Jan. 30, 2013 - Issue #902: Come cry with Daniel Romano
The ambitious show sees the tribe—which has been making the majority of its appearances in recent years through private performances—team up with local musician Cam Boyce, Japanese Taiko drum group Booming Tree and visual artist Joe Clarke for a celebration of beauty and creativity.
Since 2006, Agnes Luminos (Nancy Bromley) has been collecting performers for Vibe Tribe's gypsy circus, and this production portrays the tale of Young Agnes (Kelsey Hannah), who encounters a gypsy woman at a fair. While she's a stranger, the woman is strikingly familiar and marks Agnes as Wanderer of All Worlds. Young Agnes is frightened by this and attempts to flee her fate, but encounters captivating individuals who offer gifts that allow her to realize her true potential.
"Luminos really shares the fantasy world we like to live in, so we get to be the characters we want to be, not in everyday life," says Vibe Tribe performer and artistic director Marissa Puff. "We just get to explore the creative and fantastical side of ourselves through Luminos, which is where we all come together in our Vibe Tribe."
In essence, Luminos is a testament to the intriguing challenge that is life. There's always something to learn, new people to meet and challenges to overcome, and, as Puff notes, it's all part of the journey.
The journey also continues for Vibe Tribe, which likens itself to a family unit. Puff says the aim has been continually learning how to work together tightly and quickly, with Luminos coming together in approximately a month. The show debuted in November, under what Puff describes as a great deal of pressure and lots of last-minute refining, but all worked out in the end and the group is enthusiastic about taking that momentum and giving Luminos another spin.
"We really lean on each other. If somebody's having a bad day, the whole group really makes an effort to pick them up and keep going," Puff notes.
However, this welcoming atmosphere doesn't stop at the end of the stage. Right from the get-go, Vibe Tribe has worked to engage and interact with its audiences, and Luminos is no exception, with audience members encouraged to don their own gypsy attire and get in the spirit.
"It's very important to us that our audience feels like they're part of the Vibe Tribe family," Puff adds. "Our host, Nancy Bromley, she speaks to the audience as if she's your best friend and she's known you forever, so it really is a family element."
Sat, Feb 2 (8 pm)
Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, Sold out
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