so this need to adapt did not deter Kermond. Well invested in his creation, he simply returned to the drawing board and found a way to ensure a safe and engaging production.

Wayne Scott Kermond

And what can theatergoers expect from the show itself? From the outset, guests are encouraged to ‘leave [their] real life at the door ”- and the timing is perfect. Real life has thrown a barrage of curveballs at everyone lately. A production with a sense of fun and community has a zeitgeisty appeal right now. With the multi-act diversity and classlessness of vaudeville, the derisory humor of burlesque and the naughty and “ underground ” nature of cabaret, what could be more intoxicating and festive than entering such a world for a few hours? Not to mention the role that a few drinks can play …

Playing the role of award-winning master of ceremonies Vayne, Kermond brings intimacy, professionalism and community spirit to the debates. And it goes without saying: shine is virtually guaranteed. This role is, after all, Kermond’s own creation. Interacting with the audience is integral to the role, and Kermond is ready to give audiences looking for human connection exactly what they need. The opportunity to perform “out of the blue” is one that holds no horror for this seasoned professional, and audiences can expect every performance to be unique, something no other audience has experienced. It is also a role in which Kermond can confidently put all his experience, having been involved in the evolution of the whole concept, since his days in the Spiegeltent. Moving to Glen Street in 2018 and then to various Australian venues, Kermond managed to recreate the ambiance and high energy of a circus tent in a static space; he knows what works and what doesn’t. Add to the mix an all-Australian cast of seven diverse and talented performers and the result is pretty sure.

When asked why the public should go see the show, Kermond is very clear: pure entertainment, its own brilliance (which is not seduced by confidence?), and the style of theater rich in variety. Equally clear is the current appeal of cabaret: older audiences are connecting with the familiarity of the genre – most notably the opportunity for engagement and intimacy that comes from breaking the fourth wall – while for the younger generation, it’s something new and different, which makes it fun for everyone. And with the impact of the past eighteen months, it’s no surprise that cabaret is experiencing some kind of resurgence.


No-Brainer

To sum up the early 2020s, many point to isolation, sacrifice, fear, hopelessness, and the screen as the most constant companion. SPIEGELESQUE offers the opportunity to leave that behind in favor of more joyful features and endeavors – singing, dancing, drinking, laughing, sneering, and the long-awaited chance to get closer and closer to real human beings and to dive in. with indulgence in a long bygone era when entertainment was king. Whether or not to attend this show is not at all a question. It’s obvious.

SPIEGELESQUE: the perfect antidote.

To visit the tickets Riversideparramatta.com.au/show/spiegelesque/

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5 best circuses in Philadelphia 🥇 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/30/5-best-circuses-in-philadelphia-%f0%9f%a5%87/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/30/5-best-circuses-in-philadelphia-%f0%9f%a5%87/#respond Sun, 30 May 2021 12:59:23 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/30/5-best-circuses-in-philadelphia-%f0%9f%a5%87/ Below is a list of the best and major circuses in Philadelphia. To help you find the best circuses near you in Philadelphia, we’ve put together our own list based on this list of rating points. The best circuses in Philadelphia: The top rated circuses in Philadelphia are: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts – committed […]]]>


Below is a list of the best and major circuses in Philadelphia. To help you find the best circuses near you in Philadelphia, we’ve put together our own list based on this list of rating points.

The best circuses in Philadelphia:

The top rated circuses in Philadelphia are:

  • Philadelphia School of Circus Arts – committed to providing circus performances with compassion and enrichment
  • Lou Johnson – The Juggler – invites guests into a world of surprising magic
  • Magical Memories Entertainment – provides comprehensive entertainment and party needs that will make the celebrations unique and memorable
  • The Pirate Empire – includes a world-class Captain Jack impersonator
  • Fly School Circus Arts – help people achieve their goals and dreams of flying

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is committed to providing circus shows with compassion and enrichment. Their staff is made up of professional circus artists and teachers. Students can enroll in their award-winning summer camp for youth where children can enjoy the excitement and challenges of circus performances. Students of all ages can also sign up for a private lesson to progress faster as they can solve difficult problems or develop a performance routine. In addition, virtual lessons are also available for those who prefer to learn in the comfort of their own homes.

Products:

circus, course, acrobatics

Location:

Address: 6452 Greene St Philadelphia, PA 19119
Telephone: (215) 849-1991
Website: phillycircus.com

Comments:

“Here’s a chance to see a great group of talented, hard-working kids. Haunted mansion of the Philadelphia Contemporary Circus School. Designed, built and played by students. I went to the family show. It was great to see the students working hard to make sure the younger ones have a good time. – James P.

Lou Johnson – The Juggler

Lou the juggler

Lou Johnson – The Juggler invites its guests into a world of surprising magic. He has performed in 15 different states, trade shows, store openings and commercials. He received the Rising Star Award from The Bash for receiving the highest score and total number of successful bookings for 2020. Additionally, he also set 2 world records in Cardistry using Jumbo Cards. Although he is based in New York, he is willing to travel up to 100 miles from his hometown. The services it provides are a variety of arts, counseling, stilt walking and theater. In addition, it offers the public virtual performances to share laughter and make memories from anywhere in the world.

Products:

cardistry, stilt walk, acting

Location:

Address: Valley Stream, NY – will travel up to 100 miles
Telephone: (516) 978-7735
Website: loujuggler.com

Comments:

“The years of experience Lou brought to the table helped me plan a great event, where all the kids were smiling throughout the show. Lou was great at improvising and filling in the time when there was a hiccup with the other acts on the show. As the event coordinator, having Lou as the Ring Master made it easy for me to take care of the backstage. I totally recommend Lou! – Allison T.

Magical Memories Entertainment

Magical Memories Entertainment

Magical Memories Entertainment provides comprehensive entertainment and party needs that will make the celebrations unique and memorable. With their vast experience in hosting thousands of events around the world, they are always ready to bring the perfect entertainment to the next party. They specialize in hosting all types of events such as campus, corporate functions, college programs and many more. They offer a wide selection of DJs, photographers, magicians, jugglers, waders, balloon artists. Virtual entertainment is also available for everyone from all parts of the world to enjoy their wonderful performances.

Products:

DJ, photography, magicians, jugglers, waders, ball artists

Location:

Address: 210 Marble Ave Suite # 3 Pleasantville, NY 10570 – with satellite locations in Philadelphia
Telephone: (914) 548-2048
Website: mme123.com

Comments:

“I recently had the pleasure of working with Kara from Magical Memories Entertainment. This is the best group of people to work with. Communication, coordination and customer service were off the scale! The level of commitment, professionalism, sincerity and talent is unmatched. THANK YOU MRS! “- Scott W.

The Pirate Empire

The Pirate Empire

The Pirate Empire features a world class Captain Jack impersonator. Steven Dapcevich was featured on 3,000,000 postcards that were distributed around the world. Steve and his team have also been featured in numerous newspapers and dozens of radio shows across the country. Birthday parties, corporate events, get-togethers and greetings and parades are some of the services they offer. He and his pirate crew installed pirate ships and accessories to make the event more realistic and exciting. Apart from hacker impersonations, they also offer themed party packages for Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Power Rangers, Mermaids and many more.

Products:

copycat

Location:

Address: Philadelphia, PA – trip across the country
Telephone: (484) 949-0293
Website: thepirateempire.com

Comments:

“Our community association hired The Pirate Empire to provide a Santa Claus character for our holiday event. The service we received was very good. Steven arrived early, even after traveling 3 hours from the Philadelphia area to Bowie, MD where our event was being held! He was polite and professional. His imitation of Santa Claus delighted children and adults. Thank you to the Pirate Empire for its role in creating a memorable event for our residents! “- Nichelle M.

Fly School Circus Arts

Fly School Circus Arts

Fly School Circus Arts help people achieve their goals and dreams of flying. Mary Kelly Rayel, the founder of the Fly School Circus Arts, has extensive experience performing aerobatics throughout the southern United States. She has taught gymnastics, circus techniques and aerial acrobatics for various camps, events and organizations. Its classes have a maximum of 10 people per class. In addition, course cards for 6 classes and 3 classes are available for those who wish to continuously learn aerial acrobatics. In addition, children ages 5 and up are also welcome to participate and learn the art of flying.

Products:

courses, aerial acrobatics

Location:

Address: Kirby Lions Camp 1735 Narrows Hill Rd Uppr Blk Eddy, PA 18972
Telephone: (215) 262-7353
Website: flyschoolcircusarts.com

Comments:

“Mary Kelly and her team are awesome. If you are looking for a fun outdoor activity on a beautiful day, something unique to do in a group, or you just need an adventure; you have to try your hand at flying trapeze. – Erika B.



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Top things to do in and around Atlanta this month – 95.5 WSB https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/29/top-things-to-do-in-and-around-atlanta-this-month-95-5-wsb/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/29/top-things-to-do-in-and-around-atlanta-this-month-95-5-wsb/#respond Sat, 29 May 2021 15:33:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/29/top-things-to-do-in-and-around-atlanta-this-month-95-5-wsb/ Looking for something to do around Atlanta? Here are a few things to do around Atlanta for those who wish to go out. But as things are constantly changing, please confirm that the event is still happening before attending and it is best to always take a mask. Sunday May 30 Memorial Day Celebration at […]]]>


Looking for something to do around Atlanta? Here are a few things to do around Atlanta for those who wish to go out. But as things are constantly changing, please confirm that the event is still happening before attending and it is best to always take a mask.

Sunday May 30

Memorial Day Celebration at Dillard House

The Dillard House presents November Blue, a multi-genre group from Nashville that will perform on Sunday, May 30. The Dillard House invites you and your family to join them for a fun weekend that includes barbecue chicken, ribs and brisket, hot dogs, sides, desserts and great music. Check Maison Dillard website to learn more about the big event.

Now-May 31

Sanctuary Circus at Cumming Fairgrounds

In addition to the 26 circus shows under the marquee, there are over 40 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as many dishes such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears and more.

Saturdays

Lawn Movies

Every Saturday through July 31, the community is invited to enjoy an evening of delicious bites and classic movies at Uptown Atlanta. Participation in the event is free, but reservations are required. May 29 – Good morning Vietnam

May 28

In the Wildwood Summer Concert Series

As the live music experience can slowly come to life, Wildwood Revival launches its first series of social distancing summer concerts, In the Wildwood, featuring several concerts located at Cloverleaf Farm just outside of Athens, Georgia. The Old Crow Medicine Show with special guest Caleb Caudle will perform on May 28.

May 29-31

The Georgian Renaissance Festival

Enjoy the three-day Memorial Day weekend with a “Pirate Invasion” theme at the festival.

May 29-30

Alpharetta Arts Street Party

Dozens of colorful artisans from across the country will present their work to downtown Alpharetta through the Village Green. Enjoy live music, shows, kids’ activities and festival food! Free entry!

May 30

Pool party at the Omni

The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta offers a pop-up cocktail lounge and poolside party featuring one of Atlanta’s top DJs, DJ EU. Whether you want to sip Braves themed cocktails or just relax 150 yards from the plate at 582 Waterside Lounge, the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta has it all this weekend.

June 5

Small beer festival

Co-hosted by the Town of Duluth, the inaugural Little Beer Festival will take place in Parsons Alley Yard just outside Good Word Brewing and feature over 40 hand-selected exclusive breweries and over 80 types of beers!

June 6

Savor the boulevard

Seven Avalon restaurants will come together to create an outdoor dining experience that will support struggling restaurant workers. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., foodies are invited to the versatile Alpharetta destination for the third annual Savor the Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration to benefit Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides aid emergency catering employees in crisis. With tables spanning Avalon Boulevard, the Al fresco dining invites patrons to indulge in an exceptional dining experience at street level, with prix fixe four-course meals and drink pairings from Biltong Bar, Branch & Barrel, Colletta, Cru Wine Bar, Oak Steakhouse, Rumi’s Kitchen and South City Kitchen.

June 12

Atlanta Summer Beer Festival

Atlanta’s 11th Annual Summer Beer Festival features over 150 beers, hard seltzers, and a selection of wines and ciders. There will be live music, QTip DJs, lots of fun and games, and food will be available for purchase.

June 19-20

Juneteenth

The Sautee Nacoochee community association will host events at museums, the African American heritage site, art galleries and theater highlighting the observance of Juneteenth. Kids can take part in a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Through the activity, they will learn about the importance of 19th century and African American individuals who have had an impact on the community. Those who don’t wish to participate in the scavenger hunt can stop by the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia to pick up a Juneteenth take-out package, which includes a copy of Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper. Families can visit the heritage site and the Blacksmith’s Forge on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Until October 31

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom

Come discover two new exhibits at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Aerial art in motion and art in bloom! Aerial in motion features a custom-created ‘skynet’ that ripples in the air above Storza Woods like a flock of multi-colored birds, while large-scale glass flower sculptures bloom in the more formal gardens. Masks are mandatory inside.

In progress

Tuesday – Sunday

Cocktails in the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Garden now hosts live music every night from Cocktails in the Garden … Enjoy Atlanta’s favorite outdoor escape, accompanied by great music from local musicians. Masks are mandatory, tickets can be purchased online.



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Creatives and COVID: Amelia Castillo | Entertainment https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/creatives-and-covid-amelia-castillo-entertainment/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/creatives-and-covid-amelia-castillo-entertainment/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 17:00:00 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/creatives-and-covid-amelia-castillo-entertainment/ Creatives & COVID is an ongoing series where members of the local arts industry discuss the pandemic, its impacts, and how they have adapted. The series shines a light on how musicians, artists and visual artists in the northeastern and northern kingdom went through a year when the arts industry – which depends on bringing […]]]>


Creatives & COVID is an ongoing series where members of the local arts industry discuss the pandemic, its impacts, and how they have adapted. The series shines a light on how musicians, artists and visual artists in the northeastern and northern kingdom went through a year when the arts industry – which depends on bringing people together – was shut down by COVID -19.

This week, Amelia Castillo, 32, a veteran performer of Glover’s Bread and Puppet Theater, talks about the impact of COVID on the internationally acclaimed company.

Founded in 1963, Bread and Puppet has been based in the North East Kingdom since the early 1970s. It is one of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the country.

When the pandemic hit, what did the Bread and Puppet Theater have in store, planning or planning for the year ahead?

The pandemic struck while we were on the road, two weeks after a three month long tour of the United States. We turned around and headed home. We have canceled our spring residency as well as our summer apprenticeship program. We were able to have our summer season of shows – outdoor, socially distant circuses for an audience of 150 people. We also did a short tour in early fall – again all outdoor shows, with social distancing and small audiences. We had to cancel a longer tour in New Orleans in late fall, as well as our traditional New York residence in December. We have also canceled a national tour scheduled for spring 2021.

How has COVID had an artistic and financial impact on the Bread and Puppet Theater?

Our summer season has always been done by donation – whoever wanted to come has just introduced himself. Because we could only accommodate 150 people and we had to contact trace and book these spaces, for the first time we started issuing tickets. Normally we would play a small indoor show on Friday, and a circus and outdoor show on Sunday. Because of the pandemic, we only did the circus three days a week. We canceled the apprenticeship program, as well as our longer tours, both of which represent a significant portion of our revenue.

How did Bread and Puppet adapt?

Over the years, Bread and Puppet has boasted of being a stand-alone theater. We survive through our shows, learning program, donations, and sales of posters, banners, books and other B&P Press publications. In 2020, we had to review these practices and positions. We have applied for emergency funding from PPP and the Vermont Council for the Arts. We have also significantly developed the B&P Press online store, which has enabled us to better support ourselves. We consulted with healthcare professionals and organizations, and with a lot of effort we were able to craft a socially remote system to welcome the public in a way that felt safe.

Has COVID provided or created opportunities for Bread and Puppet to grow or evolve as an arts organization?

Because we had to cancel our tours, we were able to perform more regularly in Vermont. We were also more available to support local organizations and strengthen relationships that are important to us, such as with Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante, and other local activist and community groups. Before the Stay-At-Home Ordinance went into effect in March 2020, we set up a little circus and performed it in the aisles of friends and neighbors. This spring we organized a series of short shows and performed them in the parking lots around the NEK. We felt it was important to be here in Vermont to support NEK rallies, parades and events.

Will the COVID changes be permanent?

The B&P Press online store now accounts for a larger portion of our revenue, and we hope it will continue to do so. In addition, some of our committee meetings will likely continue to be online, to accommodate our large community.

Now that we are approaching a time when (hopefully) restrictions will be relaxed and the arts sector will return, what are your plans? Does Bread and Puppet have anything in store or planned?

At the beginning of June, we will start a new collaboration at the Bread and Puppet farm. The show will be an adaptation of the Persians, a tragedy by Aeschylus and the oldest play in Western literature. Along with the formidable cast of performers from Bread & Puppet, collaborators will include Idith Korman, Damian Norfleet and Neta Rudich (Ensemble Pi), Melanie Henley Heyn (soprano), Gideon Crevoshay (Tenores de Aterúe), Tomas Majcherski (Tranqwild) and John Bell (Ballard Institute and Puppet Museum). The show will play on June 11, 12 and 13.

Bread and Puppet will also be performing Our Domestic Resurrection Circus every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. from July 10 to August 29.

COVID influenced art: yes or no?

For you, when will be the moment when you say “OK, it’s over?”

When we can stay overnight with friends and community members in cities across the country and around the world where we tour.



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Club Fugazi to reopen with intimate and immersive residential production The 7 Fingers https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/club-fugazi-to-reopen-with-intimate-and-immersive-residential-production-the-7-fingers/ https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/club-fugazi-to-reopen-with-intimate-and-immersive-residential-production-the-7-fingers/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 11:00:31 +0000 https://generatingcompany.co.uk/2021/05/28/club-fugazi-to-reopen-with-intimate-and-immersive-residential-production-the-7-fingers/ The production was created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll. Today, internationally renowned arts leader David Dower announced the launch of Club Fugazi Experiences, a new arts and culture venture designed and created by a team of renowned and award-winning producers. As part of this new venture, […]]]>


The production was created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll.

Today, internationally renowned arts leader David Dower announced the launch of Club Fugazi Experiences, a new arts and culture venture designed and created by a team of renowned and award-winning producers. As part of this new venture, Club Fugazi – the former home of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon – will become the site of an all-new theatrical experience of the world-renowned circus and arts collective, The 7 Fingers. . The intimate and immersive resident production, created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll, will serve as a love letter to the City by the Bay. Performances of the new production will begin in fall 2021. Tickets will go on sale at the end of June 2021. Additional details, including upcoming artistic initiatives and Club Fugazi Experiences events, will be announced on a date later.

“This project is a labor of love for everyone involved,” said Dower. “I launched my theater career here in San Francisco. Gypsy and Shana are from San Franciscans. To have the opportunity to revive a place with such a rich history, just as we emerge from this long and dense cloud, is for us a powerful and energizing privilege. Without optimism, there will be no recovery. We are proud to inject a burst of hope into the story of San Francisco’s resurgence. “

“The arts are part of what makes our city special and are going to be a central part of San Francisco’s recovery from this pandemic,” said San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed. “Club Fugazi has a long history of attracting residents and visitors from all over for a unique and fun experience in North Beach. I am so excited that this amazing place continues to come alive with these new creative performances. I can’t wait to see the production when it opens. “

“Club Fugazi is a deeply rooted historic place in North Beach and San Francisco,” adds Aaron Peskin, District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco. “If it was bittersweet to see Beach Blanket Babylon putting its hats away after 45 years of sparkling racing, the Club Fugazi scene will shine again! I am delighted to welcome the acrobatic performance artists of The 7 Fingers and their creative vision to Club Fugazi. The 7 Fingers also have roots in San Francisco, with two of the co-founders hailing from the Pickle Family Circus. I can’t wait to welcome them into their home and breathe new life into this historic and special building.

Told through death-defying acrobatics, impressive choreography and movement, and original music, the yet-to-name production at Club Fugazi invites locals and visitors to an exhilarating adventure both through the essence and the myth that has earned San Francisco the place it holds in our collective imagination. From the Gold Rush and the 1906 earthquake to the summer of love and the mysterious fog, San Francisco will come to life through a series of paintings (acts) that pay homage to the breathtaking beauty of the city , with memorable characters and astonishing resilience. The production will perform seven performances per week at Club Fugazi.

“San Francisco is the heart of my creative inspiration,” Snider said. “I have never stopped wanting to create for and with the city which raised me on the importance of the voice of individuals within a community. We are honored that Club Fugazi is part of the return to culture and gathering in San Francisco… ”

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