Chautauqua
(NTUSA)

Faye choreographed for the PS122 version version of Chautauqua! inspired by the Chautauqua Circuit, a wildly popular traveling lecture series that flourished from 1874 to the great Depression.Chautauqua! is inspired by the Chautauqua Circuit, a wildly popular traveling lecture series that flourished from 1874 to the great Depression. Scholars, scientists, magicians, jugglers, and dancers gathered under circus tents across the country in an effort to educate and uplift the common man. NTUSA’s Chautauqua! brings this tradition into the 21st century, straddling “high” and “low” culture as it combines informative lectures with Broadway-style song-and-dance numbers, joke telling, and feats of strength. The program is revamped for each new venue, with lectures that draw on the history of that place. Each night is an unforgettable experience of information, entertainment, and spectacle.

February 2009: PS 122
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“”…part history pageant, part public service, part farce, and part Pirandellian theatrical experiment that earnestly sought to engage its local audiences not just with its past but with its present—a slick, ambitious, rigorous, and big-hearted celebration of all things theatrical and democratic.”
The New Yorker