Raphaëlle Boitel Describes Fierce 5: It Wakes Up Something

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Raphaëlle Boitel Describes Fierce 5: It Wakes Up Something

Sometime in early April, I went through my Google calendar deleting, well, everything. I found myself thinking that it was the opposite of a Marie Kondo purge. I was discarding everything that sparked joy for me: rehearsals, teaching, outings with friends, shows I was meant to see. One of those shows was Fierce 5 by Raphaëlle Boitel, choreographer and director of L’Oublié(e). Raphaëlle and I spoke back in February about the show, her company and what she believes contemporary circus brings to audiences.
Raphaëlle Boitel: My story — there is many things about it — it would be a bit long to tell you everything… I trained at the Fratellini school in Paris. Annie Fratellini was the first female clown; she’s an important woman, and she did a lot for me. She invited me to come to Paris and to go to the circus school. This is a long story, a bohemian story. With all my family, we came to Paris in a truck. My mother just left everything in the south of France, and we went to the capital. We came for circus with no money, with nothing, just passion. My mother always taught me that everything is possible, but you have to work for it. All my life is around this kind of proverb… I worked with James Thierrée, the grandson of Charlie Chaplin, when I was very young, 13 years old.  This is a long story, a bohemian story. With all my family, we came to Paris in a truck. ...
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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.