Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: Quality of life II
Date: 1999
Location: Performed at Tompkins Square Park, New York City, in 1999
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 ; Mark Sussman, Sarah Schulman, Mady Schutzman, Jenny Romaine, additional writing ; Lorin Sklamberg, Duke Ellington, additional composition and glamor ; Scotty Heron, graphic design ; Andrea De Francesco, tech director/truck driver ; Laura Helton, Alessandra Nichols, Scotty Heron, Leslie Weinberg, Jonathan Burger, Nancy Brody, Seana Gordon, sets and props.
Jennifer Miller, Cathy Weis, Scotty Heron, Roderick Murray, Jennifer Monson, Tanya Gagné, Jenny Romaine (musician), Terry Dame (musician), Steve Berman (musician), Ben Meyers (musician), Bob Morris (musician), Mary Feaster (musician), Lisa Frisari (musician) ; Laura Helton, Jonathan Burger, Cypress, roustabouts.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:21:15
Language: English
Synopsis: Video documentation of Circus Amok's show 'Quality of Life II', performed in Tompkins Square Park in New York City in 1999. A joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun, this piece bring together utopic and dystopic aspects of living in NYC at the turn of the millennium. Police brutality, privatization, and excessive construction of corporate and commercial buildings in former residential areas (including the demolition of community gardens) are some aspects of an ongoing political process of restricting the pubic sphere, to which the troupe counteracts through the proposal and support of education, advocating for freedom and creativity, community building, and the public denunciation of abuse and injustice. 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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