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David Shiner began his career on the streets of Paris in 1981 and quickly established himself as an artist with a vision. He drew hundreds of spectators at a time to his own form of guerrilla theater. He incorporated audience members and bystanders – from grandmothers to children to businessmen and police – holding up a mirror to both the mundane and spectacular as an antagonistic yet loveable social commentator.

Mr. Shiner’s reputation spread throughout Europe’s circle of street performers and he was soon in demand among the region’s best known circuses, including Roncalli in Germany and Knie in Switzerland. Across the Atlantic, Mr. Shiner became one of the original contributors to Cirque du Soleil, first as a performer and then as a director with the show Kooza.

Watch a clip below of David and Bill’s new show at the Signature Theater, “Old Hats” or read more…