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Programming Contemporary Circus Preserves the Ludique in Life

Ruth Juliet Wikler is a name to know. Earlier this month, she was officially announced the Deputy Director of Programming, Circus Arts, for the Tohu theater in Montréal. Prior to this appointment, Wikler had been consulting for the venue with a focus on July’s MICC circus market. Wikler is an alumna of Circomedia and founder of Cirque Boom (New York City, 2002). Her career as a creator segued to the founding of the production company Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon. Her history with circus and passion for international arts programming makes her position at Tohu an exciting next step. I had the pleasure of speaking with Wikler just a few days before the official announcement. What stood out to me was her ability to eloquently describe what sits at the core of circus, the reason we love it and why circus is important to humanity.
Madeline Hoak: What do you love about contemporary circus? New Deputy Director of Programing at Tohu, Ruth Wikler Ruth Juliet Wikler: Contemporary circus has the thing that first inspired me, which is ...
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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. madelinehoak.com.