Upcoming events, performances and publications for 2018!



AUGUST 17 & 18




July & August :: Refine & Define: act creation workshop

Madeline Hoak and Kiebpoli Calnek are at it again... They're hosting a month long act creation workshop culminating in performances this summer in NYC! 

WANTED: 16 acts in need of time and space.

* Are you an actor, dancer, stand-up comedian, circus (ground & aerial), performance artist, singer, physicalist, ??? * Want to make something new? Want to dust off something old? * We hear you. And we've made space for you to do it. 

REFINE & DEFINE: Act Creation Workshop is a month long intensive creation/revision period hosted by Kiebpoli Calnek and Madeline Hoak culminating in a performance, LEMON DROP!

Kiebpoli and Madeline are accomplished directors and choreographers with decades of experience working with dancers, actors and circus performers. This workshop will hone in on pushing your performance quality to the next level.  :: kiebpoli.com :: madelinehoak.com

What you bring: You. An idea. A seed. A spark. Some experience in your chosen genre.

What we do: Kiebpoli and Madeline will help you shape your work. As an outside eye, we will guide you toward a deeper character, tender musicality and clearer performative intention.

What you get:
From July 22nd - August 16th
* 8 hours of small group sessions
* 4 hours of split private sessions
* 1 one-hour private session

Rehearsals held at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City, Queens
Sundays 5-9pm
Mondays 6-10pm
Thursdays 6-10pm
*you will attend one 2 hour rehearsal one day a week and one 1 hour rehearsal a second day per week
* private lessons will be scheduled at mutually convenient times

What it costs:
SUPER early bird :: Register before June 15 :: $599
EARLY bird :: Register June 15 - 30 :: $625
REGULAR bird :: Register July 1 - 15 :: $650
LAST-MINUTE bird :: After July 16 :: $699

**Reduced rate for acts with more than one person! Please email lemondropshow@gmail.com for details***

Included in the Workshop Price:
Share your month of hard work with performances on August 17, 2018.

Madeline and Kiebpoli pride themselves on providing participants with excellent photo and video footage of their productions. 

To start the conversation, email us:

- Now is the time -  
Seize the stage!
Make what you want. There are no rules. There are no limits. 
Refine and define yourself.


January :: Follow with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

Thursday, January 25 @ Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company premieres Follow, a tightly-structured improvisation that finds all the dancers together in the space for the first time on the performance day. The process consists of each dancer separately learning a choreographic structure from a rigorously detailed written score. The stellar cast features Derek Crescenti, Daniel Gwirtzman, Madeline Hoak, Vanessa Martinez de Baños, and Simon Phillips. The musical composition is an original one by longtime collaborator Jeff Story. The cast will hear this score for the first time a few hours before the performance. Complex spatial patterns and pathways demand the dancers navigate themselves carefully and fully. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event!


February :: Two Birds, One Silk: an aerial partnering workshop

Sunday, February 25 @ Air Craft Aerial Arts, Somerville, MA

In Two Birds, One Silk students will learn the fundamentals of partnering on aerial fabric. The two hour workshop will begin with a partner based warm up, continue withtechniques in the air and conclude with a partner based cool down. Students will take away: duo climbs, creative transitions, stunning poses, dynamic moments, and safe ways to continue exploring and training together. No partner is necessary to register, but participants must be able to climb, invert in the air and put on foot locks. Come fly with a friend - two birds are better than one! Register here.

April :: Dance Out Loud presented by Pace U.'s Commercial Dance Department

Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29 @ The Schimmel Center, NYC

Need a little opera? Need a little aerial? You got both at this year's Dance Out Loud!  A brand new work by Madeline Hoak brings ethereal imagery to the Schimmel Center stage. Don't miss it's debut!


April :: We'll Git It!, a duet with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

Saturday, April 28 @ 8pm & Sunday, April 29th @ 4pm @ Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance

The New York Jazz Choreography Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring original works by emerging and established choreographers. Audiences of all ages with be treated to dances in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary, and the chance to see the richness of this great American art form.



June 2018 :: The Risk of Circus Studies, an article for CircusTalk by Madeline Hoak

CircusTalk.com is helping honor Circus250, the international 250th birthday party of modern circus with a series of circus history articles. I'm honored to be included in the celebration as the author of their June installment! My article will speak to the presence/absence of circus history in American higher education. I teach the physical practice of circus, but I always incorporate circus history lessons into my curriculum. The students are fascinated by the history and dismayed at why they don't learn about circus alongside their other performing arts history courses. Observing the institutions I currently teach at and in reflecting on my own undergraduate education in dance and theater, there is a complete absence of circus academia. Watching my students' reactions has fortified my belief that there is a hole to be filled in collegiate programming. A important piece of America's performing arts history seems to be missing. I hope to uncover how and where circus history is being taught and interview those that teach it. The article will also address the question, is circus history necessary for a performer receiving a degree in a different discipline? How do the American circus schools with professional training tracks incorporate circus history in comparison to international institutions that grant degrees in circus arts?

More info about where and when to see the article coming soon...

July :: Montreal Circus Festival and seminar at Concordia University

I am honored to have been accepted to Understanding research methods in the performing arts through contemporary circus and physical theatre, an intensive graduate summer seminar at Concordia University. Led by Louis Patrick Leroux and part of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research, days will be spent learning about creation methods of circus and physical theater and nights spent attending events at the renowned Montreal Circus Festival

Blog articles and other publications will be shared after the course...

August :: Summertime with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

This classic DGDC repertory will be performed exactly where it belongs: under the summer sun at Battery Park! This feel good number will absolutely leave you smiling with all the warmth and joy of a summer day. 

More info coming soon...