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Circo  de Nada  Presents: Idiopathic     

At the  People’s Building     

A  new  work of  abstract clown  and movement.   By Nick  Trotter       

Circo de Nada is  pleased to present Idiopathic,  a new  work of  abstract clown  art and movement by Nick Trotter.    Performances  will be Oct  10- Oct 12  at 7:30 PM at the People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora,  CO 80010. Tickets are $15 online and are  available at         

About  the show:    Circo  de Nada  presents Idiopathic,  a new  experimental  work by Nick  Trotter. Fusing  the dramatic  territories of  Clown and Tragedy,  this gut-­‐wrenching piece  of physical theatre explores  the liminal state between balance  and falling, and the consequences of  the human heart’s choice between the two.       

Arising  from Trotter’s  own experience with  addiction, anxiety and  insomnia, Idiopathic  is  a hallucinatory  vision of a life  whose purpose and meaning  have eroded from within, and  whose stability has become simply  impossible. The  title  is a term  used by doctors  and scientists to  identify diseases or  conditions that they can’t  explain:  the literal  translation from  classical Greek is  “self-­‐caused.” It’s  an assertion of nonsense,  a surrender to absurdity in  the face of our own ignorance  and misunderstanding.

Idiopathic  explores  the emotional  condition of cycles,  of actions that apparently  have no beginning—and no end.  If we don’t know how we get into  these cycles, how can we find out way  out? Is there a way out at all? Or is our  condition congenital: is our Self, in fact, the  cause? The  player  is presented  in a fractured  vision of the Clown,  with a red nose and the  wreckage of whiteface.  Clowns are often  maligned as fake and  trite, or as blandly “scary”.  But they have the potential to  illuminate the extreme difficulties  of the human condition with humor and  poetry. By offering themselves up for public  humiliation, they can turn degradation inside out  and produce empathy. The  music  for the  show, partly  composed and partly  improvised, is a collaboration  between Nick  Trotter  and Saladin  Thomas, who will  be performing live  during this production.  The instruments are circular  saw blades, rusted brake drums,  sheet metal and other found objects   and noisemakers. This junk: broken, corroded,  and used against the intentions that created it,   replaces the notion of charming harmonies and melodies  with the sound of what is cast off from human activity,  and is therefore an echo of real human experience.

Principle  artists include:     

Circo  de Nada  is  a theater,  music and puppetry  project created by Nick  Trotter. Its mission is to Entertain  the Imagination,  with  bold, stylized  and fantastical performances,  and to Take  It to  the Street:  tear  down the  traditional  or habitual trappings  of theater, to make these   performances accessible to audiences  who crave imagination. Their productions  include The   Book of  Jonah,  a shadow-­‐puppetry  adaptation of the story  from the Hebrew bible, and  Henry   Four,  an adaptation of Shakespeare’s  historical dramas,  which will receive its  Denver premiere later in  2019. Please visit  for  more information.     Nick  Trotter  is  a graduate  of the MFA program  at Dell'Arte International  in California, and has also  trained  at the Boulder  Circus Center with Giovanni Fusetti, and  at Tisch School of the  Arts, New York University.  He specializes in Clown, Bouffon,  Commedia dell'Arte, and puppetry, and   is a mask and nose maker. His project  Circo  de Nada  regularly  performs improv  at the Voodoo Comedy  Playhouse in Denver, and  he also teaches Mask, Commedia  and Clown classes in Denver. He  performs as King Henry and Falstaff,  and created shadow puppets, in Henry  Four,  an   adaptation  of Shakespeare's  King  Henry the  Fourth parts  I & II,  a production  he created with   Amy Driesler. Saladin  Thomas  is  a freelance  musician and improviser.  He is the drummer for the  local band To  Be Astronauts,  and  performs  in the  Dinner  Detectives  interactive  murder-­‐mystery  show, and with the  improv group Full  Spectrum.

Earlier Event: October 6
Colfax Old-Time Jam
Later Event: October 11