Our Domestic Resurrection Circus
Catamount Arts is pleased to announce the opening of Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, an exhibit of selected work from the Bread and Puppet Theater Museum in Glover, Vermont. On view in Catamount Art’s Main Gallery from July 2-August 2, 2015, the exhibition explores the rich complexity of artist Peter Schuman’s vision, which combines avant-garde sensibility with the older traditions of folkloric storytelling and medieval passion plays. In celebration of the pageantry associated with circuses, the exhibition will run concurrently with a week-long screening of the new documentary film Circus Without Borders. Catamount Arts will host an Artist Reception on Thursday, July 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm, just prior to a premier screening at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.
About the exhibition Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Born on the lower east side of New York as part of the counter culture of the 1960s, Peter and Elka Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater took up residency at Goddard College in the 1970s before relocating to an old dairy farm in Glover, Vermont in 1975. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary of hosting outdoor pageants and performances, the Bread and Puppet Theater has left an indelible stamp on the American cultural landscape. Catamount Art’s exhibition of circus-related prints, banners, and monumental puppetry traces an artistic journey that emphasizes process over product, as well as the triumph of the individual over sometimes indifferent, but powerful forces.
About the film Circus Without Borders: A newly released documentary film, Circus Without Borders is the story of Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura, best friends and world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe who share a dream of bringing hope and change to their struggling communities through the power of circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa, where the two performers help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success while confronting suicide, poverty, and despair. Seven years in the making, this tale of two circuses — Artcirq and Kalabante — is a culture-crossing performance piece that offers a portal into two remote communities, and an inspiring story of resilience and joy.