Collection Title: Circus Amok collection
Title: Money amok
Date: 1996 June 8
Location: Performed in New York City on June 8, 1996.
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): 01:15:09
Language: English
Synopsis: Video documentation of Circus Amok's show, 'Money Amok', performed in 1996 in diverse New York City parks, squares and other public spaces. The piece revolves around the political and social implications of the current U.S.economic climate. Issues like financial monopolies, budget safety nets, financial loopholes, the national debt, the cutting of social programs, the corporate dependence on government handouts, and the unequal distribution of wealth under the idea of 'progress' are all managed in the skits comprising the performance. 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 American 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
190 Bedford Ave, #213
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone(Business): +1-347-743-7880