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50 Sense Circus

January 18, 2014 | 08:00pm
Grand Hall
Variety Music Aerial Comedy

Spotlighting the wisdom and skill of veteran female performers who are pushing the limits of what is possible.

The Project  In the tradition of circus, the 50 Sense Circus will bring you thrills and chills with daring acts of skill and ingenuity…but not by ingénues. These powerful performers are in their middle years (40 to late 50’s!) and they will be rocking it with depth of character! Set in the circus ring at Open Space for the Arts and Community, audience members will be treated to a hybrid theatrical circus with triple trapeze, dervish Spanish web spinning, intricate falls on tissu, and banshee-like bungee-ing. Not to mention side show acts of accordion expertise, strip tease, spoken word, oracle conjuring and roller skate conquering. These seasoned performers have inventoried the stories they've been told and are ready to give you their 50 cents on life and death, courage and fear, abundance and scarcity through sneaky deep comedy, visual poetry, and a 50 item “To Do” list. This is a journey led by women in the deep strength of their performing years, who aren’t afraid to let you know that the real price of admission to a great life is the admittance that you are more powerful than you imagine! 

Photo: by Michelle BatesPhoto: by Michelle Bates

There are women in more and more fields sharing knowledge and experience, and the voice of the feminine is a critical part of the needed wisdom on this planet right now. To have this amazing group of powerful women sharing their work in this format is both unique, exciting and fun.  Once the production is up and running we hope to continue presenting it in other venues around the country to spread the inspiration.

"The truth is like castor oil. It’s difficult to take and hard to swallow, so we get them to laugh and while their mouths are open, we pour a little in." Harold Clurman

Primary Collaborators

Martha EnsonMartha Enson

 Martha Enson is Co-founder of the event production company EnJoy Productions, a past Performer and Director with Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle and San Francisco and a Founding Artistic Director of UMO Ensemble, and Aviatrix. An actress, clown, acrobat, aerialist and puppeteer, Martha has performed on rollerskates, bungee dancing from 50 feet in the air, and as an acrobat 520 feet above the ground at the Seattle Space Needle. She is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor and lives on Vashon Island, WA with her husband and daughter.                               

Tina LaPadula - photo by John UlmanTina LaPadula - photo by John Ulman

Tina LaPadula has created, performed and collaborated on ensemble work in New York, London, Pennsylvania and locally at Freehold, Open Circle, A Contemporary Theatre, Annex, West of Lenin, Empty Space, and House of Dames. Over the past 2 decades Tina has poured much of her creative energy into teaching artistry and equitable arts access efforts with Seattle Public Schools, Centrum Arts, Power of Hope, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and especially with Arts Corps, the award winning arts education non-profit she helped found in 2000. Tina is a catalyst and connector, adept at building spaces for diverse communities to create and learn together. http://www.artscorps.org/about-us/corps-members/teaching-artists/details/?id=0033000000L5HSCAA3

Janet McAlpinJanet McAlpin

Janet McAlpin trained for two years at the School of Jacques LeCoq in Paris France.  She was a founding member of UMO Ensemble and has been teaching, directing and performing physical theater for over 24 years. She has created and co-directed UMO in El Dorado, Body Inheritance, Fatal Peril, and Red Tiger Tales. She also enjoys creating aerial acts and clown acts with David Godsey and other artists usually involving various pieces of odd shaped equipment or fruits & vegetables. In most other waking hours, Janet lives and dreams her creative vision into Open Space for Arts and Community. She is grateful to be part of the creative team for 50 Sense Circus!

Leah MannLeah Mann

Leah Mann graduated from the University of GA in 1985 (BSed). In1996 Leah Co-founded Lelavision Physical Music with collaborator Ela Lamblin.  The professional company melds dance with kinetic musical sculptures. Leah is Director Emeritus and Co-founder of the award-winning company, Moving in the Spirit a dance and urban outreach program in Atlanta. She teaches improv, acro-dance, sports dance, and developmental movement to students from 2yrs - 102yrs. 

Sumayya DiopSumayya Diop

Sumayya E. Diop has been performing dance, drum, song and theater in Seattle with youth and adults for over 10 years. Trained by “Jali” of W. Africa, and professional artists of all disciplines, Sumayya holds the tradition & performance of African dance, drum and song with integrity and love. In addition to her work with Arts Corps, Sumayya has also worked with The Nature Consortium, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Living Voices, and many others in a professional capacity. Sumayya brings knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and discipline when sharing performance art with diverse communities.

Linda SevertLinda Severt

 Linda Severt was a surfer in High School. Then she got a skateboard and got really good at skateboarding. Between 1976 and 1979, Linda won skateboard competitions all over the East Coast. Sometimes contests didn't have a girls' division and Linda would compete with the boys. And guess what? She'd win! She was totally rad.Linda grew up in Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Maryland. She has performed her original music, juggling and clown work all over the world including The Kennedy Center, Kim Tom Internat'l Clown Festival and Prince Rupert Comedy Festival. She was a member of the Big Apple Clown Care Unit. She founded, directs and performs with Room Circus Medical Clowning in addition to performing with numerous bands! 


Additional Artists and Acts

Silkworms – photo by Jeff DunnicliffSilkworms – photo by Jeff Dunnicliff

 The band will include the stellar talents of multi-instrumentalists, Amy Denio and Marchette DuBois.  Additional acts that will grace the stage and air space include: Storme Webber,Esther Edelman's Silkworms  and Bohemian Acro

Production Partners

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Performance Notes:
Get tickets at Vashon Bookshop or at Brown Paper Tickets.

$15 Adults, $8 Children / Seniors in advance
$17 Adults, $10 Children / Seniors at the Door