Conversations With Circus Creators on Contemporary Circus

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Conversations with Creators About Expanding the Nucleus of Contemporary Circus

“This event is about the future.” 
This is how Frank Hentschker, Executive Director and Director of Programs at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center opened a day-long event celebrating the publication of Contemporary Circus, a new book co-authored by Katie Lavers, Louis Patrick Leroux, and Jon Burtt published by Routledge. The authors have compiled interviews with twenty-four contemporary circus artists and organized the answers into categories: Apparatus, Politics, Performers and New Works. Its aim is to bridge the divide between practice and the...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction. She is an adjunct professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, on staff at Aerial Arts NYC and The Muse Brooklyn and initiated the Aerial program at Muhlenberg College where she taught from 2011 - 2017. Her movement direction contributed to Circle Theater NYC’s production of The Mountain winning Outstanding Original Choreography/Movement, 2015. She co-choreographed The Battles, a musical voted by Broadway producer Ken Davenport one of the top 10 new scripts of 2016. Madeline's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Circus Warehouse, BAX, The House of Yes, Abron Arts Center, Times Square, The Flea, STREB, Galapagos, and The Muse. She received BAs in Dance and Theater from Muhlenberg College and is currently studying at NYU’s Gallatin school of Individualized Study where she is designing a master’s degree in circus studies with a focus on dramaturgy and creative processes.