Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: Spies r us
Alternate Title: Performance Space 122 presents Circus Amok in Spies r us
Alternate Title: P.S. 122 presents Circus Amok in Spies r us
Date: 1990 Sept. 28
Location: Performed at P.S. 122, New York City, on Sept. 28, 1990.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Circus., Political performance., Queer performance.
Circus Amok, producer ; conceived and directed by Jennifer Miller ; Billy Swindler, musical director ; Dominique Dibbell, Sara Schulman, Rick Murray, writers ; recorded by Character Generators ; Arthur Armijo, videographer ; Leslie Weinberg, set, costumes, and puppet design ; Scott Heron, Jennifer Green, designers ; David Ferri, lighting design ; Robert Bresnick, research and consulting ; Jennifer Monson, giraffe choreography ; Leslie Weinberg, Kathy Danger, Sarah Germain, puppeteers ; Theresa Carr, ring construction ; Linda Austin, Quinn, follow-spot operators.
Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Green, Sarah Johnson, Rick Murray, Dominique Dibbell, Clarinda Mac Low, Tanya Balsley, Scott Heron, Sarah Germain, Billy Swindler (musician), Marc Dale (musician), Evan Gallagher (musician), L. J. Slavin (musician), Ralph Denzer (musician) ; Dee Dee Dorvillier, Karl Proksch, roustabouts.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:25:22
Language: English
Synopsis: Performed at renowned NYC performance venue P.S. 122, 'Spies R Us' is Circus Amok's second show. Through a carnivalesque 'film noir' aesthetic, the piece poses a satiric critique of US foreign (and homeland security) policy, in a joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun. The overarching theme of espionage points to conflicting relationships between 'special agents' of government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and issues of distortion and disinformation, imperialism, bigotry, violence, paranoia and political impunity. The play is an open call to be informed of current events and to defend and empower civic activism in the face of governmental conflictive agendas. Circus Amok ( 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
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