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Circus Luminous: Clown Alchemy 

  • Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)
Photos by Gabriella Marks

Photos by Gabriella Marks

Photos by Gabriella Marks

Photos by Gabriella Marks

Wise Fool New Mexico

Circus Luminous: Clown Alchemy 

The Lensic Performing Arts Center proudly presents Wise Fool New Mexico’s fifteenth annual Circus Luminous.  

The all-new, all-local production, this year subtitled “Clown Alchemy,” features an ensemble of red-nosed clowns plus a cast of amazing acrobats, aerialists, and dancers (eight of them under age 15) performing feats of daring and wonder to delight audience members of all ages.

“‘Clown Alchemy’ is a celebration of the power of laughter and love to heal, transform, and bring people together,” says director Cynthia Ruffin, who co-wrote the production with Kate Marco. “It’s about alchemy: transforming negative experiences into something that’s beautiful and good. Laughter really is the best medicine, after all.”

The production follows six red-nosed clowns as they journey through the landscape of modern-day life fraught with issues that face Americans in 2018: school violence, immigration rights, women’s rights, black lives, trans issues, and indigenous resilience. The clowns, played by Amy Christian, Sarah Jane Moody, Dee Anaya, Carey Kramer, Kayo Muller, and Susie Perkins, bring their brand of healing to the world.  

“It’s entertaining and hopeful while also speaking to concerns that even school children encounter today,” says Ruffin. “We explore the magic that can turn these issues around, as well as the love and compassion that we all can bring into the mix. You’re gonna love it!"   

“Clown Alchemy” features an original score by music director Brian Haas, performed live by the Circus Luminous Orchestra. The production also features stunning visuals and costuming by a host of local builders and artists. 

Friday • November 23 • 7 p.m.
Saturday • November 24 • 2 p.m.
Saturday • November 24 • 7 p.m.
Sunday • November 25 • 4 p.m.

$20–$45 adults
$12–$27 kids 12 and under
Tickets may be purchased online at
Or call 505-988-1234
Or visit the Lensic box office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

Wise Fool New Mexico
Wise Fool is a beloved and award-winning non-profit organization at the center of Santa Fe’s community arts scene. 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. For more information or to sign up for youth and adult classes in fabrics, ropes, trapeze, juggling, and so much more, please go to

The 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

Circus Luminous is generously sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.

Dianna Delling, The Lensic
505-988-7050 x 1211