Past Performances

Baggage (2007)

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Baggage is a powerful journey of hope and strength drawing on traditions of storytelling, mask, puppetry, movement and song to tell the survival stories of four women who have endured sexual and domestic violence. 

 

Coup de Circ (2009)

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An inspiring tale of compassion and rebellion set in the fantastical world of traveling circus. A mythic purple horse in love with a dancing bird, a delusional ringmaster determined to become rich and famous, breathtaking aerialists, acrobatic mayhem and giant puppetry abound in this delightful farce. For all ages! Past bookings include Vancouver and Okanagan International Children's Festivals.

 

Puppet Tales (Annual Performance Series, 2007-2010)

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Puppet Tales was a puppetry performance series for family audiences, where we turned off the ubiquitous screen and reveled in living, breathing, handmade experiences. Puppet Tales took place over four to six weekends in late winter /early spring. Wonder, tradition, storytelling, and music abounded in this series, where young, old, and everyone in between were invited to “step outside the (cardboard) box”; to imagine together; to be delighted and challenged by creatures of newspaper and cloth; to share our time, our dreams, and our tales. 

H2O (2002)

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H20 is an outdoor physical theater performance set in a living visual installation. Cast and audience alike entered a landscape built by water and drought; home to creatures falling through the air, lumbering on stilts, and flickering by torchlight. Through their distinctive and highly physical combination of movement, stilts, puppetry, and aerial arts, Wise Fool pondered this substance on which all life depends, exploring the myriad ways in which water and lack of water impact our lives.

The Curtain (2001)

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Wise Fool's original work, The Curtain, performed for sell out audiences in Peñasco, Santa Fe, and Tucson AZ in late March and early April 2001. The Curtain addressed issues of borders and migration, personal, political and cultural. Created/directed by Wise Fool's four core founding artists (coming from different cultural and social backgrounds) the making of the piece was a journey into each of our perceptions and fears. It was a piece which reached out and deeply affected many audience members, as well as changing the artists and their relationships to each other.

The piece involved seven performers, two musicians and two media artists in a rich weaving of the arts of puppetry, shadow puppetry, aerial fabric and ropes, stiltdancing and bungee, spoken word, slide and soundscape, dance, music and fire.