From the Ground Up

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Arts This Week: Life As A Circus

February 20, 2014

Circus Oz: playing at the Citi Shubert Theatre through Feb. 23

Circus Oz was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1978. Their latest performance is inspired by the old black and white photographs of workers on high steel girders. From The Ground Up is a tight and road-hardened production allowed to play hilariously fast and loose that features acrobats suspended from, and flying through the air around the show’s centerpiece – a giant swinging steel beam.

Death of a Salesman: playing at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through March 15
Get reacquainted with Arthur Miller's genius. Since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman — the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine — Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. Death of a Salesman compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.

No More Funny Stuff: on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum through June 1

Jeffu Warmouth is a contemporary artist in every sense of the term; one who maneuvers among the realms of photography, video, sculpture, performance, installation, and interactive media with agility and aplomb. Warmouth’s use of everyday objects, activities, and gestures has roots in a number of historical sources, and his Pop Art proclivities connect him to Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol, while his penchant for performance links him to Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman. Meet Jeffu Warmouth at the museum on Sunday, April 13th.

Coming up on Open Studio
See my longer tour of the Fitchburg Art Museum to see the absurdist humor in Jeffu Warmouth: No More Funny Stuff, a mid-career retrospective of the contemporary artist’s works in video and photography. I also talk with the New England Conservatory's David Loebel and Tony Woodcock about the Music: Truth to Power Festival, a year-long event with over 30 concerts in an exploration of social justice and the human condition through music.

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