Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: The medicine show
Alternate Title: Spies r us
Date: 2001 June 24
Location: Performed at Tompkins Square Park, New York City, on June 24, 2001.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Circus., Political performance., Queer performance.
Circus Amok, producer ; conceived and directed by Jennifer Miller ; Jenny Romaine, musical director ; Terry Dame, composer-in-residence ; Noelle Kalom, T. P. Kelley, Mady Schutzman, Jenny Romaine, oral tradition, writers ; Scotty Heron, graphic design ; Laura Kamali, midway organizer ; Jonathan Berger, Scotty Heron, Honza, Elissa JiJi, Alessandra Nichols, Alex Walsh, Marcela Oteiza, Meg Sanders, sets, props, and costumes ; Sir Becca Blackwell, tech director/truck driver.
Jennifer Miller, Osmany Tellez, Michelle Matlock, Noelle Kalom, Cathy Weis, Rachel Kramer, Roderick Murray, Cypress, Ashley Brockington, Jenny Romaine (musician), Terry Dame (musician), Steve Berman (musician), Ben Meyers (musician), Mary Feaster (musician), Lisa Frisari (musician) ; Jonathan Berger, Meg Sanders, Marcela Oteiza, roustabouts.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:25:07
Language: English
Synopsis: Handheld video documentation of Circus Amok's 'The Medicine Show', performed at Tompkins Square Park in New York City. A joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun, this performance deals with social aspects of health, exploring issues like alternative medicine, the historical portrayal of medicine products through racist propaganda, mortality, worldwide epidemics, and health insurance. In particular, the piece delves into the dark side of pharmaceutical companies' and health insurance companies' capitalist strategies; countering these policies, the piece strongly advocates for universal healthcare and widespread access to indispensable medical resources. 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
Contact: Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller
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Brooklyn, NY 11249
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