Upcoming events, performances and publications for 2018!

October :: AIRG Symposium, art as an agent for social change

October 12 - 14, 2018 @ McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Madeline will be speaking on a panel at McGill University about how bringing circus history and theory into a circus practice course contextualizes circus in American history, economy, and arts practice, and introduces students to a broader arts framework.


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 speaks 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 is 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?

Click here for the full article.

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...

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

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

Madeline Hoak and Kiebpoli Calnek were at it again! Refine and Define was month long act creation workshop aimed at just that: making space and time for artists of all kinds to refine and define their performance quality. Ten artists participated in weekly sessions to hone in on their characters, dynamics, story telling, musicality and performance quality under the direction of Madeline and Kiebpoli. It was a total success! The workshop culminated with Lemon Drop!, a weekend of performances sharing the participants hard work and new creations. Big thanks to Circus Warehouse for hosting our workshop and SLAM for hosting our performance, Lemon Drop!

 August :: Lemon Drop! produced by Upsidown*Acrobat

Come see Lemon Drop! It's an evening of citrus fresh acts that will squeeze your imagination, pucker up your curiosity, stir in deep desires and sweeten up the sour parts of life. You'll see heartfelt magic, comedic and murderous aerial acts and shapeshifting choreography while enjoying the zing of sparkling cocktails. You'll leave feeling effervescent and might even take home a juicy prize from the Lemon Drop! raffle where 100% of ticket sales support the cast's favorite causes! Drop on by for some lemon-licious delights performed by Cassandra the Songstress of Magic, Susie Armitage, Gillian Barkins, Jenny Cahalane, Kiebpoli Calnek, Madeline Hoak, Linda Huang, Whiskey Jules, Yukyan Lam, Rachel Music, Maggie Neuwald, Ellie Nowak, Fabien Ropraz and Sir Cupcake!

Lemon Drop!
Friday + Saturday - 8pm
August 17 + 18, 2018
$20-$40 sliding scale


Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
51 N. 1st. Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

August :: Summertime with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

This classic DGDC repertory was 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. 

Click here to see the feature article on the cover DOWNTOWN EXPRESS!