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 A scene from Nutcracker Rouge Nutcracker Rouge should be a must-see ...
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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.