(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016; continuing on Saturday, February 20; and again on Saturday, March 19; plus a Sunday matinee show on March 20 geared to the entire family.
Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.
The January show will include appearances by musical artist Tony Kieraldo, female impersonator Bernie Brandall, and electric ecdysiast and burlesque star Pinkie Special. Also on tap are comedy favorites Fly By Night, aerial acrobat Jason Mejias, and Bindlestiff cofounders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu
Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.
Bindlestiff Family co-founders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson live in Hudson. Over the last decade, they have hosted a variety of outrageous talent under the Bindlestiff banner. Their personal dedication to the variety arts, circus, vaudeville, sideshow, and burlesque has made the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus famous both among audiences and within the variety performance community.
Unlike Bindlestiff’s family fare at local venues like Bard’s Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff’s Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 20.)
In keeping with Bindlestiff’s clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Those in costume or circusy makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.