Victory Over Everything Circus (Bread & Puppet)

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Bread and Puppet presents the Victory Over Everything Circus. The show combines slapstick with the choreography of beautiful blue horses and the dangerous acrobatics of "The Tigers of Consumption". Zebra's gracefully dance to live music performed with the help of many local volunteers. Although the Circus deals with politics of the day, it is fun for the whole family. Bread & Puppet Theatre, one of the country's oldest and most successful alternative theater groups, was founded in 1962 by Peter Schumann, a German-born sculptor. Inspired by ancient folk traditions as well as classical artists like Goya, Massacio and Michelangelo, Bread & Puppet Theatre quickly began to illustrate everything from children's fairy tales to the daily news. As the puppets grew bigger, often approaching -- and even exceeding -- human scale, the theater pieces began to grow more complex, incorporating elements of sculpture, music and dance. By the mid-1960s, the company had become involved with a variety of contemporary social issues and had begun to stage ambitious public events like rent strikes, voter registration parades and, during the Vietnam War, block-long street demonstrations. In the early 1970s, Bread & Puppet Theater relocated their current facilities on an old farm in Glover, Vermont. The company's tradition of social engagement lives on today in the form of public productions held on a variety of social, political and environmental themes, and in the annual "Our Domestic Resurrection Circus", a two-day summer festival. They have also played a part in the many demonstrations that have been held recently against the NAFTA and the War in Iraq. Bread & Puppet Theatre tours extensively and has appeared in North Africa, Venezuela, Australia, Italy, France, Poland, Yugoslavia, Taiwan and elsewhere.

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