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Theater Grottesco’s “Different.” (Courtesy of Amp Concerts)

SANTA FE, N.M. — And now for something completely … well, “Different.”

That’s the name of the 16th original production by Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe’s company with roots in France whose shows always present a surreal mix of almost circus-like physical movement, drama and humor. “Different” opens Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. pay-what-you-wish performance at The Swan, 1213 Parkway Dr.

This time, founding artistic director John Flax and company are promising “a bold form of theatrical storytelling that most have never seen before.” The production is an adaptation of the Joan of Arc story, but without memorized text or choreography, and comes after a year of the cast working together on what they call structured improvisation.

“Who tells each step of the story, how the details are added, and how the powerful Grottesco physicality weaves it into something that might be considered a musical composition is something that will be different every night and can only be experienced live,” the company says.

“In Grottesco’s world of physical theatre, ensemble is where the actors create moving imagery, like a dynamic painting,” it adds. “They come to know their fellow performers so well that the audience can witness the artistic equivalent of basketball’s no-look pass, an antidote for the age of individualism, and a reminder of the magical possibilities of working together and of live theatre.”

Unsaid is whether the story “with surprising twists and redemption” still ends with Joan burned at the stake.

Find out at performances Thursday (except Thanksgiving) through Sunday until Dec. 1. The shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for 2:30 p.m. shows on Sundays. Tickets regularly are $25 general admission, $12 for students and $100 for the opening gala on Friday, Nov. 15. Go to brownpapertickets.com. Other pay-what-you-want shows (this deal is available only at the box office) are on Sunday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 21.

‘GODS OF DANCE’: Santa Fe favorites Ozomatli (they’re actually favorites just about everywhere) bring the band’s huge and danceable Latino-meets-everything funk sound to Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Ozomatli

Also known as “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” the 23-year-old Los Angeles six-piece is definitely a dish best served live. A free show at the Railyard for the first InterPlanetary Festival two summers ago drew an overflow crowd crammed body-to-body into a constricted space, only enhancing Ozomatli’s sweat-inducing attributes.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $40 in advance, $45 day of show. Go to ampconcerts.org.

RECYCLED ART FEST: The 21st annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17, next weekend.

The Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival (Aaron Voigt/Recycle Festival)

The festival begins with a 5-9 p.m. session on Friday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. The ever-popular Trash Fashion & Costume Contest starts at 7 p.m., with limited seating.

General admission Friday is $5/free for 12 and under; tickets for the fashion show are $15 and $20/$8 for 12 and under, and include the general admission. Go to ticketssantafe.org or call 988-1234 for advance tickets for the fashion show.

The festival will include about 90 artists in the art market and over 30 artists in the adult juried art exhibit. All of the art and crafts must consist of a minimum of 75% recycled materials – everything from vintage tin cans to scrap metal.

Recycled art activities in the Make and Take area – for kids and adults – take place throughout Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). There is no admission charge Saturday and Sunday.

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