Spies R Us (1990) Spies R Us (1990) Photo/Foto: Circus Amok
  • Title: Spies R Us
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:25:22
  • Language: English
  • Date: September 1990
  • Location: Performance Space 122, New York City
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Circus Amok Cast and Band
  • Credits: Circus Amok

Spies R Us (1990)

Performed at renowned NYC performance venue P.S. 122, "Spies R Us" is Circus Amok's second show. Through a carnivalesque "film noir" aesthetic, the piece poses a satiric critique of US foreign policy and homeland security, in a joyful extravaganza of acrobatic artistry, satiric skill, and good old-fashioned circus fun. The overarching theme of espionage points to conflicting relationships between "special agents" of government arms like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and issues of distortion and disinformation, imperialism, bigotry, violence, paranoia and political impunity. The performance is an open call to inform, to defend and to empower civic activism in the face of governmental conflictive agendas, wrapped in wild circus celebration.

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