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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 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.