Raphaëlle Boitel began her career as a young girl when she and her family ran away to join the circus. Noticed by Annie Fratellini, she joined the National School of Circus Arts Fratellini in 1992. A mesmerizing contortionist and aerialist, Ben Brantley of the New York Times called her “truly ravishing.” After working alongside James Thierrée in La Symphonie du Hanneton and La Veillée des Abysses and having distinguished herself in fields other than the circus (theater, cinema, television film, cabaret), Boitel founded her own company in 2012.
Her storytelling is singular, her ability to transform space in the air to the ground with large scale illusions and bodies streaming across the stage is magical. Boitel has constantly navigated between these two fields of artistic creation, circus arts and opera, writing and staging her own shows: L’Oublié(e) in 2014, 5es Hurlants in 2015, La Bête Noire in 2017, When Angels Fall in 2018; and choreographing two other operas: La Belle Hélène, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and Pierrick Sorin at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2015, and Alcione, directed by Louise Moaty in 2017 at the Opéra Comique. She is working on a project in collaboration with the Opéra National de Bordeaux at its home, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. A new performance for young audiences, Un Contre Un, will debut in France in January 2020, and in May 2020, Alcione will be performed at Barcelona’s Liceu.
Ms. Boitel finds the power to break our hearts." - Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times