Tour Schedule

 

For descriptions of the shows in the current Touring repertory, scroll down below the schedule.

LABORDAY WEEKEND TOURING SCHEDULE

 

Friday August 29th , 3 pm 

Big Town Gallery, Rochester VT

The Nothing is Not Ready Circus AND Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Peter Schumann

99 N Main St, Rochester, VT 05767

Performed in the Big Town Gallery’s amphitheater.  In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit of Peter Schumann’s paintings and sculpture.

For more information please visit:

http://www.bigtowngallery.com/

 

 

Saturday August 30th , 7 pm

The Quarry, Acton, Mass

Insurrection Oratorio

68 Quarry Road Acton, Massachusetts 01720

Admission $ 20 a person

For more information please visit:

http://www.contemporaryartsinternational.org/event/bread-puppet-insurrection-oratorio/

 

 

Sunday August 31st , 3pm

Magazine Beach Park Cambridge Mass

The Nothing is Not Ready Circus

719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge (Cambridgeport), MA 02139

Free Admission, Donations Appreciated

For more information please visit:

 http://magazinebeach.org/events/

In case of rain, the show will be held at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 , http://www.cambridgecc.org/

 

Monday September 1st ,  4 pm

Bread and Roses Festival Lawrence, Mass

The Nothing is Not Ready Circus

Lawrence Commons, Lawrence, Mass

For more information please visit:

http://breadandrosesheritage.org/welcome.html.

 

 

DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS:

 

The-Nothing-Is-Not-Ready Circus: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution lead the way. Nothing Is Not Ready is the name of the show.

 

Insurrection Oratorio: The Oratorio, an improvised piece with vocal and instrumental music based on Viktor Lois’ mechanical instruments, will include visual elements, movement and pertinent political texts.

 

The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: HISTORY

Featuring  historic monuments, traditional broom dances to sweep away monumental debris, an anti-extinction angel, a 100 watt lightbulb, a rhino and a ship of fools, all tied into one show for the purpose of edging the not yet upriser-masses into existence.

Public Access photo by Tom Cunningham

Public Access photo by Tom Cunningham

 

Birdcatcher in Hell

In 1971, inspired by the fresh green of the Cate Farm meadows, Peter Schumann was moved to make a show all in red, sculpting and painting dozens of masks, including a huge, intricately decorated “King of Hell.”  The story came from an ancient Kyogen, a comic interlude in the Japanese Noh cycle. Schumann, together with poet Bob Nichols, had already created a “Birdcatcher”  show in the mid sixties back in New York City. Strong political messages colored both versions:  The bombardment of Vietnam civilians by US “observers” in the sky-blue 1960′s version, and President Nixon’s pardon of Lt. Calley, responsible for the My Lai massacre, in the later 1971 version. This show also included texts of slaughter and mayhem from the Iliad.

This year, Bread & Puppet presents a revival performance of this historic 1971 with members of the original cast from that time. Now, 42 years after the first performance, many of the original performers – Sue Bettman, Mark Dannenhauer, Marc Estrin, and Avram Patt  – take part in the effort. B & P Press Printshop Manager, Lila Winstead, with  community help, re-printed the many costumes and banners from the original masonite cuts.

Birdcatcher in Hell 2013, photo by Massimo Schuster

Birdcatcher in Hell 2013, photo by Massimo Schuster

 

Shatterer of Worlds Chapel with Naturalization Services for Applicants Requesting Citizenship in the Shattered World

The Shatterer of Worlds (chapel with naturalization services for applicants requesting citizenship in the shattered world), a walkabout political puppet performance, enveloping audience and performers alike. At the moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped, Oppenheimer, the chief architect of that bomb, recalled words from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu prayer epic: “Life, the splendor of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” In view of the latest failed earth summit and faced with the likelihood of multiple planetary shatterings, this sentence is reproduced by the Paper Maché Authorities in the Cathedral of Impermanence for your enlightenment and as a reminder of our possible predicament. The overt extrajudicial capabilities of the society system allow the shatterer of worlds to function legally to cultivate destructions so minute and gigantic, the eye cannot perceive and the mind cannot behold them. No politician, no hazardous substance, but a well-established tradition and demon strengthened by endless practices of devastation, the shatterer continues to plot the assassination of existence-as-it-is, while disguising his activities as benevolent maneuvers meant to cure the two ailing adversaries: the planet and humanity.

Link to representative “The Shatterer of Worlds” footage taken by Mark Dannenhauer: http://vimeo.com/75177278.

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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