a grand spectacle
staged on parade floats
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Flatbed Follies is an outdoor mobile venue that brings circus and variety arts into the streets. Developed in response to the continued COVID reality, Flatbed Follies has become a vehicle offering joy and wonder to a recovering world. Performances take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages modified to present circus acts. There is even a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.
Developed in 2021 with the support of NYC’s Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Flatbed Follies has already become a DIY WPA for performing artists in New York. Last year the project employed more than 200 artists and crew. In 2022, we are already planning more shows and opportunities, including offering this program in other cities.
Harkening back to the days when the grand circus parade came through towns across the country and captivated everyone who saw it, Flatbed Follies offers a much-needed celebration and brings art back to the streets. The repurposed parade floats are equipped to showcase incredible and eclectic talent from clowns, jugglers, wire walkers, acrobats, aerial acts and more. The stages are also equipped to feature live music, plus have lighting availlable, offering after-dark options including silent movies with live musicians. Flatbed Follies can become the a focal point for a full day street activation, or it can bring the show to multiple locations in a day.
Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies is a new concept in live entertainment and is perfectly suited for 2022, outside and allows distancing. It is flexible, and adapt the programming to the communities it visits. Flatbed Follies can offer workshops and community programming, inviting local marching bands, dancers, and youth groups to join the spectacle.
With municipal and foundation support, this project brings live performance to the public for free. Because of its mobile, self-sufficient nature, this production can roll just about anywhere. Flatbed Follies supports the community, we hire local! The artists who amaze you are your neighbors. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus provides the stage, and working with many local partners, an amazing spectacle for the people is able to take place.
Parkside Plaza / Ocean Ave and Parkside Ave
Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
Amsterdam Ave. btw W. 110th & W. 111th
2:30 & 5:30 pm
31st Avenue / btw 34 and 35th St
1:30 & 5:00 pm
Newkirk Open Street btw Westminster & Argyle
Beach 20/21 Plaza
Rockaways, Queens, Bronx
FDB btw E116 and E117
Minthorne Open Street
W 12th and Stillwell Ave
Buffalo Ave btw St. Marks & Bergen
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
July 28 - July 30
Niblos Garden, Green-Wood