People of Color in Circus: Culture, Identity, Representation

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People of Color in Contemporary Circus: Culture, Identity and Representation

On November 6, 2019, Gibney Dance, a prominent dance institution in New York City, hosted a Long Table discussion entitled People of Color in Contemporary Circus. This is the second of three articles which aims to, in the spirit of the Long Table Discussion, be an avenue through which the conversation can continue. And most importantly, give space for the voices of people of color in contemporary circus. 
The conversation was hosted by Monique Martin, Director of Programming at Harlem Stage, and included core participants Kiebpoli “Black*Acrobat” Calnek, burlesque performer Denae “Ravenessa” Hannah, Paris the Hip Hop Juggler, and Susan Voyticky, Artistic Director of Loki Circus Theater. Much more was said than what this series of articles can summarize; highlights from the conversation have been extracted here. The discussion started with stories about street performance and the black body in...
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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.