“A Day in the Life” with Calgary Multidisciplinary Artist Ms. Luna

Ms. Luna of Le Cirque de la Nuit is very proud to say that she is perfectly abnormal, thank you very much.

In a society that celebrates the “typical”, she has forged a way to embrace all of the qualities that once separated her from the world. Born and raised in Calgary after her parents fled what was then Czechoslovakia, there were limitations to her creativity and desire to express herself. Whether she was stuck in her room drawing aimlessly with no guidance, or dancing as a means to cope with a turbulent home life, the thirst to connect with the arts remained unquenched as the support one receives from family was reserved for an occupation that some might say commands “respect”.

If it’s possible to use only one word to describe Luna, it would be “powerful”. Confronting her mental health and continuously tending to it has opened up the ability to pursue her passions, mainly within Circus Arts and performing. The personality traits she was conditioned to feel ashamed of are now what drives her inspiration to create works of art that combine her multitude of talents; building characters with creative makeup, costuming, the use of hula hoops, fire, feather fans, and more.

Luna uses art as a means to connect with the world she sometimes still feels like an alien in. Luckily, art gives us the gift of encouraging people to be who they are; if that means being an alien, I respect that.

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Shambhala 2022 when Le Cirque de la Nuit did the opening ceremony for The Village stage. Definitely, the biggest and most epic performance I have ever been a part of.
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Shambhala 2023 with Sexxy Lexxy (my tiny trailer that I love taking to music festivals because I refuse to use a porta potty).
Posing in front of the biggest hoop wall (of tubing) possibly ever. I get most of my hoops from Geometric Revolution Hoops here in Calgary, and love that I’ve been able to support my friends & small businesses through what I do.
Using the 3D scanner at Fuse33 to make an LED costume with Nliten!
Playing the Baritone Ukulele (which I am very much still learning) at Wicked Woods in 2022.
Feast at the Beach 2022, after being reunited with my “husband”, Connor Elliott. He had proposed to me in 2019 with a little piece of wood he found on the ground, and it was the cutest thing ever. Later on, my cohorts doing the stage show chose him as a volunteer for their bit out of pure coincidence. I had told them about the proposal, so they asked Connor Elliott about it and what this means. His response was simply, “married”. After the pandemic separated us, I was finally able to return and we had the biggest hug.
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Epoque 2022, a glimpse into what you might see at The Time Machinist at The Grand in September!
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Photoshoot at the river with a photographer I met and had taken photos with almost a decade ago before I became an official performance artist! – Lightwave Visions Photography

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Which ’hood are you in?

I live in Montgomery, NW! It’s a hidden gem here in the city, and I love enjoying the view with a cup of tea and my fur babies, Twinkee and Rumi.

What do you do?

At the moment, I’m reassessing my “muggle job” as I have had so many wonderful opportunities to take a bigger step into the creative world. For now, I am working with Nliten, making LED costuming, props, signs, and more out of the Fuse33 Makerspace. It’s been so much fun integrating my performance life into a day-to-day venture!

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on a theatre production called The Time Machinist with Le Cirque de la Nuit and Jupiter Theatre. We will be at The Grand on September 8, 9 & 10th. I have been creating costume pieces with the team at Nliten and will be wearing them in the show. It’s going to be a great time! – Pun intended.

Where can we find your work?

I am building my website so, for now, you can mostly find me on Instagram and TikTok, as well as nLiten and Le Cirque De La Nuit on Instagram and website.

 

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