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!

Fill Sprout the Giant Puppet 'til she is overflowing with CIRCUS LOVE!!

Wise Fool exists to share the transformative power of circus. Wise Fool also exists because of visionary donors like you, who support a more beautiful, connected world.

You are an important part of our community and we are asking you to keep the wonderful “WiseFoolian” world thriving this year. Click Here to DONATE today!!

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And Click Here for inspiring stories of just how Wise Fool "Changes Lives One Circus at a Time!"

Standing Rock Fundraiser Sun Nov 13

STANDING ROCK FUNDRAISER

Sunday Nov 13 at Wise Fool New Mexico from 5:30 to 7:30

Food, Music, Poetry and Community – BRING $$$$ for the Raffle and Art Auction  – All Funds will go directly to support Native Led Efforts

$20 to 30 suggested donation – Noone turned away

Hosted by NNMSURJ (Northern NM Showing Up for Racial Justice)

standing-rock-fundraiser-flyer-11-6-page-001If you are headed to Standing Rock to support the efforts in person there will be information and people to connect with at this event.

Wise Fool rocked Las Cruces!

Wise Fool rocked Las Cruces!

Wise Fool Performers Deirdre Africa and Zeke Farrell rocked the Las Cruces Renn Faire on November 4th and 5th. “Wow”-ing the crowds with their stiltwalking wizards, magical purple stilt horse, and of course hours of hands on circus fun for kids and families was all in a days work for these two inspiring Wise Fools!

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Thanks Las Cruces for sharing the Circus Love with us!!

Wise Fool loves bringing our special brand of celebratory fun to events across the state and beyond. To find out more about booking Wise Fool click here!

Join us at Weird Science @ SF Children’s Museum Oct 29!

Join us at Weird Science @ SF Children’s Museum Oct 29!

Wise Fool will be offering hands on circus fun at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum’s Weird Science Halloween event this Saturday night October 29. The event runs from 4 to 7pm and Wise Fool artists will be leading a hands on circus zone from 5 to 6pm.

The event features weird experiments, a costume parade, a bouncy house, crazy photo booth, family portraits and a performance of “Thriller.” PLUS keep an eye out for our Wise Fool performer Deirdre Africa brewing up a little Weird Science on her stilts from 5:30 to 6:30!

For more info click here

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See Wise Fool at the Farmers Market Oct 26

See Wise Fool at the Farmers Market Oct 26

Wise Fool will be performing Too Much Noise at the final Wednesday Night Farmers Market of the year! FREE Show! Wednesday October 26 at 5:30pm at the Farmers Market Building in the Santa Fe Railyard

Too Much Noise is a participatory wednesday_special_event_fbfolk tale come to life!  This tale of a farmer, his animals and a very wise man will leave audience members laughing, creaking and mooing! Featuring life size animal puppets brought to life by young audience members. Great for young kids and their families.

This repertory show is available for your school or community event too!! Click here to see more about our fun family shows.

Zeke Farrell receives Mayors Youth Artist Award

Zeke Farrell receives Mayors Youth Artist Award

Wise Fool is excited to be attending the Mayor’s Awards Thursday Oct 20th to cheer on our amazing Wise Fool performer and teacher Zeke Farrell as he receives the Melissa Engstrom Youth Arts Award!  The awards honor “individuals making remarkable contributions to Santa Fe’s world-class arts community” and we can assure you that Zeke has made a truly remarkable contribution to Wise Fool’s community and programming over the past three years!

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CONGRATS ZEKE!! We’re super proud of you and psyched to keep sharing community, art, and inspiration with you! Check out Zeke’s profile on the city site here

“This year’s awards once again highlight the diversity of artists and contributors in Santa Fe, by honoring those who create art as well as those who work to ensure access for all of the community,” states Mayor Gonzales. “It is my privilege to recognize each of them for their unique contributions.”

The selections are made based on careful consideration of community-generated nominations and shine a spotlight on the incredible work artists and others are doing in our community and the ever-increasing importance of the arts to Santa Fe.