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The Animated Blake

Intro The Proverbs of Hell by William Blake Acts The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. --William Blake Synopsis The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. --William Blake ScreenSaviour The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. --William Blake T The nakedness of woman is the work of God. --William Blake F.A.Q. The juggling of James Jay is the gravity of God. --William Blake Reviews Enough! or Too much. --William Blake Credits

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In The Animated Blake, physical actor and juggler James Jay illuminates the poetry and prophecies of William Blake with manipulative arts such as staff spinning, incense-burner swinging, book flourishing and traditional juggling. The show premiered in March, 1999 at the Seattle Fringe Festival.

"The Animated Blake" debut in 1999 fed on millennium fever, merging a hellfire-and-brimstone aesthetic with the poetry and apocaplyptic prophecies of Blake (1757-1827), whose visionary work spanned an earlier century shift. Blake's poignant "Proverbs of Hell" are served in a fortune-cookie communion service.

James Jay is the inventor of the Juggling Jukebox™, including a high-tech version which wires juggling motions to real-time interactive music by composer Bret Battey. Battey is also the sound designer for "The Animated Blake."

"The Animated Blake" also features multimedia projections derived from Blake's fantastic pictorial art. Costume design is by Margot Ayer and Joanna Moon. Custom incense-burner props were created by metal-artist Anat Pollack.

A free Animated Blake ScreenSaviour™ screensaver is available at the show Web site:


Quotable elaboration is available in the detailed Q&A with James Jay.

 BLAKE Intro, Acts, Synopsis, ScreenSaviour, T, F.A.Q., Reviews, Credits

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