Coming Up at the Kasser: Raphaelle Boitel’s ‘The Forgotten/ L’Oublie’

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Published September 30, 2016
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‘The Forgotten/L’Oublie’ will open on Sept. 29 at the Alexander Kasser Theater.
‘The Forgotten/L’Oublie’ will open on Sept. 29 at the Alexander Kasser Theater.

‘The Forgotten/L’Oublie’ will open on Sept. 29 at the Alexander Kasser Theater.
Photo courtesy of Kasser Theater

Raphaelle Boitel’s “The Forgotten/L’Oublie” will be performed at the Alexander Kasser Theater on campus Sept. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Boitel’s directorial debut and extraordinary vision will take the stage for a limited time only.

Boitel, 32, is no stranger to the circus arts. She began her passion for the circus life while growing up in the southwest of France, where she attended the circus with her mother and older brother Camille. Camille eventually became a juggler while Raphaelle was a nine-year-old contortionist at the time.

The two siblings then attempted to pay the costly tuition to attend the National Circus School in Paris, however, they were blessed because Annie Fratellini allowed them to join the institution for free. She was one of the greatest French clowns of all time that descended from the great Fratellini dynasty. Little did young Raphaelle Boitel know they would tour across the globe together.

“The Forgotten/L’Oublie” is the first show this contortionist/director created on her own. She explained, “I drew on my own family’s stories, but not in a literal way. The world of the show is a kind of dream world, so it can feel very intimate and also very universal. It expresses something everyone can relate to. It’s really about being human.”

This story is about a woman’s conquest for the man she loves. Sorting through her memories in a haunting way, “The Forgotten” takes you to a dream-like and surreal universe. You can see this woman’s tale of self-discovery and loss for one hour.

Although you will not see clowns and elephants as you would in a “normal” circus, you can still expect to see breath-taking stunts to the original composition from Arthur Bison. Tickets are available on peakperfs.tix.com for $20 each, but are free to Montclair State students with a valid student I.D.

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