Brains, Heart and Space for the Simple: a Conversation with Gravity and Other Myths - CircusTalk

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Brains, Heart and Space for the Simple: a Conversation with Gravity and Other Myths

“Bigger is better” is a long time American circus tagline. It needs no interpretation. Adhering to this slogan, one would think that success for a touring circus company means more shows, more teams on the road, more countries visited to make more money. It’s a formula that smells of corporate conquests.
From the outside, Gravity and Other Myths fits the bill. In a quick decade they have gone from classmates at CirKids training center in Adelaide, Australia to being on the brink of sending their third full cast on a world tour. Rather than itching to conquer the contemporary circus scene, the enthusiastic cast members of Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) have nothing but gratitude and awe (backed by a lot of hard work) for their rapid growth.  The company is thrilled to be making their New York City debut with the award winning A Simple Space playing at The New Victory Theater. I had a delightful discussion with cast members Jake Randell, Elliot Zoerner and Ashleigh Pearce ...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through and about circus. She is an Associate Editor for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, a member of the American Circus Alliance's EDI committee, and the Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE, an international arts game. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater are infiltrated into her coaching and creation style. She is passionate about providing her students holistic circus education that includes physical, historical, theoretical resources. Madeline initiated the Aerial Acrobatics program at her alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where she taught from 2012-2017. She is also a regular contributor to Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers international reading group. Her circus research has been supported by Pace, NYU, and Concordia University. Recent publications include "Teaching the Mind-Body: Integrating Knowledges through Circus Arts'' (with Alisan Funk, Dan Berkley), a chapter in Art as an Agent for Social Change, "expanding in(finite) between," a multimedia essay in Circus Thinkers: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and it’s Others (UC Davis), the Popular Culture Association, Gallatin (NYU), and McGill University. Madeline earned an MA from Gallatin, New York University’s School of Independent Study, where she designed a Circus Studies curriculum with a focus on spectatorship.