We just returned from an incredible adventure bringing 8 Wise Fool teens, along with directors Ilana and Amy, to Trenton NJ to participate in the AYCO (American Youth Circus Organization) biannual youth circus festival. The festival was chock full of opportunities to connect with youth and coaches from all over the US who train, perform, and generally love circus! Wise Fool’s teen troupe members spent four days attending workshops, sharing skills and stories with new friends, and performing in the youth circus showcase! It was our first time bringing our youth to this nationwide event and we were so proud of them all for being great representatives of Wise Fool and New Mexico!! Thanks to the families, staff, youth and everyone who helped support this experience. We know it was a major positive life experience for our youth because we’ve already heard them making plans for the next AYCO festival in 2019!
Saturday, September 30th
Shows at 4pm and 8pm
Join us for Wise Fool’s first annual Fall Cabaret. Wise Fool’s advanced students, professional performers, and youth will present acts that dazzle and delight. Aerial hoop, silks, unicycling, trapeze, clowning, spoken word and more! And all proceeds support Wise Fool’s programming for youth and adults in our studio, in the public schools, and beyond! Two shows! The 4pm show (doors at 3:30) will be a family friendly show, the 8pm show (doors at 7:30) will have some adult content, recommended for 14 + up. Tickets $15 Adult, $5 child (12 and under), $10-15 sliding scale for financial need discount. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Our next session of adult/teen classes starts Tuesday, September 5th! The session runs through November 20th. See the class schedule for more details.
The fall session is 10 weeks, but you can pay in chunks, buy the whole session or start with a 5-week session pass. Earlybird registration discount before August 31st. Use the coupon code EARLYBIRDFALL when you purchase your class pass to receive 15% off OR register for 3 or more classes and get the 3rd class 20% off. Contact Ilana at email@example.com to take advantage of this discount.
And, if it’s hard to cover the cost all at once, we’re happy to offer a payment plan. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make a payment arrangement that works for you. Limited tuition assistance and work trade is also available. Click here to apply.
Session runs September 11 – Nov 17. Click here to register.
Fall is just around the corner and we’d love to spend it with your kiddos in our Fall AfterschoolSession. We have classes for ages 4 – 18 on afternoons, evenings & weekends, plus a NEW DAYTIME classes for homeschool or alternative school kids. Click here for schedule and class descriptions. Tuition Assistance and Payment Plans available. Click here to apply. Questions? Email Ilana at email@example.com
Wise Fool New Mexico is excited to offer our first ever IGNITE! street theater arts intensive workshop for adults and teens from August 27 to September 9th, 2017 on weeknights and Saturday afternoons.
In this two-week workshop, participants will learn how to build giant puppets, stilt-walk, design and paint banners and other large scale visuals. We'll also explore storyboarding, choreographic pageantry and characters for outdoor spectacles, demonstrations and community events. IGNITE! will also include two public community puppet builds and will culminate in a procession and performance at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts on the weekend of September 16 and 17.
The program is open to adults and teens (14+). Absolutely no experience necessary! Click the button above to register. You will need to login or create an account to register. Space is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot!
Cost of the program is $350, tuition and payment plans are available. Click the button above to apply for tuition assistance or apply a payment plan.
Register now...Sign-up with a friend and save $50 each! For more info about redeeming special offer contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the women and gender nonconforming folks who participated in Wise Fool New Mexico's 15th annual 6-week BUST Circus Camp as they present an inspired, meaningful, and daring display of acrobatics, trapeze, aerial fabric, stilt-walking, clowning, physical theater and more! May contain adult content.
Performances on Friday June 30th at 7:30pm and Saturday July 1st at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets at the door are subject to availability.
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.
Did you know that Wise Fool New Mexico is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts? The NEA is an important funder for arts organizations, granting over $750,000 in funds last year to 72 organizations and artists in Santa Fe County alone.
Yet this government agency’s budget is less than 1/10 the cost of an Air Force One jet, at about 45 cents per person in the US!
Wise Fool is performing Saturday, May 20th at the Southside Branch Library’s 10th Anniversary Plaza Fair (6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507).
Over 25 non-profits serving the community will have booths at the Plaza Fair. The event is from 11am until 4pm and “Backstage at the Circus” begins at 12:30 pm. And best of all, it’s FREE!
We hope to see you there!
Time is flying and it’s time to fly! Our next session of adult and teen classes runs May 1st through June 25th and includes a special aerial yoga 4-week workshop, a hula hoop, juggling, and unicycle jam, and all our ongoing aerial, acro and handstand classes. Many classes are suitable for brand new beginners! Click here for schedule and registration.
Also, we have our ongoing youth aerials class for kiddos ages 6 – 12. The class runs on Saturdays 10am – 11:30, starting May 6th. For more info or to register, click here.