[act-ma] 9/2/2012: Bread and Puppet Theater on the Cambridge Common -- free performance (pass-the-hat donations welcome)

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Wed Aug 22 15:17:11 PDT 2012


BREAD & PUPPET THEATER

The Circus of the Possibilitarians

Cambridge Common
Sunday, September 2nd, 3 pm

kicks off 
Harvard Square’s annual 
“Revival Month”



(Cambridge, MA 02138) Bread & Puppet Theater: The Circus of the
Possibilitarians . Held outdoors on Sunday, September 2nd at 3 pm on the
Cambridge Common, near the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Garden St.,
Cambridge. Free performance [pass-the-hat donations welcome], rain or shine.
For further details, call the Boston-area Bread & Puppet Theater information
line 617-286-6694 or log onto www.breadandpuppet.org
<http://www.breadandpuppet.org/> .

Soon to begin celebrating its 50th anniversary, the award-winning Bread &
Puppet Theater, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, presents their The Circus
of the Possibilitarians on the Cambridge Common, a public space they used to
frequent prior to the mid-1980’s. Last year the theater finally returned to
help launch Harvard Square’s inaugural “Revival Month.” And now a return
engagement is in order.

The Circus of the Possibilitarians is a satirical horse and butterfly
circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish
fashion, features rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse, a saxophone ballet, a
solemn salute to the world's casualties and much more! Not to mention The
Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble providing a little bit of brass and a
lot of noise. Please take note that if some of the circus acts are
politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain
them. The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the
performance, and Cheap Art will be for sale. Examples of Bread & Puppet’s
work can be found at www.breadandpuppet.org <http://www.breadandpuppet.org/>
.

Bread & Puppet’s outdoor Circus on the Common is serving as the kick off to
what is now Harvard Square’s annual “Revival Month,” an entire month of
“reincarnations” which will spill over into early October with the return of
the HONK! Parade: Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet Parade on
Oct. 7th, a Bread & Puppet-inspired procession on Massachusetts Avenue
leading into Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. For complete information on
Harvard Square’s “Revival Month” visit www.harvardsquare.com
<http://www.harvardsquare.com/> . For more information on HONK! and the
parade that runs from Davis Square to Harvard Square, log onto
www.honkfest.org <http://www.honkfest.org/> .

Special thanks to the Cambridge Arts Council and the Harvard Square Business
Association for helping make this event possible; funded in part by the
Cambridge Arts Council.

BRIEF BACKGROUND ON BREAD & PUPPET THEATER

Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest and most unique theatrical
companies in the United States. The theater champions a visually rich
slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of
paper maché and cardboard, combined with masked characters, improvisational
dance movement, political commentary, and a lively brass band for
accompaniment. The company’s performances are described by The New York
Times as "a spectacle for the heart and soul." 

Bread & Puppet is based on a large farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It
was founded by Peter Schumann, German born artist-dancer, in 1963, and for
the next decade his giant puppets figured prominently in anti-Vietnam-War
demonstrations in New York City, Washington DC and other cities in the US
and abroad. Indoor performances were both simpler and more complex, ranging
from quiet, intense masked shows ("Fire", "Man Says Good-Bye") with 4-6
players, to huge, lengthy spectacles ("Cry of the People").

In 1970, an invitation from Vermont's Goddard College to be
theater-in-residence, facilitated a longed-for change to country life. "Our
Domestic Resurrection Circus," an outdoor festival of music, art, puppetry
and pageantry, began then, and ran almost every summer, growing to crowds of
tens of thousands, until 1998. Since then, a smaller (but with giant puppets
intact), more dispersed version continues on Sundays in July and August; the
company continues touring and workshopping in the rest of the year in New
England and around the globe; and Schumann continues as director and artist
— and breadbaker — with a vengeance!

Bread & Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical
companies in this country.  www.breadandpuppet.org
<http://www.breadandpuppet.org/> 

 




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