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Crafting the Robes of St. Anne Part 2

November 16th, 2014 by Jay Ruby

Part 2 For a performance to be be true, each performer has to be true and alas in a subjective world each person’s true perspective is different. So what makes an athletic eleven year old with a short span of … Continue reading

Crafting the Robes of St. Anne Part 1

October 24th, 2014 by Jay Ruby

Crafting the Robes of St. Anne A description of a work process with members of  Co Julie Danse, Circus Stella and Poetique Desordres in New Brunswick in the Summer of 2014. Who is St. Anne? We started with this question … Continue reading


August 24th, 2011 by Jay Ruby

Pablocity – The speed at which desire becomes suffering. A poetic rant prayer analysis of Medellin. There is a city on a river in between mountains, a beautiful bowl, more appropriatelly a giant spoon lit up with lights at night … Continue reading

Etchings of a Village – Farewell to Carmen de Viborral

August 24th, 2011 by Jay Ruby

Etchings of a Village – Carmen de Viborral, Colombia The Carpetbag Brigade came to Carmen de Viborral to participate in a theater laboratory with Nemcatacoa and begin working on a collaborative performance. Our backdrop for this exchange was the small … Continue reading

The Embers of Mudfire

December 17th, 2010 by Jay Ruby

Time is fascinating. It is the fourth dimension that is sculpted by performance. Through repetition and refinement a performance can channel the precision of action not only measured by width, height and depth but also in the measure of time. … Continue reading

Welcome to the Carpetbag Brigade’s new website!

November 28th, 2010 by carpetbagbrigade

The Carpetbag Brigade has been working on this new version of our website over the last few weeks. Designed by Isabelle Kirouac, our new webmaster, the site is still undergoing some tweaking and design refinements at the moment. We welcome … Continue reading

Berlin, Glasgow & Sheffield – A Late Summer Journey

September 15th, 2010 by Jay Ruby

I am just finishing up a month long journey to Berlin, Germany; Sheffield, England; and Glasgow, Scotland. I went to Europe to teach an introductory Stiltasana in Sheffield at Greentop Circus and a Stiltasana intensive with the company Bright Night … Continue reading

Torgeir Wethal

July 2nd, 2010 by Jay Ruby

Torgeir Wethal from the Odin Teatret in Denmark passed earlier this week. He was a point of inspiration, an actor who committed his life to the work of his company. He was a founding member of the company and joined … Continue reading

Cumbre Tajin – Festival de la Identidad

June 29th, 2010 by Jay Ruby

The senses circulate at Cumbre Tajin. Music drifts in layers, traditional, contemporary, three-piece acoustic, pre-colombian in traditional outfits, darkened faces weathered by agricultural rhythms; marching bands with majorettes, midnight popstars, shaman floutists dancing… On 80 foot poles… As humans spin … Continue reading

Happy 13th Birthday

June 20th, 2010 by Jay Ruby

The Carpetbag Brigade was born on the 21st of June 1997, a solstice baby of sorts. Under Granite Creek Bridge – Prescott, Arizona 1997 David Campbell and Jay Ruby performed an excerpt from John Fowles’ “The Magus” at Arcosanti to … Continue reading

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