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NATURAL HISTORY WEEK, STAR ISLAND, JUNE 17 - 24, 2017

 


BREAD AND PUPPET CIRCUS

We have engaged the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre to perform their circus during Natural History Week.  Founder/Artistic Director Peter Shumann started the company on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1963, then moved to Goddard College in Plainfield, VT and is now located in Glover, VT at a 19th century dairy farm.  The company raises much of its own food, has a printing shop and gives workshops in the art of puppetry.  They also perform at the farm in the Papier Mache Dirt Floor Cathedral or in the field during the summer months.  During the rest of the year they are on tour or are doing residencies.

The Bread and Puppet Circus production on Star Island is inspired by a poem of Emily Dickenson, "The Overtakelessness of Those."  Peter Shumann says that the circus addresses "the overtakelessness of all that which runs its fatal or ridiculous course (the running of all aspects of modern life towards its high-fallutin goals and pitfalls).  The running itself is the subject matter."  The "Overtakelessness Circus" is driven by the Bread and Puppet Brass Band, playing from the Dixieland Jazz tradition.  Expected in attendance will be corporate overlords, tigers and clouds, Zeus, Kasper, a few frogs, and Emily Dickinson.  After the performance, sourdough rye bread will be served and the audience is welcome to stay and check out all the masks and puppets and to peruse the Cheap Art posters and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press.