Big Apple Circus Knows How To Rock & Roll
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The Rock & Roll Circus performed under the Big Apple tent at Lincoln Center on Monday and Tuesday nights, bringing together an evening's worth of indie bands and circus acts.
Aska was one of the musicians under the big top.
"I've always loved the circus. You know, being in the circus is like being in a dream," says Aska.
Adarsha Benjamin and Jessica Resler were the co-producers of the event.
"The Rock & Roll Circus is a hybrid -- some of the most up and coming and awesome rock 'n' roll bands around right now and the Big Apple Circus," says Benjamin.
Asked whether the bands were reluctant to perform in the circus ring, Resler says, "Not at all. All of the bands really came together. Adarsha, as curator of the bands, did an amazing job making sure that the bands were all groups that want to be performing with the circus."
Scott O'Donnell, the vice president and general manager of the Big Apple Circus, finds circuses and rock bands to be a perfect match.
George Whipple: What the devil are rock and roll guys, indie rock guys doing at the Big Apple Circus?
O'Donnell: Well, you know, it's a neat hybrid of the two, if you will. Rock & Roll Circus is sort of this iconic image and a combination of two great art forms. You have our equestrian act in the show tonight, so you see 12 performing Liberty ponies. We have our Kenyan acrobats, which bring lots of energy and excitement to the ring. Our Mongolian contortionists, our Russian aerialist, so it's an internationalist cast under the big top."
The indie rock show was headlined by Ariel Pink, which made for a night to remember.