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November 2017 - Behind the Scenes: Wise Fool New Mexico Circus Luminous

The Lensic Performing Arts Center proudly presents Wise Fool New Mexico’s Circus Luminous, November 24-26, 2017. A Thanksgiving Weekend tradition since 2003, the 14th annual Circus Luminous features local aerialists, acrobats, and actors.

Circus Luminous 2017, titled “She Shines Brightly,” is a contemporary circus theater production focusing on a feminine experience through the natural world. Conceptualized and directed by veteran Wise Fool choreographer, producer, and director Deirdre Morris, this year's production wanders through a magical garden of giant stilt animals, acrobatic creatures, and scenery that reflects the New Mexico landscape. Wise Fool adds their unique touch to the art of creating wonder with the human body by melding puppetry and storytelling with virtuosic ground and aerial acrobatic performance.

“Looking through the lens of the natural world, we come to understand the journey of a feminine experience over four seasons,” says Morris. “The show soars with fun and joy, tumbles through the vagaries of love and children, finds grace in aging and wisdom, and balances vulnerability with intuition.”

Circus Luminous features a cast of more than 20 local performers from Wise Fool New Mexico, including intergenerational acts that feature moms and their children performing acts that reflect the constant balance of being a parent, a friend, a teacher, and a comfort. Other acts speak to the poetic sensibilities of the feminine experience via acts of strength, grace, humor, love and magic.

“In the tradition of circus through history, Wise Fool brings us together across generations to remember that anything is possible! With our family and community there to ‘lift us up,’ we celebrate and transform our world!” says Amy Christian, Wise Fool New Mexico’s artistic director.

Circus Luminous 2017 includes an original musical score written by Jeremy Bleich and performed by a live orchestra, as well as stunning visuals and costuming by a host of local artists and builders.

Tickets are $20-$45 adults / $12-27 kids 12 and under and can be purchased online at

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