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Bindlestiffs take Hudson, Helsinki opens

Apr 07, 2010 4:44 am

The Bindlestiff Cirkus is back in their hometown including at Hudson's Club Helskinki, which appears will be open at least by May 30 judging from this press release from the clowns of Bindlestiff:
*Saturday April 24- with Walking the dog Theater's Improv Theater Ensemble at Space 360, Hudson 8 p.m., $20 (more details below)

Sunday, May 30 and Friday, June 25: Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabaret- featuring a different cast of special guests each show, from NYC's circus, burlesque and variety community- accompanied by live original music! At the brand, spanking new Club Helsinki, located at 405 Columbia Street, Hudson showtime 9 p.m., tickets $15 (more details below)
the more details below:
SATURDAY APRIL 24 - a benefit performance for Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and GhostWALK Hudson,
with Walking the dog Theater's Improv ensemble
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founders and variety artists Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu team up with Walking the dog Theater’s OFF LEASH! Improv Theater Ensemble for an evening of circus and improvisation at Hudson's Space 360 on April 24th at 8 p.m. Bindlestiff will bring to the mix a few of it's signature acts, featuring a twisted take on physical comedy and prop manipulation, in addition to some new, original collaborative fun with Walking the dog Theater's Improv cast. Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., based in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY, is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the history of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and related arts through activities including performances, lectures, print media, and workshops for the general public as well as creating opportunities for cultural exchange and fostering a sense of community. Walking the dog Theater, a keystone of Columbia County's artistic community, has been at the forefront of collaboration and support for other local arts groups, offering benefit performances of it's monthly OFF LEASH! Improv Theater Ensemble to raise funds and awareness for local artists and organizations. March's performance benefitted the Awgawamuck Project for the Fine and Practical Arts, a new educational-therapeutic initiative based in Philmont. Aprils' show will benefit Bindlestiff- Hudson's own Cirkus and Walking the dog Theater's partner in GhostWALK Hudson. To find out more about Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, please visit http://www.bindlestiff.org
Suggested donation: $20.
Location Space 360, 360 Warren Street in Hudson . For more information, please contact: David Anderson david@wtdtheater.org (518) 610-0909.

Where: Club Helsinki 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
When: May 30 (Sunday) and June 25 (Friday), 2010
Showtime: 9 pm Doors: 8 pm
Admission: $20 ($5 discount for clowns in make-up)
Info: 1-877-BINDLES bindlestiff.org clubhelsinkiweb.com

On May 30 and June 25, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret comes to Club Helsinki's brand new home in Hudson, NY. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret features new, phenomenal acts each show from the world's best artists in the disciplines of Circus, Variety, Burlesque, Sideshow, and Physical Comedy. Live, original Cirkus tunes by our Maestro of Musical Mystery. Expect jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists to share the stage with musicians, magicians, dancers, daredevils, and more. Each show features a unique combination of acts, but all promise a legendary lineup of circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers. The New York Times said of the BFC Cabaret: “It’s old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.” Every show features Ringmistress Philomena and Kinko the Clown, a/k/a Bindlestiff co-founders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu, along with an amazing lineup of guest stars.
With the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' first Winter Cabaret in New York City 1995, and subsequent national tours, the stage was set for today's far-reaching vaudeville and burlesque revival. Since then Bindlestiff has become a legend in the New York and national performance scene. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has featured over 400 guest variety artists; supported and presented original theatrical shows by other artists working in the variety arts field; launched Bindlestiff's Cavalcade of Youth, a mentoring program and showcase for young performers; brought vaudeville back to Times Square; fostered new variety artists and new acts by established performers at its monthly Open Stage; and toured nationally for 14 years. Since Bindlestiff co-founders Monseu and Nelson moved to Hudson in 2005, they have been teaching circus arts classes and workshops in the area, producing Bindlestiff Cirkus shows for youth and adults, and collaborating with local arts groups and organizations like The Basilica Industria, Time and Space Limited, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Perform Columbia, the Hudson Opera House, Operation Unity, Walking the dog Theater, The Hudson Department of Youth and the Morris Memorial.
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