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Benjamin Sota

Damn everything but the circus

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Temporary autonomous zones (TAZ) describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control and have been known to spark change throughout the world. The circus is a TAZ that operates using community, connection and inspiration.

“Damn everything but the circus! ...damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless... damn everything that won't get into the circle, won't enjoy. That won't throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus." -E.E. Cummings

When

2014

About The Artist

Benjamin Sota is the founder and artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, a socially conscious street theatre/circus company that exists to strengthen communities through education and folk artistry. Focusing on puppetry, music, acrobatics, live performance, and storytelling, Zany Umbrella Circus uses the art of circus to encourage creativity and cooperation.

Temporary autonomous zones (TAZ) describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control and have been known to spark change throughout the world. The circus is a TAZ that operates using community, connection and inspiration.

“Damn everything but the circus! ...damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless... damn everything that won't get into the circle, won't enjoy. That won't throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus." -E.E. Cummings

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