ArtsEmerson Presents The New England Premiere Of WHEN ANGELS FALL

ArtsEmerson will host the New England premiere of When Angels Fall, a riveting tale of flightless angels surviving in the wake of a global collapse. 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. Boitel brings her spellbinding visual storytelling (no words are uttered on stage) for five performances only, February 20-24, at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Tickets for When Angels Fall start at just $20 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office. Group, student, and senior discounts are also available.

Blending circus, dance, and cinema, When Angels Fall is a dystopia where the resilience of the human spirit is pitted against the sterile and mechanical. Drawing inspiration from such disparate artists as Pina Bausch, David Lynch and her longtime collaborator, James Thierrée, this delightfully dark and entrancing theatrical premiere explores how the beauty of letting go gives us the strength we need to rise. When Angels Fall will summon laughter and awe during its harsh descent from the heavens.

"I was delighted to discover the work of Raphaëlle Boitel on her last US tour," says Artistic Director David Dower. "There is a freshness of voice and of spirit alive in her that charms and powers the deep, dark, hallucinatory beauty in her work. Boston audiences are well-versed in the elements she's mixing to create her visually stunning and dream-haunting pieces. She's combining aspects of circus, modern dance, and multimedia performance- but her results are entirely new to us. I am excited to introduce a fast-rising female-led company to the city."

When Angels Fall is co-produced by Cie L'Oublié(e) - Raphaëlle Boitel and Peak Performances at Montclair State University (NJ) with US Tour Partners Peak Performances at Montclair State University (NJ), ArtsEmerson, Emerson College (MA) and Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College (PA).

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