“Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto” is a solo physical theatre piece which explores the joys, sorrows, and hilarity of romance, relationships, and child-rearing. Created and performed by Felicity Hesed, this comedy offers a uniquely female perspective on the struggles of maintaining one’s identity in the midst of family life. “Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto” incorporates live music, circus, and magic to spin a whimsical tale of love and loss. Felicity Hesed is joined on stage by violinist Clare Armenante who creates an invigorating and masterful soundscape. Felicity Hesed developed this innovative and interactive show in collaboration with award-winning Director Jeff Raz. "Cara Vita" is both a deeply personal and universally human story.
"...a hilarious, heartbreaking and sexy piece of clown theater." (Cirque du Soleil star, Jeff Raz)
“Felicity Hesed is an absolute delight... thoughtfully, playfully, lovingly, joyfully taking us along for the ride.” -- Steve Smith (Emmy Award winner, Clown Hall of Fame inductee, and Big Apple Circus Director)
“Felicity Hesed’s 'Cara Vita' is a cleverly crafted solo piece incorporating music, clowning and movement into one thoroughly entertaining show. Filled with fun surprises, Hesed’s sharp comic timing will keep you laughing and wondering what will come next. But underneath the silliness is an achingly sincere exploration of marriage and motherhood as seen through the eyes of an artist, asking a question that many can relate to: what happens to your art when life gets in the way?” -- Genie Cartier (Founder of Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective)Book Now
“Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto” was created and performed by Felicity Hesed. Felicity developed this show with Director Jeff Raz and Violinist Clare Armenante for its world premiere at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May of 2019.
Felicity Hesed (Creator and Performer) is a Clown, Aerialist, and Director. She recently returned from Kaifeng, China where she was a featured performer at the Tenth National Golden Chrysanthemum Festival. Felicity delights and surprises viewers with her vibrant characters, technical skill, and audience interaction. Felicity has developed a unique style of clowning that incorporates acrobatic prowess, physical comedy, and theatrical storytelling. Felicity received a BA in Theater from Kalamazoo College and attended the Clown Conservatory. Felicity’s performance credits include the New Pickle Circus, Teatro ZinZanni, Children’s Fairyland, the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, and Seattle’s Moisture Festival. To learn more about Felicity visit felicityhesed.com.
Jeff Raz (Director) has starred in many plays and circuses, from "Corteo" with Cirque du Soleil to "Comedy of Errors" on Broadway. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International, has written 15 plays and directed dozens of circus and theater productions. His first book, "The Secret Life of Clowns," was launched nationally at the Smithsonian last year; his new book, "The Snow Clown," is now available at jeffraz.com.
Clare Armenante (Violinist) is a versatile violinist and fiddler with a passion for all music – any style, any genre. She currently performs, records, and tours with two bands: The High Water Line (bluegrass) and The Vivants (western swing/Cajun). She also performs as a member of the hip-hop chamber group, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and other string quartets in the Bay Area. Her skills in many genres of music have given her the opportunity to travel and perform at Carnegie Hall, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with Bonobo, SF Masonic Auditorium with Sarah BrightmanBook Now
Steve Smith (Emmy Award winner, Clown Hall of Fame inductee, and Big Apple Circus Director) -- “Felicity Hesed is an absolute delight... as an actor, an aerialist, a physical comedian and human being. Her new show, 'Cara Vita,' gives her clown the opportunity to delve into the very real person living just behind her ‘red nose’... and thoughtfully, playfully, lovingly, joyfully take us along for the ride.”
Genie Cartier (Founder of Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective) -- “Felicity Hesed’s 'Cara Vita' is a cleverly crafted solo piece incorporating music, clowning and movement into one thoroughly entertaining show. Filled with fun surprises, Hesed’s sharp comic timing will keep you laughing and wondering what will come next. But underneath the silliness is an achingly sincere exploration of marriage and motherhood as seen through the eyes of an artist, asking a question that many can relate to: what happens to your art when life gets in the way?”
Judy Finelli (Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus, Founder of the San Francisco Circus Center) - "Ms. Hesed can blend a variety of acting styles together within the same show. Not only can Felicity act, she can deliver everything from a broad, wacky, cartoon-y character believably, select a volunteer and play with him outrageously, perform variety skills when appropriate, and accept the most improbable situations. She can then turn around and transition into darker, more moving, dramatic and naturalistic scenes seamlessly."
Jeff Raz (Director of "Cara Vita' and Star of Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo") -- “Felicity's vision for 'Cara Vita' enchanted me, even when it was just a few sketches in her notebook. That vision has now become a hilarious, heartbreaking and sexy piece of clown theater."
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