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Motherhood & Circus: A Conversation with Anke van Engelshoven of still hungry

One theme that I’ve been exploring in this series has been the difference, or balance between celebration and redress, filling a historical hole due to underrepresentation. At this moment in history, they are integrally intertwined: it seems any show by women about women will be both. Both are necessary, and therefore celebration and redress can only be theoretically separated. still hungry’s show Raven adds a third layer to the mix: redefining, reclaiming, or just calling out a harmful cultural phrase.Rabenmaderis a German phrase, “It’s raven mother translated, and this is a bad, bad saying. It’s used to condemn a mother, meaning she doesn’t take care enough about her kids,” Anke van Engelshoven explained to me, “she leaves them alone, she goes back to work very quickly. So it’s really like a neglectful mother.” I delicately wondered, “Is there an equivalent of this word for fatherhood?” “No,” Anke briskly replied. (Had I not asked rhetorically, the way she shook her head and laughed would have signaled a bit of pity for my naiveté. Instead, we had a good chuckle together.) It was worth asking — just in case. 
Anke Van Engelshoven Rabenmutter is an old phrase that has lingered into present-day German culture, but Anke explained that its current use is “specifically a...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through, and about circus. She is a Writer for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts and American Circus History at Pace University, Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE: an international arts game, and curator and director of Cirkus Moxie, a weekly contemporary circus show at Brooklyn Art Haus. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater is 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 Thinks: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and its Others (UC Davis), International Federation for Theatre Research (University of Reykjavík), 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.