Fall 2018 CROSS COUNTRY TOUR!
Presenting Two Programs: The 6000 Generation Circus
The Basic Byebye Show
We will be traveling through the northeast to the Midwest, out to the Pacific Northwest, down the West Coast, back across the South West and the Deep South, and up the Eastern Seaboard.
Look out for dates soon!
Also, contact Josh Krugman — jrkrugman(at)gmail(dot)com — with booking inquiries. There are still some open dates!
DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS:
The 6000 Generation Circus
The 6000 Generation Circus is an up-to-the minute version of the iconic Bread and Puppet Circus: a large-scale political puppet spectacle powered by a hot brass band, which borrows from traditional Circus tropes to address the urgent issues of the day.
B&P Director, Peter Schumann, says of this year’s Circus:
“The circus started 6000 generations ago when a 2-legged mythological beast invented language & with it claimed humanity. The claim continues, but the humanity is in question.
“The organized crime which is called politics continues to devastate its own kind as well as the mountains & the valleys of the original luxury planet & as disparity grows the manufacture of the planet’s doom accelerates.
“The circus is one of the many human protests that must unify into one cry & revolution in order to draw the proper consequences from the 6000 generations.”
The Basic Bye-bye Show
The Basic Bye-bye Show is a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.
In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words — “Resist,” “Bread,” “Yes,” “Sky,” “Riot,” “Byebye.” Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted “basic byebyes” to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.
B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: “The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet – which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian’s basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system.”
Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal
Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal is a raucous retrospective of Bread and Puppet’s work in this dynamic and democratic medium.
Though Bread and Puppet uses the Italian name (“canta-storia” means sung story in Italian), this versatile form has its roots in India ca. 600 AD and has flourished in various guises all over Europe and Asia for the last 1,500 years — from etoki and kamishibai in Japan, to bankelsang in Germany. Common across this diversely productive history is the performance of pictures through the use of song, movement, text, and puppetry.
For 50 years, Bread and Puppet has performed cantastorias in the streets and on stage to speak to the urgent themes of the moment. This program comprises a selection of 5 Bread and Puppet cantastorias, from The Foot (1982) to From the Possibilitarian Arsenal of Belligerent Slogans (2017), all of which celebrate creative intervention in the face of an intolerable status quo and the beauty and necessity of protest. The pieces demonstrate the range of director, Peter Schumann’s pictorial invention — from woodcuts emulating Dürer’s Apocalypse to wildly expressionistic paintings, as well as the range of the Bread and Puppet ensemble — from impassive Brechtian didacticism to gleeful slapstick dance: all of it, of course, in service of “the Possibilitarian take-over of society.”
After Faust 2’s contract with the devil came to an end — because the guest had been fulfilled and satisfaction had been achieved — Faust 2 died. But the demand for more light which Goethe issued at his own death requires a new model of Faust, an actor in the history of light, a conspirator who pursues the disordering of the existing order of life, & sides with the Proletariat’s demand for the radicalization of leisure. Gargoyles are employed to manage the uneasy masses. Both devil & angel, disguised as undercover agents, accompany Faust 3’s journey through the mess of the modern empire all the way to the glorious final appearance of the Here.