Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: Quality of life
Date: 1998
Location: Performed in New York City in 1998.
Work Type: Performance., Circus., Street theater., Political performance., Queer performance.
Circus Amok, producer ; Jennifer Miller, producer, director ; Jenny Romaine, music director ; Bob Morris, Sarah Shulman, additional writing ; Alessandra Nichols, Scott Heron, Jonathan Berger, design ; Delano Lopez, tech director ; Roderick Murray, tech consultant ; Stephanie Monsell, seamstress ; Susana Cook / Tango Lesbiano, video.
Circus Amok.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:30:13
Language: English
Synopsis: Video documentation of Circus Amok's show, 'Quality of Life,' performed in 1998 in diverse New York City parks, squares and other public spaces. The piece revolves around political, social and economic issues at play in New York City, while posing a critique of the clash between the needs of the diverse, multitudinous population of NYC, and the oppressive governmental policies impacting the city. Poverty, oppressive labor conditions and other economic inequalities, along with police brutality, unequal rights for minorities, political oppression, lack of affordable health services, and excessive construction of corporate and commercial buildings in residential areas (including the demolition of community gardens) are some of the topics here exposed.Through the unveiling of these issues, the piece poses an open call for civic activism and empowerment, a demand for justice and for a revision of the coordinates of NYC civil life, all interwoven 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 NYC. 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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