Tassels, Capes and Reindeer Onesies: New Takes on Traditions Ring in the Circus Holiday Season - CircusTalk

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Tassels, Capes and Reindeer Onesies: New Takes on Traditions Ring in the Circus Holiday Season

Ah! New York City in December! A month brimming with expectation and joy while bristling with deadlines and tension. In between the highs and lows, the city erupts with decorations and events that evoke nostalgia and renewal. The repetition of cultural events — parties, decor, and live entertainment — creates a structure through which New Yorkers both ground ourselves and find rejuvenation.
I saw three shows this holiday season that span the spectrum of circus entertainment: Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rouge, Cirque Mechanics‘s 42FT, and Cirque du Soleil‘s ‘Twas the Night Before…. While worlds apart, these three shows inhabit the holiday season’s greatest theme: tradition Nutcracker Rouge: Confections Perfection ...
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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.