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Lensic Presents Wise Fool’s Circus Luminous 2019: Chaos! Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 29 Through Dec. 1

on October 21, 2019 - 6:12pm
Circus Luminous 2018 scene. Courtesy/Anne Staveley
The Lensic News:
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents Wise Fool’s Circus Luminous 2019: Chaos!, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
Circus Luminous 2019 is a miraculous, family-friendly extravaganza that explores the ups and downs of chaos, with acrobats, dancers, aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, a live band and more!
Tickets: $20-$45 (Kids 12 and under: $12-$27). Available at, 505.988.1234, or at The Lensic box office, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
You’ll experience four competing approaches to dealing with chaos—each inspiring you to ask where chaos comes from, and how it moves, sings, laughs, and flies. One approach urges you to improve your Self. Another tries to turn you against the Other. Yet another invites you to join the Resistance. And the fourth, well, we barely understand that one ourselves. Come early and join the immersive experience! The fun begins the minute you enter the Lensic lobby, when you’ll encounter a chaos “trade show”—sponsored by Wise Fool’s (fictional) Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
Circus Luminous, Wise Fool’s annual Thanksgiving show at The Lensic, features professional artists, a youth ensemble with students from Wise Fool’s circus education programs, and musicians from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces. It is co-directed by Nandita Dinesh (dramaturgy and installation), Pamela Donohoo (dance and circus choreography), and Tara Khozein (theatrical and musical direction).
Buy into the chaos!
Sensory-Friendly Performance: at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1
The matinee on Sunday, December 1, will be a “sensory-friendly” performance, modified to welcome patrons with autism, developmental or cognitive challenges, and other sensory issues. It will be very similar to the shows presented earlier in the weekend, but bright or flashing lights, loud or sudden sounds, and other content that might be over-stimulating for patrons will be toned down or eliminated. At sensory-friendly performance, audience members are welcome to leave their seats as needed and talking is permitted. Quiet spaces, staffed by trained volunteers, will be available for those who need time away. Support for this sensory-friendly performance is provided by the Theater Defense Fund and the May Center for Learning. 
Wise Fool New Mexico
It is Wise Fool New Mexico's mission to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theatre. Wise Fool is a beloved and award-winning non-profit organization at the center of Santa Fe's community arts scene. Wise Fool serves thousands of local youth and adults annually with hands-on activities and high-quality experiences built upon our core values of community, arts accessibility, and social justice. To learn more visit
Lensic Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center, a landmark historic theater in the heart of Santa Fe, is home to arts and cultural experiences for everyone, all year round. The Lensic serves its community through world-class artistic programming (including our Lensic Presents series), theater rentals with discounts for local nonprofits, and groundbreaking educational programs that touch the lives of 16,000+ students each year. For more information about our presentations and programs, visit