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photos by Michelle Bates

A man earnestly spreads bread crumbs to repel tigers…

Four clowns juggle meditation pillows, fighting to get the most comfortable seat…

And, finally, Dog learns to sit, floating high in the air. 

UMO Ensemble goes Zen – the Northwest’s most acclaimed physical theatre company brings their irreverent approach to ancient tales of wonder to ACT Theatre, April 14-24. Red nose monk clowns weave Buddhist, Zen and Sufi stories with mask, puppets, music – and breathtaking physical skill. The UMO Ensemble clowns tackle life head-on… dangling from a rope, juggling or balancing…singing and clowning. Red Tiger Tales is a delight for the whole family.

UMO’s Red Tiger Tales has performed at ACT Theatre, KCC Urban Center, Kirkland Performance Center and Open Space for Arts & Community. 

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“A fabulous circus of the body, mind & spirit!”
P-Form Magazine, Chicago
“A remarkably adept company,…compelling, intriguing and a delight indeed.”
San Francisco Examiner
"UMO stumbles, as if by accident, on the part of us that’s closest to heaven.”
Village Voice