Crying Out Loud first worked with Raphaëlle when aged 14, she performed with James Thierrée as a contortionist, dancer and aerialist touring in the UK, USA and Mexico. As a performer we’ve always been drawn to her compelling stage presence and extraordinary fluid body movement. Raphaëlle has a beautiful wild animal quality that flies far beyond the conventional genre of aerial dance and has matured into a burgeoning director with a distinctive visual style and a dramatic spatial sense. Her storytelling and ability to transform space in the air to the ground with large scale illusions and bodies streaming across the stage is magical. Our work to mentor and support Raphaëlle is representative of how we work with our Associate Artists.
We programmed Raphaëlle in an evening of contemporary contortion as part of Circus Front, the forerunner of CircusFest at London’s Roundhouse. In 2012 Raphaëlle was the choreographer for Macbeth at La Scala in Milan and Crying Out Loud introduced her to Daniel Gonçalves and Ana Perez graduates from Circus Space and Eric Mitchell, a contemporary dancer and acrobat all of whom performed in the chorus. Since then Raphaëlle has been working across Europe putting together her own company and creating her first show as a director, The Forgotten/L’Oublié(e). Crying Out Loud has presented The Forgotten/L’Oublié(e) at the Brighton Dome as part of Brighton Festival in May 2015 and at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin in November 2015.