Mar 30—Apr 02, 2023

Shadows Cast

Raphaëlle Boitel / France

“Exquisitely designed and surprisingly moving.
Ms. Boitel finds the power to break our hearts.”

— The New York Times (on When Angels Fall)

Everything left unsaid casts a shadow.

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 first noticed her in 2008, calling her performance “truly ravishing.” When she premiered her show When Angels Fall in Boston in 2019, it became a word-of-mouth sensation, with audiences spellbound and jaws dropped as her surreal, beautiful world darkly bloomed on stage. Now Boitel returns with a brand new vision, exploring the human psyche with Shadows Cast.

Family represents the ultimate cocoon where we seek protection from a very young age. But what if this cocoon is also where we find trauma? What goes unsaid? These secrets and unspoken truths become like ghosts hiding in the shadows of ourselves and our families. A potent mix of dance, circus and cinema, Shadows Cast is a journey into one’s most intimate thoughts, highlighting the perilous dangers of lying to ourselves and others. Drawing inspiration from cinematic visionaries like David Lynch, Fritz Lang, and Alfred Hitchcock, this triumphant return to Boston from director/performer Raphaëlle Boitel promises to find light in the shadows and the truths in the unspoken, all while delivering a visual feast for the eyes.


“Exquisitely designed and surprisingly moving
Ms. Boitel finds the power to break our hearts.”

— The New York Times (on When Angels Fall)



Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111


Mar 30, 2023 - Apr 02, 2023

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Thursday, Mar 30, 2023

7:30 PM


Friday, Mar 31, 2023

8:00 PM


Saturday, Apr 01, 2023

2:00 PM


Saturday, Apr 01, 2023

8:00 PM


Sunday, Apr 02, 2023

2:00 PM