Hells bells: Satori Circus returns with new performance art piece based on Dante’s ‘Inferno’

By Donald V. Calamia
Originally printed 5/31/06 (Issue 1522 – Between The Lines News)

ROCHESTER – Many a hoary old joke begins with the line, “Three men are sitting in a bar.” The variations are endless, of course, but in this particular story the punch line will play out beginning June 7 when the multi-media performance art piece “FUNY AS HELL” opens at Oakland University’s Studio Theatre in Rochester.

“That’s what you get when you have a couple of beers,” Dave Dambacher laughed when recalling how he, his brother Brian and Russell A. Taylor came together to create this rather unusual musical endeavor.

The three met early in the 1990s at 1515 Broadway in Detroit where Russ was the house manager and the Dambachers were staging shows through their company, Loft Productions. They reconnected last year after Russ returned to Michigan after a several year absence. “So one night a bunch of us hooked up at a pub and were doing boy stuff – drinking beers, yellin’ and screamin’ and making stuff up – and we were having a riot. That steered us to doing something together as a group,” said Russ, a popular performance artist who works under the name Satori Circus. Read more…

Satori Circus

Deep Cutz Blog
Thursday, January 9, 2014
satoriYou might call him a freak of nature. Sure.
You might also call him a force of nature.
Nothing, it seems, can stop, can dissuade, can discourage or, for that matter, outdo… Satori Circus.

This performance artist, basically a punk-rock clown creating his own beautifully gruesome Cabaret Universe, is marking his 25th Anniversary at the Detroit Institute of Arts (in the Film Theatre) on January 24th. Read more…

City Slang: Satori Circus celebrates silver anniversary

January 9, 2014
By Brett Callwood
3-25-2014 12-31-18 PMDetroit’s favorite clown outside of ICP, Satori Circus, will celebrate his 25th anniversary on Friday, January 24 with a performance art piece called “63 Mins (Of Random Balance)” at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“‘63 Mins (of Random Balance)’ is an entirely new performance piece, with all original words and music. Unlike SATORI CIRCUS’ performances of the past 15 years, ‘63 Mins (of Random Balance)’ returns to the child-like days of the late 80s and early 90s when SATORI CIRCUS was cutting his teeth creating performances for the stage, developing pieces like a rock band’s set list, where each piece is unique and stands alone in its conceptual presentation. Every piece has its own story, its own momentum, and its own character.” Read more…

Satori Circus celebrates 25 years of juggling the absurd and artistic

The Detroit News
JANUARY 22, 2014


Chances are if you’ve participated in Metro Detroit’s art or music scene in the last quarter century, you’ve run into performance artist Russell Taylor’s alter ego Satori Circus.

Often using his own body as a canvas (usually with black and white clown make up), Taylor’s shows blend vaudeville, burlesque, music and film. He says his style is so diverse because of his varied background, which includes art, music and even sports.

“Coming from art and hockey and being a knucklehead and playing in punk bands, you get influenced by so many different things,” says Taylor, who sang in a local punk band in the ’80s, playing clubs like the Token Lounge, Traxx and the Ritz.

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Hotts Spots: Satori Circus marks 25th anniversary with free shows at DIA

Oakland Press
by Mitch Hotts
01/22/14, 2:44 PM EST

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Blending music, images, dollar-store props, vaudeville and madcap antics, performance artist Satori Circus creates a mesmerizing visual jigsaw puzzle.

Satori Circus, aka Detroit native Russell Taylor, usually takes the stage adorned in black and white clown makeup as he launches into an array of performance that he describes as “part cabaret, part burlesque and surrealism.”

“I pull from a lot of disciplines and theater genre,” he said in a telephone interview earlier this week amid rehearsing his latest ideas at 1515 Broadway in downtown Detroit. Read more..

Russell Taylor celebrates 25 years as Satori Circus

Detroit Free Press
12:09 AM, Jan. 23, 2014

It’s not that Russell Taylor dislikes planning meetings, business suits and daily tasks. It’s just that his preferred ritual begins when he punches out of his 9-to-5 life and transforms into Satori Circus, the character in white-and-black clown makeup who will commemorate 25 years as a performance artist with two shows Friday at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“It’s always easy once I’m out of work,” said Taylor, 53, who has enjoyed the nine years he has worked as a graphic designer at Gyro Creative Group in Detroit, but yearns for a life that would allow him to..read more