Baggage is a powerful journey of hope and strength drawing on traditions of storytelling, mask, puppetry, movement and song to tell the survival stories of four women who have endured sexual and domestic violence.
"A masterly and innovative meditation on a fraught issue" - The Santa Fe Reporter
Baggage is an original theatre piece that relates the strength and hope of four survivors of domestic violence through theatrically compelling monologues, haunting song, stunning visuals, and dynamic movement .
Baggage is innovative professional theatre that raises awareness, inspires personal action, and provokes community dialogue about a contemporary social issue. This multi-media piece draws on traditions of storytelling, mask, puppetry, movement and song to highlight the voices of real survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Baggage was scripted from the stories of New Mexican women who shared their truths with us in open forums held in Northern New Mexico. Their courageous voices offer profound hope.
Directed by Cynthia Ruffin. Original Sound Score by Marghreta Cordero. Visual Art by Rebekah Tarin, Kayo Muller, and Amy Christian. Lighting Design by Keirstan Pickens. Photos by Kate Russell.
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Information for presenters
Running Time: 75 minutes
Cast: 4 actors plus 2 crew
Stage Dimensions: 23' wide by 20' deep by 12' high minimum. Proscenium stage or raked seating optimal for best viewing of action on floor.
Sound: CD player and mixing board
Lighting: 18 lights, 4 dimmers, 24 channel board
Tech Equipment: One video projector (1200 lumens min.)
Set Up: 2 hours set up including light and sound checks, 1 hour strike
Assistance: Pre hung light pilot, 2 person crew for load in, set up, focus and load out. Lightboard Operator for tech and shows.
Accommodation: 3 rooms, double occupancy
Coup de Circ (2009)
An inspiring tale of compassion and rebellion set in the fantastical world of traveling circus. A mythic purple horse in love with a dancing bird, a delusional ringmaster determined to become rich and famous, breathtaking aerialists, acrobatic mayhem and giant puppetry abound in this delightful farce. For all ages! Past bookings include Vancouver and Okanagan International Children's Festivals.
Coup de Circ - A Revolution In One Ring
"Magical, joyous, visually stunning and ridiculous in the best sense of the word.
Fun for the whole family!"
"Exuberant, inventive and vastly entertaining."
Coup de Circ: A Revolution in One Ring is an inspiring tale of compassion and rebellion set in the fantastical world of traveling circus. A mythic purple horse in love with a dancing bird, a delusional ringmaster determined to become rich and famous, breathtaking aerialists, acrobatic mayhem and giant puppetry abound in this delightful farce. For all ages!
Past bookings include Vancouver and Okanagan International Children's Festivals.
information for presenters:
Running Time: 60 minutes
Cast: 5 actors plus 2 crew
Audience Size: 100 to 500 seat house optimal
Stage Dimensions: 30' wide by 20' deep. Wing space should be no less than 8'. Proscenium Stage or Raked Seating provides best viewing of action on floor.
Rigging: Two aerial rigging points required.
Sound: 2 CD players, 1 mixing board. (Large houses may require 2 wireless mics)
Lighting: Lighting is flexible depending on the capabilities of your venue. 24 channel board, 24 dimmers, and 50 lighting instruments is ideal. Computer programmable board is ideal.
Set Up: 2 hours set up including light and sound checks. 1 hours strike
Assistance: Pre hung light pilot, 2 person crew for load in, set up, focus and load out, Lightboard Operator for tech and shows.
Accommodation: 2 double occupancy rooms and 2 single rooms.
Puppet Tales (Annual Performance Series, 2007-2010)
Puppet Tales was a puppetry performance series for family audiences, where we turned off the ubiquitous screen and reveled in living, breathing, handmade experiences. Puppet Tales took place over four to six weekends in late winter /early spring. Wonder, tradition, storytelling, and music abounded in this series, where young, old, and everyone in between were invited to “step outside the (cardboard) box”; to imagine together; to be delighted and challenged by creatures of newspaper and cloth; to share our time, our dreams, and our tales.
Featured in Puppet Tales:
- Original works by Wise Fool artists: The Secret of Joy - a story of friendship, fear, and the persistence of honeybees; Sail - a puppet and aerial adaptation of the classic folktale The Crane Maiden; Coup de Circ: A Revolution in One Ring - an inspiring tale of compassion and rebellion set in the fantastical world of traveling circus; A Spoon for Every Fool; David and Dolliath; and more.
- Guest performances by regional artists including Puppet Theatre Los Titiriteros and Glad as Knives.
- Community experiences: Make-and-take puppet workshops, Puppet Slams, and Shadow Puppet Slams.
- Wise Fool's Repertory Puppet and Circus Shows
H20 is an outdoor physical theater performance set in a living visual installation. Cast and audience alike entered a landscape built by water and drought; home to creatures falling through the air, lumbering on stilts, and flickering by torchlight. Through their distinctive and highly physical combination of movement, stilts, puppetry, and aerial arts, Wise Fool pondered this substance on which all life depends, exploring the myriad ways in which water and lack of water impact our lives.
The Curtain (2001)
Wise Fool's original work, The Curtain, performed for sell out audiences in Peñasco, Santa Fe, and Tucson AZ in late March and early April 2001. The Curtain addressed issues of borders and migration, personal, political and cultural. Created/directed by Wise Fool's four core founding artists (coming from different cultural and social backgrounds) the making of the piece was a journey into each of our perceptions and fears. It was a piece which reached out and deeply affected many audience members, as well as changing the artists and their relationships to each other.
The piece involved seven performers, two musicians and two media artists in a rich weaving of the arts of puppetry, shadow puppetry, aerial fabric and ropes, stiltdancing and bungee, spoken word, slide and soundscape, dance, music and fire.