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LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN

Programme:
PSY
Premiere in Mexico

Viernes 25, Teatro Degollado, 20:30 h, Admisión: $120 - $250
Sábado 26,
Teatro Degollado, 20:30 h, Admisión: $120 - $250
Domingo 27,
Teatro Degollado, 18:00 h, Admisión: $120 - $250

SOLD OUT

In Spanish

“The 7 Fingers”
ARTISTIC DIRECTION
Les 7 doigts de la main
Shana Carroll, Isabelle Chassé, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila
and Samuel Tétreault
Staging and choreography: Les 7 doigts de la main

Directed by: Shana Carroll

ON STAGE
Guillaume Biron
Mohamed Bouseta
Jean-Philippe Cuerrier
André Farstad
Danica Gagnon Plamondon
Catherine Girard
Naël Jammal
Olga Kosova
Florent Lestage
Tom Proneur
Julien Silliau

 

The Company

Les 7 doigts de la main translates literally as "the 7 fingers of the hand". It is a twist on a French idiom ("the five fingers of the hand") used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal. Here it refers to the 7 founding directors of the company (Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila et Samuel Tétreault) who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.

 

 

Founded in Montréal in 2002, the 7 Fingers initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. They began as artists on stage, creating collectively, and soon branched out, expanding their creative talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches, passing on their collaborative and unique 7 Fingers process to a new generation of circus artists.

Out of this emerged 6 shows, LOFT, TRACES, LA VIE, PSY, FIBONACCI PROJECT, and PATINOIRE. A relaxed and funky artist’s loft, a bunker, purgatory, or a psychiatrist’s office, an international collaboration of cultures or a solo clown show, each show offers a distinct setting and yet carries the same 7 finger-print.

In addition the 7 Fingers have developed a special events department through which they have delivered a diverse range of projects, including participation in The Royal Variety Performance for the Queen of England, ceremonies of both the Turin and Vancouver Olympics, large corporate events for companies such as Caterpillar and BMW, directing the National Circus School end-of-year show 2 years in a row, and much more. Each project is custom-made, approached with the same hands-on creativity.

Performance-art derivatives of Cirque du Soleil have become a staple of New York's downtown theater scene, but the Montréal-based troupe 7 Fingers has created something special. It's not just their amazing leaps, tumbles, balancing acts and stunts with bars, seesaws and skateboards. It's the streetwise intimacy of their presentation (the youthful acrobats, dressed in ordinary street clothes, even give us snippets of autobiography) and the way it pulls us in with the sense of danger: an acrobat plunging to the ground head first, only to be caught by others a foot from the floor; a series of leaps through a steadily growing line of rings, the occasional miss raising the tension even higher. At Cirque you sit in awe. Here you're on the edge of your seat.

Richard Zoglin
TIME Magazine, Diciembre 2011

Programme:
PSY
Premiere in México

PSY merges acrobatics of the body with acrobatics of the mind and soul.

For their fourth creation, Les 7 Doigts de la Main delves into the rich and surreal underworld of the human psyche. PSY travels through a shifting landscape of distorted visions, fading dreams and fractured memories.

Insomnia, addiction, amnesia, paranoia, hypochondria. juggling, Chinese pole, German wheel, aerial rope, teeterboard. By juxtaposing these darker issues with the invigorating and life-affirming language of circus arts, PSY brings out the humour, beauty, and commonality of these various neuroses, all the while celebrating the power of the individual to surmount their ailments and self-imposed restrictions, finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air.

“Demolishes generational barriers by mixing the visual with the intellectual and originality with virtuosity.”
Paris Match

“Les 7 doigts are one step closer to reinventing the wheel.”
The Gazette

“BRILLIANT.”
The Independant

“A special sort of madness – a therapy everyone needs.”
The Stage

“Watching PSY is like having the front-row seat to someone else’s fever dream. Les 7 doigts raises the bar on what cirque nouveau can do – not just physically but emotionally.”
Boston Herald

Artistas

Guillaume Biron

Guillaume grew up in France and discovered the circus at the age of 10. Five years later he enrolled in the École Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault where he majored in hand-to-hand, trampoline and static trapeze. When he was 18 years old he was drawn to the National Circus School in Montréal. There he specialized in Korean board and static trapeze, while also practicing juggling, balancing, acrobatics, dance and theatre arts. His professional career subsequently has taken him to points around the globe: the Olympic Games closing ceremonies in Turin, the Montréal Jazz Festival, and Mexico, France and Norway.

Main role: Michel Michel, who Hears Voices
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, little boy, several park passers-by, guy in bar, drugee, psy
Disciplines: Trapeze fixe, hand-balancing, group juggling

Mohamed Bouseta

Mohamed grew up in a family of eight children in the north of France. Hyperactive by nature, he began to try different sports as a means of channelling this energy. His life took a turn for the better when he met the great Rumanian gymnast Adrian Munteanu, then retired, who had opened a circus school in front of his home. Beyond a teacher he found a true mentor, and the circus quickly became more than a passion. Before joining The 7 Fingers, Mohamed continued his training at Rosny-sous-Bois and the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne.

Main role: Danny the Manic
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, psy, Papa, guy in bar, WWF Wrestler (the Head Shrinker)
Disciplines: Hand to hand, fly mat

André Farstad

André’s first dream was to become a stuntman, and it was this he had in mind when he joined the circus at age 17. Finding the circus was like finding a home, and after working as a performer and stuntman, André realized that his calling was the stage. He entered the circus program at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden, specializing in teeterboard. He has since performed with Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (over 300 shows across North America); Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör; a children’s theatre in Helsinki, Finland; and circus festivals in Germany and Belgium.

Main role: Dexter, with Multiple Personality Disorder
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, little boy, several park passers-by, guy in bar
Disciplines: Teeterboard, hand-balancing, group juggling

Danica Gagnon-Plamondon

At the age of seven Danica began training in artistic gymnastics through which she developed acrobatic agility and a great deal of determination. She then vaulted into the world of the circus by enrolling in the National Circus School in Montréal. There she not only acquired performing experience but forged an artistic persona. Even though versatility is second nature to her, the desire for a specialty number led her to focus on the swinging trapeze. This artist maintains a comprehensive tool kit that includes the arts of juggling, dance and acting.

Main role: Lily the Agoraphobic
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, Maman, several park passers-by, girl in bar, drunk girl, prostitute, psy
Disciplines: Swinging trapeze, group juggling

Nael Jammal

From a very young age, Naël transformed his garden in the south of France into a circus ring and his parent’s bed into a trampoline. At the École Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault, he worked on hand-to-hand, banquine, Russian bar and juggling before specializing in balancing on canes. He then enrolled in the National Circus School in Montréal and was involved in a variety of projects, exchanges and shows. The circus for him is a sort of nexus, a place to mingle and share. With a skill set acquired through practicing parkour, classical dance, hip-hop, capoeira and clowning, Naël has forged a special style which continues to evolve. Before embarking on the adventure of PSY, Naël appeared in several performances of TRACES.

Main role: Jacques the Hypochondriac
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, baby, several park passers-by, drag queen, psy
Disciplines: Principle hand-balancer, group juggling

Olga Kosova

Originally from Kiev, Olga immigrated at the age of six to the United States. After a promising debut in competitive rhythmic gymnastics, she also was a dancer. She trained on the aerial rope and in Chinese acrobatics with Master Lu Yi at the Circus Center in San Francisco, at the same time performing with Trapeze World, Vau de Vire and New Pickle Circus. Olga then went on to the National Circus School in Montréal. While training there she developed theatricality, dance, music and clowning skills, and perfected a new apparatus, the aerial net.

Main role: Suzi, with Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, little girl, several park passers-by, girl in bar, psy, prostitute
Disciplines: Knife manipulation, corde lisse

Florent Lestage

Florent is an artist who uses juggling and other circus techniques to create a timeless universe of heightened senses. In this weight-defying atmosphere, objects take on new life, encouraging the juggler to help them take flight. Florent finds inspiration in silent films, dance, music, visual arts, travel, personal interactions, cultural exchanges, and in his dreams, just as in his disappointments. He began training in circus at the age of 12 at l’Ecole de cirque de Cuers, in his native France. Deciding to dedicate his life to circus, he pursued professional training programs at l’Ecole de Cirque de Lomme and at l’École Balthazar, and then in Canada at the National Circus School in Montréal.

Main role: John? Joe? Jim? the Amnesiac
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, guy in bar, psy
Disciplines: Juggling, solo and group

Tom Proneur- Orsini

Passionate about dance from a very young age, Tom expanded his repertoire at Cirque de Nexon in France where he practiced juggling, trampoline and acrobatics. There he studied towards a degree with a “dance option” in association with the Conservatoire de Danse Contemporaine. At the same time, he pursued regular circus training and coached French trampoline champions before entering the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois. He went on to major in hand-to-hand at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne where he trained for two years. In parallel to his academic career and to help underwrite his studies, Tom was also a dramatic artist with the Entrac’t circus company.

Main role: Smith/ Mr. OCD
Secondary roles: Little boy, several park passers-by, guy in bar, psy
Disciplines: Hand to hand, hand-balancing, group juggling

Jullien Sillau

Julien spent much of his childhood at his mother’s circus school before entering the École de cirque Balthazar in Montpellier then the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois, both in France. During this training he acquired great versatility as both juggler and acrobat, and performed in several events in association with the Acrobacirque circus school, École Nationale de Cirque de France, Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris. He has also performed in Tunisia and Argentina and was part of a circus company of street performers. Upon enrolling in the National Circus School in Montréal he majored in the German wheel, not only making the discipline his own but bringing a new dynamic to it.

Main role: Johnny the Addict
Secondary roles: Pedestrian, older brother, dog, several park passers-by, guy in bar, psy
Disciplines: German wheel, hand-balancing, group juggling.

 

Jean-Philippe Cuerrier

Jean-Philippe was initiated into the circus arts as an 8 year old at the Verdun Circus School in Montreal. Quickly hooked, he practiced juggling and acrobatics for the next ten years and then entered the National Circus School of Montreal. There, he perfected multiple disciplines and took on the aerial cradle. Following graduation, he set off to Switzerland for an eight-month tour with Circus Starlight. He soon joined Cirque Eloize for two creations and adventures: Rain and Nebbia. He regularly returns to the Circus School in Verdun as a teacher, in hopes of passing on the same passion he once discovered.

Main role: George the Paranoiac
Secondary roles: Psy, Pedestrian, clown, several park passers-by, guy in bar
Disciplines: Hand to hand, Chinese pole, group juggling, fly mat

 

Catherine Girard

After several years of gymnastics and an initial degree in dance, Catherine completed her training at the National Circus School of Montreal in 2001. Throughout her career, she’s collaborated with companies such as Circus Starlight (Switzerland), Tout Fou to Fly (France), Cirque Eloize (Canada), Cirque du Soleil, and various cabarets in Germany, before winding up today with the 7 Fingers. Her curiosity and love for the circus arts have led her to develop and perfect many disciplines over the years: aerial cradle, hand to hand, aerial hoop, contortion, trapeze duo, and recently the Chinese pole. An artist with many facets, Catherine also has a strong interest in theater and music.

Main role: Claire the Insomniac
Secondary roles: Pedestrian/love interest, little girl, several park passers-by, girl in bar, drunk girl, psy
Disciplines: Hand to hand, Chinese pole.

 

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