Event Entertainment

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Wise Fool Event Entertainment is the for-hire branch of the non-profit performing arts organization Wise Fool New Mexico.

Let Wise Fool bring our eclectic touch of color to your event with our award-winning visuals and internationally celebrated performers.

We offer giant puppets and stilt walkers, original hands-on workshops for adults and children, interactive circus-style event entertainment, site- and event-specific spectacles, and more!

 

Please fill out our Event Inquiries form if you’re interested in hiring Wise Fool for your event.

Testimonials

You were by far the most popular station at our Weird Science event and I couldn’t have made it such as success without all of you. So many families came up to me after the event and said that the Wise Fool station was their favorite. You all really made a difference for a lot of the little ones and inspired some future circus artists! Thank you so much for coming and I’m excited to work with you all again soon!– Sarah Haghi, Education Coordinator from Santa Fe Children’s Museum

“Wise Fool New Mexico are a supremely unique, artistic, and talented group of professional performers that are sure to wow your audience. They provided an evening of awe-inspiring acrobatics, stilt-walking, juggling and tumbling in beautifully crafted costumes that blew our attendees away.”-Andrew S. Wolf, Senior Professional Development & Meetings Coordinator, AHDI / MTIA

Thank you Wise Fool for being a huge part of our second annual Indigenous Ways festival series. We could not do this without you. We love and appreciate you!– Indigenous Ways 2023 team

I highly recommend Wise Fool for any event that dares to go beyond the conventional and step into the realm of extraordinary.”-Andrew S. Wolf, Senior Professional Development & Meetings Coordinator, AHDI / MTIA

Event Inquiries

Please fill out this form if you’d like to inquire about having Wise Fool perform at your event.

Please specify the distance to Santa Fe your event will be taking place, in case travel fees need to be accounted for.
If your event will be taking place 30 miles or further away from Santa Fe, please specify the city/region.
What kind of entertainment are you looking for? Ambient performers to greet and mingle with your guests, staged shows with skilled performers to act as the highlight of your event, or interactive workshops are just some of the things we offer.
Multiple selections OK
What type of skill-based performer(s) are you looking for? If you already have a specific vision for your event, let us know what type of performers you had in mind.
Multiple selections OK
Please give a general description of the event, including the theme/aesthetics. Feel free to include any other relevant information (budget, performance duration, costuming, etc) or questions in this field!
Do you already have a specific budget you're working within?

Event Entertainment Options

Ambient Entertainment

Ambient Entertainment

Wise Fool can bring your event to life with our award-winning visuals on stilts, our famous giant puppets, or skilled performers that mix and mingle with your guests.

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Photo by Jamie Smith

Greeting Guests / Walk-Around

Your guests will be greeted by one of our lively characters and escorted into the event. The stilt walkers and giant puppets will then mingle amongst the guests at your event. This lively entertainment can be contracted for one or more hours.


Skill-Based Performers

Wise Fool can bring not only our eclectic touch of color, but also a display of talent and athleticism to your event. Guests will be greeted by acrobats and jugglers as the performers mingle and challenge the perception of gravity and the physical norm. Some of our options include:

  • Acrobatics
  • Clowning / Physical Theatre
  • Juggling
  • Unicycling
  • Fire Performers
  • Contortionists
  • Stilt Acrobatics
  • Aerialists
Interactive Workshops

Interactive Workshops

Wise Fool is as equally known for our workshop curriculum as we are for our performances. Wise Fool can lead workshops for both children and adults in the following skills:

  • Giant puppet making
  • Stilt walking
  • Juggling
  • Giant mural projects
  • Physical theater & Clowning

…and a variety of other workshops that combine many art forms to give the participants a new and powerful voice.

photo by Kate Russell

Skill-Based Acts

Here are some of the various skill-based acts that Wise Fool can produce for your event. These can be provided as ambient entertainment, or polished choreographed routines. These acts sometimes require rigging or ground space specifications, and are priced by the act or by the overall show

For prices and availability, fill out our Event Inquiry form or contact Alishiya at events@wisefoolnm.org.

Ground-Based Acts Expand MC / Ringmaster – Do you need a personable character to lead and/or moderate your event? Someone who can keep audiences laughing and engaged while the scene or focus of your event shifts? Wise Fool can offer a variety of characters to host your event, from top hats and tails to the outrageous. Our characters can lead you through any event with humor, intellect and charm.

Acrobatics
– Wise Fool offers a stunning array of partner based acrobatics. With balance, grace and flexibility, these artists can amaze your audiences with outstanding physical feats balanced a top of each other. Partner and group acrobatic numbers (up to 6 people) can be arranged.

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Clown Antics – Wise Fool’s clowns have been known to lyrically, musically and mysteriously enchant and humor audiences. Clown numbers can be added to your performance or event, and will round out the show and send everyone home with a smile on their face and a song in their step.

Juggling and Manipulation – You can choose from several different juggling acts. Some are humor-based, and some push the limits of human skills and reaction time. All entertain!

Contortion (Limited Availability)
– One of our solo artists will amaze, inspire and stun your audiences with the concept of what is possible with the human body. Contortion is a highly specialized art where the artist manipulates their flexbility beyond what most people think is humanly possible to create amazing visuals and artistry.

Fire Set (Limited Availability) – We have a variety of Fire Acts for you to choose from. Here are some favorites:
  • Poi: Two short chains with balls of fire on the end of them. Performers spin these to create beautiful patterns of light around themselves.
  • Fire Fans: These are fans constructed out of spokes of metal each tipped with a wick, which performers dance and sway with. They make for a unique and often dance-centric performance.
  • Fire Hat: This is a metal sculpture that straps onto a stilt performers head and is lit with fire. This fire performer makes quite an impression dancing around with giant white wings.
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Stilt Acrobatics – In a high energy display of athleticism, grace and artistry, multiple stilt-walkers bound to your stage in their signature mix of acrobatics and dance from as a high as 9′ to down on the ground. This act can even be adapted to include high-flying aerial feats!

Aerial Silks – On long flowing 20′ silks, aerialists climb and drop and catch and twist themselves into knots in this graceful and stunning display of strength and grace. Where does one artist’s body end and another’s begin? Aerial silks are popular world-wide with their eye-catching and enchanting presence.

Trapeze – We have an assortment of Trapeze acts, including Dual Trapeze. Two aerial artists use a single trapeze and each other to move effortlessly through the air. This act can be commissioned to fit style and theme of your event.

Lyra
– We offer beautiful and lyrical pieces on a metal hoop suspended from the air. Our performers push the boundaries of what’s possible, defying gravity with jaw-dropping flips, spins, and gravity-defying moves. The aerialist glides around their apparatus with an ease and grace that leaves you breathless.  Birdcage pink final for website

Full Length Productions

Wise Fool can bring to you an existing show, or we can create a show to suit your needs, tastes, and specifications. In these productions, we combine physical, musical, and visual artistry to amaze and impress audiences world wide.

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Wise Fool can create a customizable full-length show on a wide range of scales to suit your event needs, tastes, and specifications. In these productions, we combine physical, musical and visual artistry to amaze and impress your event guests.

Custom made performances can include any combination of options including:

  • Ambient entertainment
  • Staged circus-based shows from 10 to 45 minutes long (performed once or multiple times)
  • Repertory family puppet shows
  • Hands-on interactive activities for adults and/or youth
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Viva Las Carpistas! A Traveling Circus of Enchantment

Ambient Entertainment: Guests will be greeted as they arrive during cocktail hour

  • Walk-Around Giant Puppets and Stiltwalkers: Wise Fool’s colorful characters on stilts and award winning Giant Puppets greet, interact and socialize with your event guests.
  • Traveling Mini-Performances: Highly skilled circus artists perform short “busker style” variety acts within the general space of your event, right in the middle of your guests. Wandering performances may include: acrobatic solos and partnering, juggling, unicycling, hula hooping, contortion/body sculpture, and ribbon dancing.
  • Kid Zone with Participatory Youth Puppet show: Entertainment geared specifically for young children. This area features a 35 minute performance with lots of chances for kids to come up on stage and strut their stuff. After the show kids get a chance to climb inside life-size circus animal puppets, learning to make their jaguar jump through hoops and roll over.

Staged Performance: The “main event” will be a 30-minute choreographed circus performance

  • Aerial Performance: During the middle of dinner, we dazzle your guests with a 30 minute contemporary circus performance on our graceful free-standing truss. The show features breathtaking aerial acrobats soaring above the audience on trapeze, aerial silks, and lyra and is wound together with acrobats and a charming clown MC character.

Aerial Rigging Options

Freestanding Aerial Swingset Rig

Free-Standing “Swingset” Rig

Our smaller, free-standing aerial swingset rig travels and sets up easily almost anywhere by four people with no extra equipment, solving rigging limitations in both indoor and outdoor venues.

Free Standing Truss

Free-Standing Truss

Our stunning, custom built, free-standing aerial truss travels with us making a visual statement while solving rigging limitations in both indoor and outdoor venues. This truss system allows for a myriad of aerial and theatrical performance options and requires lift equipment and 6 person crew to load in and out of venue.

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Wise Fool New Mexico’s Free Standing Truss will enhance your productions and events. This original structure is elegant, durable, and portable. It provides innovative utility for lighting shows and creating eye-catching set decor for stage design. This structure solves the many venue limitations and rigging dilemmas faced by event planners and producers.

In addition, Wise Fool New Mexico can exclusively provide aerialists and trapeze artists to perform from this Free Standing Truss. This stunning combination of form and function not only provides rigging structure, but because of the unique curve design and high-grade aluminum construction, it also provides a graceful, beautiful, and powerful element for any event.

Past Clients

Past clients include: Four Seasons Resorts, Amarillo Museum of Art, American Spirit, Conference of Western Attorney’s General, Doubletree Hotels, American Cancer Society, Museum of International Folk Art, International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Green Gala at SFCC, Roswell Museum of Art, City of El Paso, Mesa Arts Festival Phoenix, Las Cruces and Los Golondrinas Renaissance Faires

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