Circus Amok has been an inspiration for performers seeking to mix gender bending, circus feats and radical politics since 1989. Sort of Bread & Puppet meets a drag show meets a circus. No animals. No alluring aerialists. No apologies. What makes Circus Amok stand out is it’s genuine messiness juxtapose with undeniable skill. It lets you know that you could be up there on stage too.
Jennifer also addresses the difficulties that queer artists face trying to fund their art and the impacts of the economic recession that make it even harder to spend time on community performance when folks are busy hustling to pay rent. It takes a lot of different skills to make a show happen, and if it wasn’t hard enough to create a quality performance, artists are also having to manage the logistics of securing a venue, renting equipment, making sure all the details are in place. It’s validating to hear that they face such obstacles but keep making their art. Awesome.