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Mark Gindick: Death Defying Schtick

Mark Gindick: Death Defying Schtick
Dec 11 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mark Gindick: Death Defying Schtick




The only clown who’s achieved featured-performer status in the circus “trifecta” of the Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil -- Mark Gindick presents a highly personal performance about circus and clown life. Part masterful and hilarious clown-show, part memoir, part TED-style talk, "Mark Gindick: Death Defying Schtick" traces how a lawyer’s kid in the New York suburbs fell in love with physical comedy and by his late teens was touring the country (red-nosed, his face covered in red and white greasepaint) with Ringling Bros.

Rich with humor, honesty and historical sweep, this free presentation, being readied for touring next year, showcases a major American clown’s deeply personal journey through the top touring circus companies. Gindick explains how he got into the circus, thrived and then, after a series of setbacks, almost left it forever. Through his presentation, audiences will gain insight into the day-to-day life of the circus, the artistry of high-level physical comedy and, most of all, this performing artist’s compelling roller-coaster ride of a life story, complete with loss, love, heartbreak and near magical coincidence.

Anyone who enjoys circus clowning (complete with a few banana peels and pratfalls), its history and techniques is in for a treat!  

Mark Gindick’s collaborators are co-writer Adam Koplan (founding artistic director, The Flying Carpet Theatre Company) and director Jessi D. Hill (the company's interim artistic director). The Flying Carpet Theatre Company received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop "Death Defying Schtick." 

The content of this presentation is suitable / appropriate for teens and adults.


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