Friday, November 11, 2011

Attempting, and achieving, the absurd

Scenes from Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics. All photos (c)2011, Marina Levitskaya

"Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible," reads one fortune cookie particularly beloved by Kendall Cornell, brilliant clown and instigator of the international, all-women Clowns Ex Machina ensemble. This Sisterhood of the Red Ball Nose specializes in kaleidoscopically-dizzying physical theater of the absurd with a wicked steel edge that organizes itself just below an insinuating charm that you can't, for the life of you, escape; so don't even try it.

Cornell's Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics--a jumble of vignettes exploring beauty through the filter of high and low culture--has invaded La Mama's First Floor Theater with a boatload of debris, color and funny, and there should be no end to this occupation. But don't count on that: See this troupe soon!

Scenes from Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics. All photos (c)2011, Marina Levitskaya
 

Created and directed by Kendall Cornell with performances by Cornell, Amanda Barron, Carla T Bosnjak, Julie Kinkle, Michaela Lind, Diana Lovrin, Lucia Rich, Maria Smushkovich and Virgina Venk. Also with wonderful lighting by Carla T Bosnjak. 

Clowns Ex Machina in Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics, now through November 20. Click here for schedule information and ticketing.

La Mama (First Floor Theatre)
74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), Manhattan
(map and directions)

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