“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 it's heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus." -E.E. Cummings
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.
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.