In Clowns By Dead Reckoning, Kendall Cornell and her 11-women clown troupe present a semi-sophisticated evening of music and dance – in their unique clown style. Some French can-can legs, some flamenco feet, and a torch singer’s set of pipes make a full-bodied cocktail of an evening -- all with delightful humor and suitable irreverence. Interwoven throughout the evening are special guest artists whose serious talents are a point of comic collaboration for Ms. Cornell and the troupe. Alfonso Cid of Gazpacho Andalu sings classic flamenco for Ms. Cornell as a murderous, foot-stamping Spanish dancer. Hip songstress Fiona Landers shows some maudlin folk-singing clowns how it is really done, and Rod Ferrone tap dances circles around those less-than-nimble.
Devoted to illuminating the special humor and resonance of women clowns with her work, Kendall Cornell was nominated for a 2007 Golden Nose Award for her clown solo performances, and she created and directed the troupe in last year’s spectacle Not Just For Shock Value: A Femmes-Clowns Assemblage. About that show, Bill Irwin, Tony-award winning actor and clown said, “The mystery of women clowning! Different things are funny but it's easier not to think so. Man in a dress, almost always a laugh. Woman in a tux, not as often (but sometimes!). Kendall Cornell and her clowns are waist deep in all these questions -- plumbing the mystery.”
Kendall Cornell’s Soon-To-Be-World-Famous Women’s Clown Troupe have all trained with Ms. Cornell and clowned under her direction on assorted performance projects including an event commissioned by Cirque du Soleil for the NYC opening of Corteo.
Alfonso Cid and his band Gazpacho Andalu (called “Flamenco fusion perfection”) can be heard all over town. Singer-songwriter Cid has worked with a multitide of flamenco artists and performed at Town Hall, London’s Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall as well as at LaMaMa Club.
Fiona Landers recently released her new CD The Lake to much acclaim and can be heard singing in cool coffeehouses in cool neighborhoods.
Rod Ferrone is a veteran of the smash Broadway hit Urban Tap and has performed on stage, screen and television with some of the legendary names in tap dance.
The Bitter Poet (Kevin Draine) is currently performing his rock and roll musings at Dixon Place in his show Angst and Burlesque.
Clowns By Dead Reckoning
Created and directed by Kendall Cornell
With clown performances by: Amanda Barron, Christine Bodwitch, Kendall Cornell, Melinda Ferraraccio, Kathie Horejsi, Ishah Janssen-Faith, Mona Le Roy, Judi Lewis Ockler, Julie Plumettaz, Gina Samardge, Maria Smushkovich and Virginia Venk
Special Guests include the hip songstress Fiona Landers; the tap dancing élan of Rod Ferrone (aka the Tap Cat in the Hat); the flamenco vocals of Alfonso Cid, and the rock and roll musings of The Bitter Poet
Mis-en-Scene by Sean Ryan