Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: Princess the tail of a lost city
Alternate Title: Tail of a lost city
Date: 2005 Sept
Location: Performed on Coney Island, New York City, in Sept. 2005.
Work Type: Performance., Circus., Street theater., Political performance., Queer performance., Theater.
Credits:
Circus Amok, producer ; Jennifer Miller, director ; Jenny Romaine, musical director, additional writing, additional design ; Sandra Burns, art director ; Clare Dolan, Scotty Heron, Mornography, additional design ; Jessica Jones, Jules A, Susan Watts, musical transcription ; The Twins, Michelle Matlock, Alessandra Nichols, Brian Garber, Jonathan Berger, Cindy Greenberg, Karrin Cheiffitz, Kate Hibbard, Gaby, Ashley Brockington, Tracy Otwell, Jonney Ahmanson, sets, props, and costumes.
Cast/Performers:
Jennifer Miller, Becca Blackwell, Ashley Brockington, Cindy Greenberg, Michelle Matlock, Osmany Telez, Carlton Ward, Jenny Romaine (musician), Mary Feaster (musician), Lee Bams Frisari (musician), Jessica Lurie (musician), Ben Meyers (musician), Alan Watsky (musician), Susan Watts (musician) ; Cypress, Kate Hibbard, Meg the Magnificent, roustabouts.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:58:16
Language: English
Synopsis: Handheld footage of Coney Island's 2005 Circus Amok's show 'Princess: The Tail of a Lost City', a queer political performance on city planning and housing policy. The exploits of Bluetessa and Squeemish take us on a quest for affordable housing in NYC, in a legal/magical battle between President Bush's 2005 executive order on Eminent Domain and the civil society's proposal of the Tenant Empowerment Act. Issues of civic representation in governmental processes spark interactive audience participation, proposing 'candidates' for the Supreme Court and calling the Mayor's Office of Operations demanding mandatory inclusionary zoning. Trolls, felines, evil developers, jugglers and acrobats all come together to educate, activate and entertain, in a joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun. Circus Amok (www.circusamok.org) is a New York City based circus-theater company whose mission is to provide free public art addressing contemporary issues of social justice to the people of New York City. Directed and founded by Jennifer Miller, the group has been together since 1989 bringing its funny, queer, caustic and sexy, political one-ring spectacles to diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. Over the years the traditional circus skills - tight rope walking, juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, clowning - have been combined with experimental dance, lifesize puppetry, music old and new, and gender-bending performance art and improvisational techniques, creating new meanings for circus while continuing to entertain the crowds of all ages throughout the city streets, gardens, parks, and playgrounds, inviting the audience to join them in envisioning a more empowered life of community interaction while enjoying a queer celebratory spectacle.
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Copyright Holder: Circus Amok
Contact: Jennifer Miller
Address:
Jennifer Miller
190 Bedford Ave, #213
Brooklyn, NY 11249
U.S.A.
Phone(Business): +1-347-743-7880
Email: jennifer@circusamok.org
Website: http://www.circusamok.org