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Aerialist Raphaëlle Boitel on Tour

The new work When Angels Fall by aerialist and contortionist artist Raphaëlle Boitel and her company L'Oubliée will be touring in three cities on the East Coast in February 2019.

From Febrary 9 to February 17, she will return to Peak Performances at Montclair State U. where American audiences were introduced to her boundless talents in 2016 with her luminous directorial debut of The Forgotten

In her new work, When Angels Fall, her agile, athletic performers create a rugged, ethereal dreamscape at the crossroads of circus, dance, theater, and cinema. Everything once organic has been replaced by machines, and humans’ very existence depends on making themselves passive, conformist cogs in a massive engine controlled by the manipulators who watch from above. A heroic figure rises to resist the manipulators bringing fresh hope to the survivors. In Boitel’s world, aerial feats and theatrical invention are the building blocks for a work of fantasy, poetry and hope.

Raphaëlle Boitel began her career as a young girl when she and her family ran away to join the circus. A mesmerizing contortionist and aerialist, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called her “truly ravishing.”

After Montclair, When Angels Fall from February 20 to 24 will be at ArtsEmerson, Emerson College, MA, and then, at Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College (PA) on February 28.


The production and the tour of When Angels Fall by Raphaelle Boitel is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

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