November/December 2018 - Make 'Em Laugh: wise Fool New Mexico's Circus Luminous: Clown Alche


The Lensic Performing Arts Center proudly presents Wise Fool New Mexico’s 15th annual Circus Luminous, November 23-25, 2018.

The all-new, all-local production, this year subtitled “Clown Alchemy,” features an ensemble of red-nosed clowns plus a cast of amazing acrobats, aerialists, and dancers (eight of them under age 15) performing feats of daring and wonder to delight audience members of all ages.

“‘Clown Alchemy’ is a celebration of the power of laughter and love to heal, transform, and bring people together,” says director Cynthia Ruffin, who co-wrote the production with Kate Marco. “It’s about alchemy: transforming negative experiences into something that’s beautiful and good. Laughter really is the best medicine, after all.”

The production follows six red-nosed clowns as they journey through the landscape of modern-day life fraught with issues that face Americans in 2018: school violence, immigration rights, women’s rights, black lives, trans issues, and indigenous resilience. The clowns, played by Amy Christian, Sarah Jane Moody, Dee Anaya, Carey Kramer, Kayo Muller, and Susie Perkins, bring their brand of healing to the world.

“It’s entertaining and hopeful while also speaking to concerns that even school children encounter today,” says Ruffin. “We explore the magic that can turn these issues around, as well as the love and compassion that we all can bring into the mix. You’re gonna love it!"

“Clown Alchemy” will feature an original score by music director Brian Haas, performed live by the Circus Luminous Orchestra. The production also features stunning visuals and costuming by a host of local builders and artists. Circus Luminous is generously sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank. Tickets can be purchased at www.lensic.org.

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