Saturday, October 17, 2009
Bread & Puppets!! Tonight!! Montreal!
I am so tickled pink with excitement!! Tonight "Bread & Puppets" are playing only two blocks from my house!! Free show tonight (Oct. 17, 2009) at Concordia University's D.B. Clark Theatre, in the Hall Building at 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. at 8 p.m.
I love Bread & Puppets, they are historic, utilizing old world arts, giant puppets, and other theatrical & circus skills, they come with a message. During the 1960's they were a group of artists from many disciplines who banded together to stand up for our rights, to bring awareness and promote change. Through out the sixties they were at many major protests and other activist efforts.
"The name Bread & Puppet derives from the theater's practice of sharing its own fresh bread, served for free with a strong garlic aioli, with the audience of each performance as a means of creating community, and from its central principle that art should be as basic to life as bread. Some have heard echoes of the Roman phrase "bread and circuses" or the labor slogan "Bread and Roses" in the theater's name as well, though these are not often mentioned in Bread & Puppet's own explanations of its name." (Quoted from Wikipedia)
"The Theater was founded in 1962–1963 in New York City. It was active during the Vietnam War in anti-war protests, primarily in New York. It is often remembered as a central part of the political spectacle of the time, as its enormous puppets (often ten to fifteen feet tall) were a fixture of many demonstrations. In 1970 the Theater moved to Vermont, first to Goddard College in Plainfield, and then to a farm in Glover where it still resides. The farm is home to a cow, several pigs, puppeteers and chickens, as well as indoor and outdoor performance spaces, a printshop, store and large museum showcasing over four decades of the company's work. The Bread & Puppet Theater has received National Endowment for the Arts grants and numerous awards from the Puppeteers of America and other organizations."
"Our Domestic Resurrection Circus - Mid 1980s"
"Until 1998 the Bread & Puppet hosted its annual Pageant and Circus (in full, Our Domestic Resurrection Circus), in and around a natural amphitheater on its Glover grounds. In the 1990s the festival became very large, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands of people who camped on nearby farmers' land over the summer weekend of the pageant. The event became unmanageably large and less and less concerned with the theater's performance. In 1998 a man was accidentally killed in a fight while camping overnight for the festival, and director Peter Schumann subsequently cancelled the festival. Since then the theater has instead offered smaller weekend performances all summer long, and traveled around New York and New England, with occasional tours around the U.S. and abroad. In New York City, Bread & Puppet annually performs at Theater for the New City during the holiday season." (Quoted from Wikipedia)