Oh, this was wonderful! If 7 Fingers (or Les 7 doigts de la main) comes to your town, don't miss it.
I recognized a few faces: SF's Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, and the grown-up Isabelle Chassé, whom I had last seen when she was in the girls' contortionist quartet in Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco
Karen McKevitt's review in the first post pretty much says everything that I felt about the performance, so please read it. I’ll just add that I loved how they handled the announcement about cell phones, and the late arrivals. I also want to mention a refreshing change from circuses I’ve seen before. There’s usually at least one act with a female performer who is meant to be appreciated for her beauty and sensuality, as well as her impressive strength and agility. The women of 7 Fingers are all presented this way at some point. But this was the first time I’ve seen a male circus performer in this light. The tone of Samuel Tétreault’s hand balancing act is set by a video of him swimming -– and partially disrobing -- underwater, and the balancing act continues that beautiful, weightless, fluid quality. I was not surprised when I read afterward that he has a background in dance.
The SF performances are the last ones listed on the company’s whimsical website (www.les7doigtsdelamain.com
), so keep an eye out for this group.
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