@ Cambridge Common
Visually stunning and mentally invigorating, Bread and Puppet Theater presents a colorful interpretation of life and culture. Powered by stunning painted puppets and a bold brass brand, "The Diagonal Life Circus" brings humor to urgent themes of the day through song, dance and magical, diagonal movement. breadandpuppet.org
Bread and Puppet Director Peter Schumann writes:
"Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us, and eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up- and forward-striding ambition that makes history and warfare.
"The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up and the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body and mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up."
As always, the circus will feature the riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band, stilters, flags, and the whole roaring, squawking, whinnying paper-maché menagerie, attempting to speak to the urgent heart of the moment. Following the performance, Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with garlic aioli, and the Bread and Puppet Press Store -- with posters, banners, books, pamphlets, and postcards from the Bread and Puppet Press -- will be open for perusal by the public.