Theater and Music
The six clowns that star in the 2018 Circus Luminous show taking place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center during the Thanksgiving weekend try to help humans transcend the negative words and actions that have been dominating recent news.
“These clowns are called to Earth from wherever clowns live,” explains Cynthia Ruffin, who directs this Wise Fool New Mexico production presented November 23 through 25. “They come to us with the power of laughter and love.”
“Clown Alchemy,” the 15th annual Circus Luminous show at the Lensic, is an upbeat, family-friendly performance filled with music, acrobatics, aerial work and dancing that presents serious problems with optimism.
“The clowns (played by Amy Christian, Sarah Jane Moody, Dee Anaya, Carey Kramer, Kayo Muller and Susie Perkins) look at our experiences and turn them around into something positive,” Ruffin says. “They are here to tell us that the magic is inside each of us.”
“Clown Alchemy” doesn’t rely on text to tell its story. “It’s a mostly visual show that allows the trapeze, rope, acrobatics and aerial work to communicate the story line,” explains co-writer Kate Marco. “Music is also an important part of the production.”
Brian Haas has created an original score that’s performed live by seven musicians including vocalists and instrumentalists playing the flute, violin and percussion.
Wise Fool New Mexico members/instructors and their students are part of the multi-age ensemble that features kids as young as nine years old. “I’ve never seen children push themselves to such a high level of performance before,” Marco adds.
Formed in 1997, Wise Fool New Mexico works to ignite imagination, build community and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theater. It serves 2,000 youth with hands-on activities and 14,000 audience members annually.