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It’s been described as a “one-ring, no animal, outrageously hilarious, political extravaganza led by a ferociously savvy bearded woman.”

Circus Amok will bring its unique, zany act to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. Attendance is free.

Now in its 28th year, Circus Amok blends – or maybe “blurs” is a better term — traditional circus skills with post-modern dance and improvisational techniques to entertain while also addressing issues of social justice. Members perform in public parks throughout New York City.

In short, anything goes at these performances. A few gender-bending acts and a current events theme (prediction: Trump) are the only guarantees. The audience might see some tight-rope walking and juggling, but they also might marvel at acrobatics, stilt walking, and clowning. Puppetry and live music are also in the mix, and maybe a fake hippo or two (or some cows) will take the stage.

Circus Amok received a Bessie (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1995 and an OBIE (Off-Broadway Award) in 2000. The troupe is also featured in the 2002 French documentary “Un Cirque a New York” and the 2004 Brazilian documentary “Juggling Politics.”

The show is part of a busy day at Socrates Sculpture Park, which is located at the banks of the East River with an entrance at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. The Astoria Ally Alliance will host a sculpture workshop from noon to 3 p.m. The focus will be on self-portraits and other visual expressions of identity, and some pieces will be displayed during a one-day installation in the education area.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., an instructor from Capoeira Nago Queens will introduce participants to the basic fundamentals of capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Balance, flexibility, and agility will be emphasized.

Finally, organized yoga will be offered at various times, and a farmers market will be on site from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Images: Circus Amok


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