Are you up above it all with a view of the big picture? Or down in the dirt honing the details? Join Wise Fool students of all ages in this kerfuffle of perspectives: a circus of hilarity and grace that swings from the ceiling, bounces off the ground, and generally stomps to the rhythm of our heartbeats united. CircAspire is Wise Fool’s third annual production featuring youth and adult program participants in a pre-professional extravaganza.
The Ups and Downs is brought to life by an uproariously fearless cast of 29 local performers ranging in age over 6 decades! A truly multi-generational performance featuring aerial and acrobatic feats of wonder, clowning, stilt dancing, uni-cycling and song! CircAspire 2017 is directed by Amy Christian and Sarah Jane Moody, with a soundtrack by Ginger Dunnill (local fave DJ Ginger!), visual art by Lorie Corbus, an all local production team, and a new original piece by Santa Fe Capital High School Dancers.
Wise Fool began the CircAspire program in 2015 to create an opportunity for our pre-professional adult and youth students to level up their performance skills and experience, moving from cabaret-style or kids only shows to a full length production with professional direction and technical production team. CircAspire 2017 directors, Amy Christian and Sarah Jane Moody, are two long-time professional performing artists, teachers and community activists. A founding member of Wise Fool, Amy has served as artistic director, core artist, producer and administrator since 1989. Sarah Jane, a professional red nose performer and teacher, studied at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and has taught the subtleties of clowning at Wise Fool for over a decade.
CircAspire’s 3rd annual production promises to thrill and delight, entice the eyes, ears, and heart!
BUST! is a 6-week intensive that uses circus disciplines, physical theater exercises, storytelling, and embodied discussion as a way to build community, explore notions of strength and dignity, examine femininity, deconstruct the gender binary, and uncover the richness of our full voices.
The intensive is open to all those who self-identify as women, trans* or gender- non conforming. All shapes, sizes, ages (16 – 70+), and backgrounds are welcome! Absolutely no circus, athletic or performance experience necessary. Classes take place in the evenings and on weekends, May 21st – July 2nd. Tuition assistance is available.
As a culmination of this exploration, students create a show to be performed on June 30th and July 1st at the Wise Fool studio. No previous circus experience of any kind is required!!
Get your grub on at the Cowgirl this Tuesday night and they will donate 25% of all you spend to Wise Fool New Mexico!! You’ll need to Tell Your Server that you’re there to support Wise Fool. Please spread the word – make a dinner date with friends and family and Come by our table on Tuesday night to say Hi! You’ll also have a the chance to win a Wise Fool T-shirt!
Many Thanks to the Cowgirl BBQ for helping to “change lives one circus at a time!” by supporting Wise Fool’s vital local programming for youth and adults.
Wee Kids camp is a half-day camp for youth ages 5 & 6 who want to learn to fly on the trapeze, walk tall on stilts, find their inner clown, make wearable art, and tumble their way into fun! Camp runs from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Este campamento de medio dia es para ninos de 5 y 6 anos quienes quieren aprender volar en el trapecio, caminar en zancos, encontror su propio payaso, hacer projectos de arte, y aprender acrobacia. El campamento dure de 9am a 1:30pm por una semana.
Wise Fool’s day camps are for youth who want to learn to fly on the trapeze, walk tall on stilts, find their inner clown, and tumble their way into fun! Youth learn amazing circus skills including stiltwalking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics, and puppetry – culminating in spectacular shows! The first session of Summer Camp is suitable for students entering grades 2nd – 7th, of all levels, no experience necessary. Camp runs from 9am to 3:30pm, and an aftercare option is available from 3:30 to 5pm. Snacks are provided, but students are expected to bring a bag lunch.
Este campamento is para ninos de 7 a 12 anos. Ellos aprenden habilidades fantasticos de circo como caminar en zancos, el trapecio, malabares, acrobacia, y hacer marionetas. Al fin de la sesion, los ninos muestran sus nuevos habilidades en un espectaculo para sus familias y amigos. Ningun experiencia necesario. El campamento va de 9am a 3:30pm, y hay la opcion de quedar hasta 5pm. Se proviene meriendas, pero ninos necesitan llevar su propio almuerzo.
Wise Fool New Mexico is excited to be bringing our outdoor spectacle production SeeSaw to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota Florida! Four performances of SeeSaw will be featured in their New Stages Series February 17 and 18th. For more information visit the Ringling Museum online at: https://www.ringling.org/
Or click thru here to read more about SeeSaw http://www.wisefoolnewmexico.org/see-saw/
Sign your youth up today for a winter and spring chock full of circus discovery, fun, and challenge in Wise Fool’s Afterschool circus arts programs! We’ve got something exciting for every youth – from 3 to 18! Click here to read more http://www.wisefoolnewmexico.org/classes/youth-programs/
Also check out our all new School Holiday Circus Day Camps!! Our first one is Monday January 16th – for the Martin Luther King School Holiday- sign your youth up now for a full day of circus fun – 9 to 3:30 with aftercare options.
AND here’s more info…
Calling all youth and pre-professional adult performers! Auditions to be held on Sunday January 29th for CircAspire 2017! This show is the second annual Wise Fool CircAspire production and seeks to provide our youth and adult students and community members the opportunity to be a part of a pre-professional show! Clowns, acrobats, stilt-walkers, jugglers, aerialists, singers, visual artists, actors, spoken word artists, writers, unicyclers, breakdancers, musicians, singers, and more are invited to be a part of the cast and crew that will bring the magic to life onstage and off! There is room for every different skill you can imagine. The show will be held on April 28th, 29th and 30th at the new Wise Fool Studio, and will be written and directed by Sarah Jane Moody and Amy Christian along with an amazing creative production team of professional music, theater, and visual artists.
Who Should Audition:Any current or recent Wise Fool student, age 8-80. Participants in our camps, circus in the schools programs, classes, workshops and intensives are all welcome! You don’t need to be a world-class performer; you do need to be excited to share your voice & vision through performance, and be willing to commit to learning, growing, and working with others in the process of creation. For Parents of Interested Young Ones: This is a pre-professional production so please consider that it does require youth to be capable of focusing for up to 4 hour rehearsals – performing numerous nights in a row – and maturity to be part of a team effort which will require compromise and changes.
We will also need behind the scenes folk who want to share their passion for tech and visual support! So if you or someone you know has skills in that arena, you don’t need to audition, but please be in touch by emailing us at email@example.com. Interns to help with props and sets, stage hands, and tech wanted!
What’s the Schedule and Time Commitment? All participants are expected to attend:
– One all cast gathering on Sunday Feb 12 from 2 to 4pm
– Sunday rehearsals, Feb 26 thru and April 23
(12 to 4pm is the tentative time for Sunday rehearsals)
– Tech Week evening rehearsals on April 25 thru 27 (exact timesTBD).
– Four Performances: Friday April 28 at 7pm, Sat April 29 at 2 and 7pm, Sunday April 30 at 4pm
Performers will be required to take an 8-week session of CircAspire Choreography, Creation, and Rehearsal Classes starting February 27th This time will be guided by instructors to help folks will learn choreography and performance skills as well as create and hone their acts. These classes will run
Fridays from 5:30 to 7pm and/or Tuesday from 7:15 to 8:45pm. Which class you will attend depends on what acts you will be performing in.
Performers may also be expected to attend additional rehearsals as needed.
What’s the Show all About: That depends a lot on you! The theme of the show is Finding Human Connection across differing perspectives – Solidarity & Building bridges of understanding in a topsy turvy world. There will be lots of room for performers’ creative voice and we will encourage the sharing of ideas and dialogue on all aspects of how we stand together in the face of our current world reality.
Once we know who and what skills are in the show we will write a rough storyline and cast members will have the opportunity to share ideas and help shape the story at the Feb 12th all cast gathering.
The audition will be conducted in workshop format. Participants will do various exercises led by the Directors. Participants will also be given an opportunity to “show what they do” in a discipline of their choice. This need not be a formal act, just show us a minute or two (at the most) that demonstrates your level of comfort with your preferred apparatus/discipline. Participants are also welcome to bring specific ideas for acts.
What if I can’t make it to the audition? If you’re unable to attend the audition, please fill out an audition form and email Amy – we’ll be in touch.
PLEASE inform us if your youth is planning to be in any other productions this spring and provide us with the schedule of that production at auditions
Please feel free to contact Amy Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-699-9574 if you have any questions. You can also call the office at 505-992-2588.
We keep adding more inspiring tales of transformation every week to our I Am a WiseFoolian page – check out Fantina Becker’s post below and click thru here to read more peoples stories!
“I am so grateful for the safe space that WiseFool holds for all of us! I feel free to be myself and to create art through movement with the WiseFool community. When I’m not learning, expressing, performing, or teaching at WiseFool, I am an attorney who most definitely could not do my job well without the balance I find here. I have witnessed so many beautiful transformations here because this is an inclusive community, full of heart and soul. I have seen folks find their voice and a platform to be free, authentic, and engaged. I have seen folks come home to their bodies, and from that place begin to know what it is to truly Love themselves. I can recognize it in others because that is what happened for me. WiseFool has created a space where we are able to question the systems that we have inherited but that need not define us. It is a community where we lift each other up, encourage each other, dismantle stereotypes, and become strong to offer resistance to the established structures of oppression so that we can all be more whole, healthy, strong, creative, and free.
WiseFool opened my heart, body, and mind to possibilities never before dreamed. I am proud to be a WiseFoolian! I am home with WiseFool.” – Fantina Becker
For the next weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of our community members and how their lives have changed through grit, courage, community, and of course…circus! Click here to visit the #IAmAWiseFoolian page and read their stories.