Circus Chicken

Performance Archive
2001 - 2006

CIRCUS CHICKEN is a multi-media performance act that does not reference the traditional circus arts. CIRCUS CHICKEN represents my early interest in the issues surrounding work, labor, and education. From 2001-2006 CIRCUS CHICKEN performed at numerous art venues throughout the St. Louis area, and appeared on TV numerous times as part of reporter Tim Ezell's "E Team". Due to stiffness of drumsticks and being egg bound CIRCUS CHICKEN is temporarily retired. CIRCUS CHICKEN may reappear at any moment.
 

The CHICKEN PIMP

This is the CIRCUS CHICKEN PIMP, otherwise known as the Talker, Barker, or Promoter. With total domination, the Pimp maintained a tight control over the crowd and ticket sales, and occasionally administered a beating to unruly customers that would not stand in line correctly. CIRCUS CHICKEN is promoted and sold, but not explained.
 
 

The CROWD

After purchasing a ticket and waiting in line, the crowd is escorted into the tent. They have no idea what they paid for or what was actually behind the curtain. Is it Schrödinger's chicken?
 

The RULES

Upon entering the tent THE RULES are clearly stated: NO touching the chicken, NO feeding the chicken, and absolutely NO choking the chicken.

 

THE PERFORMANCE

The Chicken appears. With disco music playing, the performance may or may not include: assorted dance moves, moon walking, high kicking, cabaret style dancing, unexplained athleticism, and a lot of original material. The Chicken might even sit on a bail of hay and read the Wall Street Journal. Afterwards, patrons are escorted out of the tent. At this time they may exit or pay and stand in line again. No two performances are the same.
 
 

CIRCUS CHICKEN DADA FOOT PAINT

Due to assorted wing injuries the CIRCUS CHICKEN moved her focus toward painting portraits with her feet. Art show patrons sit for portraits and the results are amazing. CIRCUS CHICKEN painted hundreds of portraits with her feet. Below are a few examples of this work.
 
 
Enthusiastic Patron with Two Tone Portrait
Philosopher with Cigarette
Patron feeds the CHICKEN a plate of candy corn.
 
 
 

JACKSON POULTRY

Day Labor and the Results
Tivoli Theatre, St. Louis, MO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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