We’re Taking our Puppets to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

We’re Taking our Puppets to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
abundance puppet at rest WISE FOOL IGNITE photo by Joshua Sage

We're Taking our Puppets to D.C.

It's hard to imagine a more symbolically rich stretch of grass than the National Mall in Washington DC. Known as the "Nation's Backyard," it is home to historic marches, inaugurations, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that attracts millions of people from around the world every summer.  

Thus, Wise Fool is especially pleased to announce that we are one of 15 circus companies nationwide invited to present at the Folklife Festival this July 3-10. Circus Arts are a special focus of the festival this year, along with themes of migration and cultural identity.  

Wise Fool will be inviting the public to help build new puppets on-site to address these themes, as well as bringing the puppets to life in daily processions on the Mall. Read below to learn how you can be a part of Wise Fool's puppets too!

 

Help Pack our Puppets...

We are grateful to be recognized on a national level for our unique combination of circus, street arts, and social engagement. This accolade and opportunity to bring a taste of New Mexico's rich arts culture to the world is very important to us.

The Smithsonian has underwritten the majority of costs for Wise Fool's participation.  However, there are significant expenses that Wise Fool still needs to cover. Will you support this journey with a special contribution? Click on the button below to support.

 

Your message can journey with us! Wise Fool wants to include your words on a giant puppet.

We Originate from Many Places...

Share about your indigenous connection to this land, or about your contemporary or ancestral migration to New Mexico or the U.S.

Click the button below to send us a word/phrase/short poem to include on our giant puppet at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

A Night of One-Woman Shows at Wise Fool, purchase tickets here!

A Night of One-Woman Shows at Wise Fool, purchase tickets here!

Come see traveling performers, Ariel Schmidtke and Esther de Monteflores, perform alongside three fabulous local women. Five different performances will be featured in the entire show!

Saturday, June 10th at 8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM

Wise Fool New Mexico Studio, tickets by donation

 

A Length of Rope Tour - A 501(c)(3) non-profit tour sponsored by Anchorage Community Works. This tour will circle the United States offering donation based performances and workshops across the country.

The show explores the significant choices we come to in life, with a rope and trapeze suspended on opposing sides of each intersection. These two circus apparatuses represent the struggle of choosing between different directions—be it a choice of place, identity, friendship, or love. There is no fourth wall in this show, spectators can see Schmidtke's hands tremble from physical exhaustion and some portions are performed among the audience members. The show invites spectators to project their own choices on the performance and explore for themselves their lost possibilities. 

Esther de Monteflores will be joining Schmidtke in New Mexico to present her newest show Tiny Cities.

 

Tiny Cities -  A 30-minute contemporary circus show featuring bread-filled wine glasses, cardboard-box juggling, life-sized pigeons, live costume changes and wire walking. An absurd and whimsical celebration of Columbia Livia, the common pigeon. Perched on a power line, windowsill or park bench, the pigeon is the wilderness in our cities, inviting us to change our perspective and see our homes in a new light.

The slackwire set-up forms the stage for Tiny Cities and evokes one of the most ubiquitous features of the urban landscape. Power lines. This show reinterprets the landscape that it is presented in, injecting the city with magic and possibility. Glancing overhead to see a pigeon sitting on a power line will never be the same again.

 

The Local Trio

Susie Perkins, 'The Lost Marbles'

Last year I came down with a fever that triggered my mind to “trip” for an extended period after. This piece theatricalizes select images and characters that came to me during that time.

Jasmine Quinsier,  'A Gift from the Sea'

Santa Fe native and performer at heart, Jasmine delves into beautiful creativity with a community of wonderful talent in Northern New Mexico. She smiles a lot because life is brilliant!

Kara Duval, 'Sunshine'

'Sunshine' is a coming of blood tale, in parts and moans.

Register now for BUST! 2017 Circus Intensive

Register now for BUST! 2017 Circus Intensive

BUST IS NOW FULL! Email studio@wisefoolnm.org to be placed on the waiting list.

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 2oth – 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!!

Register now at: https://wisefool.frontdeskhq.com/courses/99447

Youth Programs – Summer Camp 2017 Register now!

Youth Programs – Summer Camp 2017 Register now!

Wee Kids Camp

One week only, June 19th -23rd

9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Ages 5-6, Cost $255

Register online: https://wisefool.frontdeskhq.com/events/2492516

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.

Summer Camp Session One (All levels) 

July 10th – July 21st, 9 am to 3:30 pm

Ages 7-13, Cost $525 (with aftercare 3:30 to 5:15 pm, $625)

Register online: https://wisefool.frontdeskhq.com/events/2492601

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.

 

Summer Camp Session Two (Continuing Level)

July 24th – August 4th , 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Ages 7-13, Cost $25 (with aftercare 3:30 to 5:15 pm, $625)

Register online: https://wisefool.frontdeskhq.com/events/2492551

The second session of Summer Camp is suitable for students aged 7-13 who have taken at least one session of summer camp or a session of Afterschool Fools, or have other previous circus experience.

Este campamento es para ninos de 7 a 12 anos que han tomado o otro sesion de campamento de verano de Wise Fool o que tienen otro experiencia con circo.

 

Apply for TUITION ASSISTANCE here: https://docs.google.com/a/wisefoolnm.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqZmTMF22VjVHHL1k19iw_4E6kdOfW12WfdoMskVfYHbs2OQ/viewform

If you have questions or need help registering please call 505-992-2588 or email youth@wisefoolnm.org

 

Wise Fool’s SeeSaw at The Ringling Museum!

Wise Fool’s SeeSaw at The Ringling Museum!

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://wisefoolnewmexico.org/see-saw/

SeeSaw

 

Youth Afterschool Circus Classes Begin Jan 17th!

Youth Afterschool Circus Classes Begin Jan 17th!

 

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://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.

CircAspire Auditions!! Jan 29th

CircAspire Auditions!! Jan 29th

CircAspire 2017 Auditions!

Sunday January 29 from 1 to 4pm

Would you like to be a part of an original circus theater production? IF you are or have been a student of Wise Fool in any way – of any age – you can audition for our annual pre-professional production!! Here’s the link to the audition form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdfVLu_wTrfCvVRP-6jBqPwPAqY06prNIYrP4wsA1O0p7EOA/viewform

Scene from CircAspire 2016.
Wise Fool – CircAspire 2016

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 amy@wisefoolnm.org. 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.

Scene from CircAspire 2016.
Wise Fool – CircAspire 2016

How to Prepare for Auditions: 

Fill out an audition sheet here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdfVLu_wTrfCvVRP-6jBqPwPAqY06prNIYrP4wsA1O0p7EOA/viewform

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 amy@wisefoolnm.org or 505-699-9574 if you have any questions. You can also call the office at 505-992-2588.

I Am A WiseFoolian… more tales of transformation!

I Am A WiseFoolian… more tales of transformation!

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  

photo by Gabriella Marks Photography

Annual Giving Campaign is Happening!

Annual Giving Campaign is Happening!

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