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LOLing Over Spilt Milk, Part of ‘Homemade Circus’ Emerging During Coronavirus Quarantine Times

Zak McAllister and Stephen Doutt, two circus school students from Philadelphia, are using their quarantine time to create. Already on their 4th Quarantine Show, this episode titled LOLing Over Spilt Milk, the creation was made by crowdsourcing suggestions and putting them all into play, a technique that leaves open opportunities to clown as well as to innovate in the home setting. Part of a necessary new trend for home performances and artists (and probably audience) mental well-being, this production has many of the hallmarks of homemade circus, it uses everyday objects, its a one-cut wonder, with a mostly static camera, but they have put to use some clever and burgeoning DIY video editing skills to make titles and so forth.

I asked MacAllister about the impetus for these shows and he said, “Ever since my quarantine began, I’ve been using this as an opportunity to try new things. I’ve been keeping myself busy with these shows to discover new things about what I do, as well as to offer a sense of relief and normality to the small groups that watch our shows. I currently see juggling as a tool of entertainment and enjoyment that is very needed in our current situation.”

McAllister and Doutt gave themselves 24 hours to create the full production. Perhaps one of the more interesting outcomes of homemade circus is how it demonstrates the irrepressible curiosity of circus artists, and with jugglers in particular, their strategic exploration of universal forces like gravity, chance, improbabilities and matter itself. Now, cue cake mixer, pots and pans and Tupperware scenes!

The next show will be livestreamed Tuesday April 7th at 8:00 PM EST.

Kim Campbell
Editor-in-Chief at CircusTalk.News, Writer -USA
Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.
In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.

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