Feb 20—24, 2019
When Angels Fall
RAPHAËLLE BOITEL / FRANCE
“When Angels Fall is a dystopia, a fiction of anticipation. To speak of the future is, I think, the best way to speak of the present.”
— Raphaëlle Boitel, Journal La Terrasse
Finding hope at the end of the world.
This delightfully dark and entrancing theatrical premiere blends aerial circus, dance and cinema to explore how the beauty of letting go gives us the strength we need to rise. As a mesmerizing contortionist and aerialist herself, French creator and director Raphaëlle Boitel’s storytelling is singular, and her ability to transform space in the air to the ground with large scale illusions – and bodies streaming across the stage – is magical.
Drawing inspiration from such disparate artists as Pina Bausch, David Lynch and her longtime collaborator, James Thierrée, Boitel weaves a riveting tale of flightless angels surviving a global collapse, where the resilience of the human spirit is pitted against the sterile and mechanical. When one survivor refuses to settle into this bleak new universe, a rebellion ensues that threatens to turn a hopeless situation even worse. When Angels Fall is a mesmerizing feat of visual storytelling (no words are uttered on stage), that will summon laughter and awe even during the harsh descent from the heavens.
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116