Carpetbag Brigade, The

About The Carpetbag Brigade


Distinctive for breadth and synthesis of diverse performance modalities The Carpetbag Brigade creates versatile spectacle-based outdoor performances and intimate indoor self-devised performances. Acrobatic stiltdancing, butoh dance, contact improvisation, musical composition and physical theater form the basis of their aesthetic approach.

True pioneers at the art of acrobatic stilt dancing - The Carpetbag Brigade masters a unique theatrical language in the delicate overlap of theater, dance and circus. Rising with beauty, falling with grace and conjuring ephemeral magic with the movement and action of their powerful bodies, the performers emanate and pulse like the sea at twilight. Balancing intensely raw and precarious physical expression with sublime dramatic imagery, a Carpetbag Brigade performance fosters a sense of psychic intimacy, poetic dialogue, and mythic imagery indoors or outdoors and excels in a full spectrum of venues.

An integrative cultural force with a mission to present work in a diverse array of venues and environments The Carpetbag Brigade increases the quality, scope and impact of live performance culture through performer training, community outreach and aesthetic presentation. Our platform engages people of differing cultural backgrounds to share, create, express and reflect on common experiences. By utilizing performance art and its pedagogy as a tool to transcend language, class, and environmental background The Carpetbag Brigade aspires to evolve the role of performance culture and ensemble practice as a fundamental aspect of a healthy society.

The Carpetbag Brigade creates both spectacle-based stilt dramatic outdoor performances and intimate indoor black box self-devised performances. The Carpetbag Brigade has pioneered a unique aesthetic approach and corresponding technique that has resulted in 10 original performances and tours to Europe, Latin America, Canada and the U.S. For five years they were the host group of the Tsunami on the Square festival and in 2007 they were the company in residence at the Universal Forum of the Cultures in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2013 they hosted the Bi Cultural Road Show culminating a three year international exchange with Nemcatacoa Teatro of Bogota, Colombia. In 2014 they were invited by Circus Stella New Brunswick to direct and create a collaborative work "The Robes of St. Anne"with stiltwalkers from Moncton, New Brunswick and Montreal, Quebec in the Maritime Region of Canada. Since 2013 they have hosted the annual Global Stilt Congress a two week event featuring performances, master classes and composition culminating in a site specific performance presentation with the participants.





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San Francisco, CA 94142

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