Bread and Puppet Theater's "Circus of the Possibilitarians" at Freedom Square!
The Circus of the Possibilitarians is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more!
The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble provides 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.
Join us earlier in a day of events which kick off the NEA Our Town grant "Found Art in North Troy!", as Bread and Puppet Theater returns to the community to celebrate StoryHarvest!
Before the event, from 11am - 3pm, join us for a "Be the Media" workshop with Bread and Puppet: Institute for Subversive Papier Maché.
The workshop culminates in a parade on 6th Ave. from Troy Bike Rescue, to Collard City Growers, to Missing Link, and on to Freedom Square, where workshop participants will join in a prologue to the performance!
After the event, join us at the Sanctuary for the second annual StoryHarvest community meal, honoring local farmers from across the region. And, enjoy our Fall '12 photography art exhibit opening, with images of North Troy neighbors engaged in creative action, by artists Brenda Ann Kenneally, Patrick Dodson, and Ellie Markovitch.
More about Bread and Puppet
“We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightment.”
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.
In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.
The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.
Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.
Co-sponsors: Collard City Growers, Troy Bike Rescue, Missing Link Street Ministry, Community Gardens, Communities for Healthy Living.
Funded by National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant.