Past Shows

Flatbed Follies

a grand spectacle

staged on parade floats

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The Cirkus Parade that transforms into a show

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Flatbed Follies, bringing performing arts to neighborhoods that have minimal arts programming and those areas hit hardest by COVID. Performances will take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages featuring circus artists from all five boroughs. There will even be a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music. The first stops for this new summer-long series take place Saturday, July 17 with shows at E. 101st Street and Plaza de las Americas in Manhattan and Sunday, July 18 at 34thAvenue in Queens and Fordham Plaza in The Bronx. Shows continue in various locations around the city throughout August. All performances are free.

NYC’s Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are supporting this series of performances, which will employ artists and performers whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID, and remind New Yorkers of the importance of live performance to our city. The performances will take place on Open Streets, Open Culture, and Open Boulevards sites and other public plazas and parks.

Harkening back to the days when the grand circus parade came through towns across the country and captivated everyone who saw it, the Flatbed Follies will bring much-needed celebration and 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.

Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies is a new concept in live entertainment and is perfectly suited for 2021. Each Bindlestiff Flatbed rolls in to present live performances by incredible contemporary circus artists. And often, all the floats converge in a plaza for a three-ring show. In keeping with American circus history, an authentic musical calliope wagon leads the way and is followed by beautifully decorated parade floats serving as rolling stages providing audiences with a thrilling outdoor circus experience. In addition to the floating stages, parade-style elements such as stilt walkers, penny-farthing riders, physical comedians and other local talent such as marching bands, gymnastic troupes and other talent will be part of the celebration.

“We are excited to see the return of outdoor performances in public spaces as the city continues to reopen”, said the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo, “and are proud to join the Department of Transportation in supporting the Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies’ events this summer. These live events will bring the joy and theatrics of the circus to New Yorkers, while providing local talent, many of whom have been financially affected by COVID, the opportunity to be paid to perform for live audiences once again.”

El Circo “Bindlestiff Family Cirkus” presenta Flatbed Follies de Bindlestiff, una colección innovadora de escenarios de actuación móvil, que trae talentos de circo de clase mundial a los condados gemelos, ¡GRATIS, este fin de semana!

La primera parada es el Parque Dutchmen’s Landing en Catskill el 20 de agosto, seguida de espectáculos en la Hudson High School el 21 de agosto. Se proporciona interpretación en vivo en lenguaje de señas (ASL) para nuestros vecinos sordos y con dificultades auditivas.

El programa es patrocinado por la Junta de Turismo del Consejo Común de la Ciudad de Hudson y el Consejo de las Artes del Estado de Nueva York. Es Un beneficiario de #restartNY de NYSCA. 

El aclamado conjunto de artes de variedades del condado de Columbia, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, presenta Flatbed Follies, que lleva las artes escénicas a las comunidades que emergen del COVID-19, el desplazamiento económico y el racismo sistémico. Las presentaciones se llevarán a cabo en una serie innovadora de escenarios de carrozas / carros alegóricos del desfile con artistas de circo de múltiples disciplinas. Incluso habrá un vagón de Calíope que ofrecerá auténtica música de circo. 

La primera parada tendrá lugar el viernes 20 de agosto en el Parque Dutchman’s Landing, 64 Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, NY 12414 con espectáculos a las 3 pm (con interpretación de ASL), 5 pm y 7 pm. 

A continuación, el espectáculo cruza el puente Rip Van Winkle para 3 presentaciones el sábado 21 de agosto a las 2 pm, 4 pm (Interpretación de ASL), y 6 p.m. en los campos atleticos de Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Ave Hudson, NY 12534. 

Todos los espectáculos son gratis. http://bindlestiff.org/flatbedfollies

Upcoming Dates

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    10/23/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Newkirk Ave. & Rugby Rd., Brooklyn

    11am–3pm
    Featuring: Joel Jeske, Tyler West, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman
    Sabrina Chap, Jenny McGowan, Justin Weber & the NY Yo-Yo Club, and Paul Stewart

Past Shows

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    9/18/21

    Flatbed Follies: Uptown Showdown
    116th St. & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
    2:30–7pm

    Featuring the Warriors Drum Corps & Dandy Wellington and his Band

    BFC presents:
    Lemont Haskins, Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Susan Voyticky, Dewitt Fleming, Diamond Redd, King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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    9/19/21

    Flatbed Follies: Uptown Showdown
    Johnny Hartman Plaza at 143rd St. & Hamilton Pl.
    4–7pm

    Featuring: Dandy Wellington and his Band & the Kaisokah Moko Jumbies

    BFC presents:
    Lemont Haskins, Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Susan Voyticky, Dewitt Fleming, Diamond Redd, King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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    10/2/21 Brooklyn

    Flatbed Follies: A Night of Variety
    5th Ave. between 10th & 11th St., Park Slope
    5:30–9pm

    5:30pm: Street spectacle
    6pm: Variety show
    8pm: Silent movie screenings

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    10/2/21 Queens

    Flatbed Follies:
    Prof. Palshikar’s Wonders of Asia
    34th Ave. Open Street between 73rd & 74th St., Queens
    11:30am–3pm

    An energetic, family-friendly, multi-cultural traveling show celebrating Asian American artists and the diversity of New York’s vibrant ethnic neighborhoods and communities.

    11:30am-1pm: Live music & street spectacle
    1pm: Variety show

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    10/16/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Del Valle Square, Bruckner Blvd & E 163rd St., Bronx

    Noon, 2:30pm, 5pm

    Keith Nelson, Jean-tae Francis, Omar Rodriquez, Copper Santiago, Juanita Cardenas, Joel Jeske, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman, Tyler West, Angela Buccini, Logan Kerr, Jesse Gelbert

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    10/17/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Del Valle Square, Bruckner Blvd & E 163rd St., Bronx

    Noon, 2:30pm, 5pm

    Keith Nelson, Jean-tae Francis, Omar Rodriquez, Lina Liu, Juanita Cardenas, Joel Jeske, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman, Tyler West, Angela Buccini, Logan Kerr, Jesse Gelbert