Circus Amok

Circus Amok

Circus Amok & Jennifer Miller: Super Queer, Super Circus

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.

Queer performance is not really a genre. It’s more of an attitude, an attitude towards the body, especially its sex and gender, and how that body is or is not resonant with social norms and rules.

Circus training…reminds me of why I play with risk and danger in the face of a culture obsessed with safety and comfort while obliterating any recognition of the dreadful hegemony at work in the manufactured consent of comfort and safety.