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Two Pageants | Gates of Hell | Men with Teeth | Convention of the Gods | Broken Off Letter | Columbus and the New World Order

or more than two decades, Bread and Puppet Theater has astonished audiences around the world with massive theatrical productions evoking the human tragedy of war and the hope of resurrection. Every summer through 1998, Bread and Puppet produced "our Domestic Resurrection Circus", and a breathtaking Pageant, across the rolling hills and in the pine forest of their farm in Glover, Vermont. These videos and DVD document the Pageants and various 'side shows'. Some contain commentary by director Peter Schumann.

Two Pageants: Gates of Hell & Men With Teeth
wo pageants are offered together on one DVD. See descriptions below for more information about each pageant.







Gates of Hell    
(only available in the Two Pageants Compilation.)

ates of Hell is a magnificent virtuoso performance by the Bread and Puppet Theater troupe on the grassy amphitheater and hills of their farm in Glover, Vermont. Involving several hundred performers, this last Pageant (1998) portrays the corrupting force of capitalism on humanity, told through fragments of a poem by Bertolt Brecht, which are assembled and crucified on a burning pyre.



Produced by Robin Lloyd

Audience Level:

Elementary through adult

Institutions:
DVD $29.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
DVD $19.95






"This pageant is about the citizenry who get attacked and sacrificed and resurrected. Out of this population comes the butcher who is professional and obedient, himself a sheep or calf, and also the slaughterer of the calf - the real Nazi and also the proper citizen doing what he is told." Peter Schumann, Director of Bread and Puppet


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Men with Teeth   (only available in the Two Pageants Compilation.)

his video documents the 1994 Bread and Puppet Pageant held in Glover, Vermont. The impact of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Third World agriculture is the theme of the pageant. Comments with Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann are intertwined with singularly beautiful images of the "Men with Teeth" learning to march and fly in order to dominate moving sheaves of wheat. A modern-day story of death and resurrection.

"The arts are political, whether they like it or not. If they stay in their own realm, preoccupied with their proper problems, the arts support the status quo, which in itself is highly political. Or they scream and kick and participate in our century's struggle for liberation in whatever haphazard way they can." Peter Schumann, Founder of Bread and Puppet


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Convention of the Gods
he gods - Wind, Progress, Hope, Phobia, and Terminator - convene to preside over the sacrifice of the people of Sarajevo, Bosnia, in this morality play on the struggle of humanity against fascism.

      Images from the Bread and Puppet Pageant of 1993 are interwoven with comments by Peter Schumann, director, who suggests that the population in this city represents the plight of modern man. He says, "The god Terminator is terminating us. We are in the grasp of capitalism in the most terrible way. It is the ones who suffer the most who realize it the most."



29-minute video

Institutions:
VHS $69.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
VHS $29.95






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Broken Off Letter:
A Yugoslav Journal
ased on letters by Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic to her daughter, this Bread and Puppet performance in a Vermont pine forest depicts the horror of rape and war. Vermont composer Eric Nielson provides a score combining the modal styles of Eastern European folk and dissonant classical music, a fitting background for Bread and Puppet Director Peter Schumann's meditation on themes of separation, rape and flight.



30-minute video

Taped by Robin Lloyd and Dee Dee Halleck

Audience Level:

High school/adult

Institutions:
VHS $49.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
VHS $19.95






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Columbus and the New World Order
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n response to the Columbus Quincentennial (1992), Bread and Puppet Theater produced plays that deconstructed the mythical life of the man who "discovered" America. First performed in Vermont, the plays - called the Inside and Outside Story -later toured internationally. The Outside Story turns Christopher Columbus into "Uncle Fatso," who conquers the indigenous inhabitants, leading to a terrifying New World Order. The Inside Story explores his life through the lens of history, linking his biography with contemporary issues such as racism and the Gulf War.
54-minute video

Taped by Robin Lloyd script by Greg Guma

Audience Level:

Elementary through adult

Institutions:
VHS $69.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
VHS $29.95