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Chicago performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses circus theatrics and an artist marching band to create unique entertainment environments. Performances can include costumes, live music, parades, acrobatics, fire spinning, spontaneous appearances and audience interaction. EE Marching Band's music uses North African, Latin, and traditional American rhythms, fused with electric bass and a brass section. Melodies are folkloric fusions, and creations inspired from New Orleans, Jazz and Rock. EE encourages participation, dance, and freeing the spirit. Our magic circus marching band has evolved as part of a new genre of music: "Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration from a diverse set of folk music traditions – New Orleans second line brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival– these “honkers” all share a commitment to several core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for the same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to warn of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun." www.honkfest.org EE can do children's shows, Halloween shows, street busking, tactical encroachments, playground installations, puppet festivals, percussion and puppet making workshops, rituals, marching bands that grow when fertilized, raw architectural projects, circusesque sideshows, vaudevillian skits, straight out music jams and synchronized swimming with tubas. EE started in 1996, with playground installations and live music interactions for people to play, be childlike, curious, free. Playgrounds for the mind. Playgrounds and performances to stimulate audiences into creative participants. EE's artists have many talents from percussion construction to large scale backpack puppets, masks, fire spinning, poi, hooping, flagging, juggling, and many methods of music.
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