The UP CLOSE Festival was instigated by interdisciplinary artist and educator Peter Musante along with longtime collaborator Summer Shapiro as an experiment in using immersive theatre to engage young New Yorkers with the histories of the spaces they inhabit.
"San Francisco's beloved physical comedienne Summer Shapiro, teams up with equally talented clown Peter Musante (Blue Man Group - NY), for 50 minutes of kinetic comedy and subtle pathos, all supported by a tango-meets-bluegrass score."an inspired bit of performance art created and executed splendidly by two world-class physical comedians" -LA Entertainment Today
Excerpts from early live comedy acts circa 2011 in San Francisco, CA featuring unsuspecting audience volunteers.
HAUSCHKA // "The Key"
SARA BAREILLES // "Brave"