Surrealist Burlesque and Coney Island USA Present: SURFest: A Surrealist Manifesto

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Surrealist Burlesque and Coney Island USA Present: SURFest: A Surrealist Manifesto

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

SURREALIST BURLESQUE returns to the Coney Island USA Sideshow by the Seashore stage with its 8th incarnation of what has been hailed as “Striptease meets Socrates” (Brooklyn Paper). SURREALIST BURLESQUE presents epic, multi-disciplinary, collaborative shows that challenge audiences to experience entertainment with their bodies and their minds.  SURREALIST BURESQUE has been featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, Time Out, Pin Curl Magazine,, Nonsense NYC, and many others. 

This year’s Surrealist Burlesque presents SURFest, a Surrealist Festival/ SURF Festival celebrating Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus and Manifestos – written and performative – through Surrealist and Nautical performances dedicated to incongruous juxtapositions and the infinite possibilities of artistic production. The entire Coney Island USA complex will be popping with spectacular sightings, including a full stage show on the Sideshows by the Seashore Stage, live music in the Freak Bar, and site-specific live art installations throughout. Starring an all-star cast of NYC nightlife impresarios, burlesque superstars, and the avant-garde of the art world.

Surrealist Burlesque Shows at Coney Island USA:
Surrealist Burlesque shows have become a crowd and press favorite at Coney Island USA.  In 2015, Hotel Tryst:  No Sleep til Brooklyn presented an immersive theatre experience where patrons were invited to experience the last night of the Coney hotel before being demolished and replaced by condos. 

In 2014, Flaming Creatures presented a tribute to the pioneering experiential film maker, Jack Smith, in a creation of a queer, Utopica landscape of gender fluidity.  The Dada Ball came in 2013 to celebrate the 5th year Anniversary of Surrealist Burlesque at Coney Island with video and surrealist photo booth installations and roam-around buffoons, the Dada Ball invited patrons to become an integral part of the show. 

In 2012, Surrealist Burlesque presented Society of the Spectacular, a show inspired by Guy Debord's seminal text, Society of the Spectacle, featuring an “intimate theatre” experience and a show hosted by a television which was given a wine bath in the finale, a Coney Island Sideshow tradition. 

As featured in The New York Times, in 2011 Surrealist Burlesque took over the Coney Island complex with “Animal Funhouse” based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, featuring a lush set –including a giant roast pig –and an epic cast of over 20 of New York City’s most spectacular nightlife creatures. 

In 2010, Surrealist Burlesque brought "20,000 Legs Under the Sea" inspired by Salvador Dali's “Dream of Venus” at the New York World's Fair (1939-40) with interdisciplinary collaborations of sound sculptures, video installations, mini lectures, and live performances. 

Other Surrealist Burlesque shows staged at Coney Island include: “Phantasmagoria:  A Land Where All The Beauties are Monsters and All the Monsters are Beauties” (2009) and a durational performance art piece entitled “Coney Island and Spectacle as Total-Body Experience - A 12-Hour Academic Spectacular in Which We Find Our Heroine Chained to a Podium for an Interminable Period, With All the Agony and Sublime Joy That This Might Entail” (2006).

20,000 Legs Under the Sea Video by The Great Fredini.

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