NY Ground Under (1994) NY Ground Under (1994) Photo/Foto: Circus Amok
  • Title: NY Ground Under
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:46:55
  • Language: English
  • Date: June 1994
  • Location: various parks, New York City
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Circus Amok Cast and Band
  • Credits: Circus Amok

NY Ground Under (1994)

Circus Amok's show "NY: Ground Under," performed in 1994 in diverse New York City parks and other public spaces, revolves around political, social and economic issues at play in NYC, posing a critique of the disconnect between the needs of the diverse, multitudinous population vis-à-vis oppressive governmental policies impacting the city. The performance highlights the ethnic diversity of New York City's population, while alluding to controversial budget cuts and public transportation campaigns, ineffective bureaucracy, oppressive policies regarding minorities, the pervasive presence of police forces in the public sphere, and issues of public health and environmental concerns related to waste management policies. Exposing controversial policies while educating and entertaining the audience, this piece is a call for civic action framed in a joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun.

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