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November-December 2019 - Let Us Entertain Us: Circus Luminous 2019: CHAOS!

Circus Luminous 2019: Chaos! Photo by Anne Staveley

Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages! Feast your eyes on the wonder and awe that is Chaos. Circus Luminous’s new show *is a miraculous, family-friendly extravaganza that explores the ups and downs of chaos, with acrobats, dancers, aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, a live band, and more! You’ll experience four competing approaches to dealing with chaos—each inspiring you to ask where chaos comes from, and how it moves, sings, laughs, and flies. One approach urges you to improve your Self. Another tries to turn you against the Other. Yet another invites you to join the Resistance. And the fourth, well, we barely understand that one ourselves. Come early and join the immersive experience! The fun begins the minute you enter the Lensic lobby when you’ll encounter a chaos “trade show” - sponsored by Wise Fool’s (fictional) Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

Circus Luminous, Wise Fool’s annual Thanksgiving show at The Lensic, features professional artists, a youth ensemble with students from Wise Fool’s circus education programs, and musicians from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces. It is co-directed by Nandita Dinesh (dramaturgy and installation), Pamela Donohoo (dance and circus choreography), and Tara Khozein (theatrical and musical direction).

They also have a Sensory-Friendly Performance on December 1st welcoming patrons with autism, developmental or cognitive challenges, and other sensory issues. The shows are similar, but with over-stimulating content toned down or eliminated. With these performances, patrons can leave their seats at any time and talk is permitted. Also, quiet spaces are available for those who need time away. The spaces are staffed by trained volunteers.

Circus Luminous 2019: Chaos! is running from November 29th-December 1st at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. Tickets are available at

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