*The Circuit* is a virtuosic, audience-engulfing variety show for outcasts of the post-industrial age. The Hinterlands will infuse the structure and style of classic American Vaudeville with the chaotic energy of the American sub-culture continuum in this daringly physical and shockingly funny original work.
Vaudeville of the early 20th Century provided generations of new American citizens a platform to bring unique aspects of their culture to mainstream audiences. It was America’s voix-de-ville or ‘voice of the city,’ a way of saying ‘this is who we are’ in a time of shifting cultural landscapes. Today, Americans are again defining themselves in the face of changing demographics and ideals. With *The Circuit,* The Hinterlands turn their ear to the voices of American subculture past and present – B-boys, riot grrrls, voguers, transcendentalists, ravers, yippies, juggalos, and conspiracy theorists – for clues into who we really are and what we paint ourselves to be in 2012.
The Circuit was performed in Detroit at Play House and Trinosophes before touring to Alverno Presents (Milwaukee) and Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids). A first showing of *The Circuit* called *Voice of the City* and focused on Detroit’s voix-de-ville premiered at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in July 2012 and micro-toured to Detroit’s Bangtown neighborhood in August 2012. The piece was reconfigured in fall 2012 as a part of the Shanghai Biennial’s city pavilions.
Performed and created by Torri Ashford, Barney Baggett, Liza Bielby, Jon Brumit, Richard Newman and Haleem Rasul. With technician Dave Sanders. Scenic design by Zeb Smith; lighting design by Aaron Weissman, and sight-gag design by Shoshanna Utchenik. Directed by Richard Newman with Liza Bielby. Funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and National Performance Network Creation Fund. Co-commission by Alverno Presents and MOCAD, with additional developmental support from Power House Productions.