A Busy Year So Far...Ready for a New Show

We’ve had a busy winter and spring this year, creating and rehearsing our newest production, Hand to Hand, set to start its multi-city premiere next week. In the midst of creation, we found time to ride our Cycle Sonic bikes in the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade (for the 2nd year in a row!), at the Columbus Public Library and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Georgia (first time there…had a great time!), and at the Flint Hills Family Festival in St. Paul, MN (we always love being a part of this event!).

And now it’s time to get Hand to Hand out on the road! This new outdoor spectacle, with hands the size of a house and manually rigged like sailing ships, is being co-commissioned by presenters in 6 cities nationally: Artscape (Baltimore), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), FirstWorks (Providence), Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center (Chicago), Three Rivers Regatta (Pittsburgh), and Discovery Green (Houston).

We hope that you can catch one of the premiere performances. Dates can be found on our website by clicking here.

On the Road in 2018

So far this year, we've driven our Cycle Sonic bikes in the Asbury Park St. Patrick's Day Parade and we've taken the show to Artsplosure in Raleigh, NC (so fun to return to Raleigh!) and to Riverfest in Wichita, KS (our first time there and we had a blast!)! Next up is PVDFest in Providence, RI. This will be our 5th time in Providence and we are thrilled to go back! Then it's back to Pneumatica for shows in Wheeling (WV), Baltimore (MD), Erie (PA), New Castle (PA), and Cleveland (OH). Check our home page for dates! Hope to see you at a show!

Spring 2017 Touring Begins!

We took our bikes out on the road for the Cycle Sonic tour premiere to one of our favorite cities, Baltimore, for their Light City event and had a fabulous time! We paraded around the Inner Harbor and performed the show at night for the first time. Then we were off to Chattanooga to perform for the University of Tennessee's Earth, Wind, and Solar Festival with our Lady Pneumatica. The shows took place in Historic Engel Stadium, our first baseball field set-up (so naturally we hung out in the dug-out). Hoping to go back to Chattanooga soon! Next stop...Houston! We'll be performing Pneumatica for Earth Day on the Avenida. We're excited to make our Houston debut! More details can be found by clicking here.

Thrival Innovation+Music Festival, here we come!

We’re super excited to be a part of this year’s Thrival Innovation+Music Festival! First, on Tuesday, September 20, Jackie and Steve will be giving a presentation at 4 PM as part of Thrival Innovation. Their talk, entitled “Way Off Broadway: The Post-Industrial Squonk Phenomenon,” takes place at Nova Place on the North Side of Pittsburgh. To get a taste of the talk, check out the podcast Jackie and Steve did with Aaron Watson of Going Deep – click here to listen. Then, on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, both of our big outdoor shows will be set up at the Carrie Furnaces, the site of this year’s Thrival Festival! On Friday, from 3 to 4 pm, we’ll be riding our crazy Cycle Sonic bikes around and then at midnight we’ll be performing Pneumatica with our giant blue lady! On Saturday, from 11 am to 12 pm, it’s back to the bikes and then another midnight showing of Pneumatica to close out the festival. We’re thrilled to be a part of it all!

Kickstarting Cycle Sonic!

Our new outdoor spectacle, Cycle Sonic, will celebrate bicycles, exploding with human power, with stages propelled by our original music…and our own legs! And we’ve just launched our Kickstarter campaign! The show will premiere at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival and then tour nationally. So you may be asking yourself…What happens when“Pennsylvania’s most interesting ‘band’” (as the Philadelphia Examiner called us a few weekends ago, despite our age-old intra-state animosities) combines circus parades, bike clubs and marching bands? See for yourself by clicking here…https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/squonkopera/cycle-sonic

Spring 2016 Touring!

It’s that time of year again…time to hit the road and get Squonking! This week we’re off to Fort Worth for a return engagement of Pneumatica at Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. We had a blast last year and are looking forward to heading back! Shows are April 14 through 17. Then it’s off to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. We’re honored to have been invited by the Kimmel Center to be a part of this prestigious event that takes place on April 23. Hope to see you at a show!

2015 Touring Begins!

We are taking ‘Pneumatica’ on the road. Our 2015 touring season begins next week with shows at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival in Fort Worth, TX from April 9-12. Then in May we head north to the Calgary International Children’s Festival from May 20-23. We return to Newark, OH for the second year in a row for the Strawberry Festival from May 29-31. Hope to see you! Keep checking our website and Facebook page for more dates.

Last Pittsburgh Region Shows of the Season Happening This Weekend!

If you’re in the Pittsburgh region, come check out Pneumatica this weekend!
These will be our last shows around town until next spring/summer.

Saturday, October 11
Schenley Plaza in Oakland
Oakland Forever Celebration
Shows at 12, 2 & 3.45 pm
Workshops following the 12 & 2 pm shows
More info on the event can be found here.

And for our friends in Waynesburg/Greene County, PA…
Sunday, October 12
Harvest Festival
Shows at 1 & 4 pm
Workshops following each show
More info on the event can be found here.

A special bonus for those of you who make it out…
We’ll have our brand new CD Pneumatica available for sale.
For those of you who can’t make it…
The CD will be available online soon – we’ll keep you posted!

Pneumatica Premiere! Kickstarter Goal Met! Shows This Weekend!

The world premiere of Pneumatica at the Three Rivers Arts Festival last weekend was a great success! Thanks a bunch to everyone who came out to share in the fun! Photos and video clips are coming soon!

And thanks also to the 87 generous folks who helped us reach our Kickstarter goal! We are forever grateful!

We will be starting our regional outreach with free shows this weekend – on Saturday, we’ll be in Wheeling, WV and on Sunday, we’ll be in Johnstown, PA. Links to the events can be found on this page on our event list.

During the last week of July, we have 5 days of free shows and workshops in Pittsburgh. We will be doing 2 full shows and a workshop at a Community Day in Braddock on July 29 in partnership with Braddock Redux and Unsmoke Systems. Other activities that week include workshops at Summer Dreamers camps at Carmalt (July 28), Faison (July 30) and Langley (August 1) and also an art camp at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on July 31.

Hope to see you all this summer!

Greetings from New York City!

We are currently halfway through our run of Mayhem and Majesty at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan and the critics are weighing in.

“Images of strange and startling beauty percolate through Squonk Opera’s Mayhem and Majesty, a small spectacle of a show occupying that hard-to-classify intersection where live music meets visual art.” – The New York Times.

“They show an impressive range, from blindingly fast, hard hitting progressive rock, to the more delicate, yearning tones.” – New York Theatre Review.

“An eclectic mix of styles, sounds and talents that cannot do anything but amaze those who bear witness to one of the most unique shows New York has ever seen.” - Broadway World.
Our shows continue through December 29.

Catch Mayhem and Majesty in Pittsburgh before we take it to NYC!

Mayhem and Majesty returns home to Pittsburgh, before going to a 3-week run off-Broadway this winter. The show has wowed audiences around the country with its daring musical athleticism and visual exploits. Come join the Squonkers in preparing the Mayhem AND the Majesty to deliver to New York City.

Friday, September 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm.

Party with the Squonkers at 6 pm on Saturday, September 28 before the 8 pm show. We will be accepting advice about how to behave on a subway, and diet and headwear tips for Manhattan. We had some problems last time. Food and drink and a sneak peek backstage tour included.

For tickets to all events, click HERE

GO Roadshow in Pittsburgh this weekend!

Come to Mellon Park in Shadyside to see us Squonk it up at the 44th annual A Fair in the Park. We will be performing multiple shows every day of the festival. Show times are Friday 9/6 at 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday 9/7 at 12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. and Sunday 9/8 at 12, 2 & 4 p.m. If you haven’t seen GO Roadshow, this might be your last opportunity to catch it in Pittsburgh.

Wrapping up a Squonkin’ Summer

After many months on the road touring our GO Roadshow, we’re bringin’ it home to Pittsburgh this coming Friday, August 16 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Shows are FREE and at 3.30 & 5.30 pm. Next week, we’re back on the road for our first trip to Detroit! We’ll be performing in Grand Circus Park as part of the Woodward Festival on Saturday, August 24. Show times are 12.45, 3.30, 6.00 & 9.00 pm.

Squonking at Columbia Festival of the Arts

We return to Columbia, MD this weekend to perform GO Roadshow at Columbia Festival of the Arts. We performed there at the 2007 festival with our site specific ‘Hometown Series’. This time we are one of the performers at LakeFest, the kick off of the 2 week long festival. Show times: Friday, June 14 – 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Saturday, June 15 – 2:15, 4:00, 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16 – 2:45 & 4:45 p.m.