Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: NY ground under
Alternate Title: Ground under
Alternate Title: New York ground under
Date: 1994 June
Location: Performed in New York City in June 1994.
Work Type: Performance., Circus., Street theater., Political performance., Queer performance.
Circus Amok, producer ; Jennifer Miller, producer, director.
Circus Amok, Jennifer Miller.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:46:55
Language: English
Synopsis: Video documentation of Circus Amok's show, 'NY: Ground Under,' performed in 1994 in diverse New York City parks, squares and other public spaces. The piece revolves around political, social and economic issues at play in NYC, posing a critique of the disconnect between the needs of the diverse, multitudinous population of NY vis-à-vis oppressive governmental policies impacting the city. The skits highlight the ethnic diversity of its population, while alluding to controversial budget cuts and public transportation campaigns, ineffective bureaucracy, oppressive policies regarding minorities, the pervasive presence of police forces in the public sphere, and issues of public health and environmental concerns related to waste management policies. Exposing controversial policies while educating and entertaining the audience, this piece is a call for civic action framed in a joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun. 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
190 Bedford Ave, #213
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone(Business): +1-347-743-7880