“A hybrid of contemporary dance, circus arts, acrobatics, theatre and projections. The show mixes disciplines with fluidity, brilliantly staged by Shana Carroll. With poetry and nostalgia, it’s human beings, in all their diversity, their contradictions and their excesses, that remain at the heart of this show.”
Journal de Montreal
The Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers) is known for creating "circus at a human scale," placing the extraordinary element of circus in ordinary contexts, putting into focus identifiable characters with dramatic arcs leading to their moments of physical exploits. They will return to the USA in 2021 with their newest production, PASSENGERS.
Departure vs. transit vs. arrival. Chance vs. choice vs. destiny. Stillness vs. acceleration. Reflection vs. transparency. Familiar vs. foreign. Private vs. public. Confinement vs. border-crossing. Bright headlights vs. tunnel-darkness. Past vs. future…
Our fascination with trains is both a nostalgic one...
“An allegory on life.”
“Shuffled about through railcars and train stations — anonymous and timeless spaces — a group of acrobats cast off, dreaming and searching for places and, just as much, for themselves. Passagers marries images, music and acrobatic performances in an evocative and inspiring whirlwind.”
“A show that brings people together, a show for the whole family. Ingenious staging and spectacular acts. Touching and extremely expressive artists.”
“A magnificent show. The hour-and-a-half-long show is rich, varied, funny, tender, moving, joyful, thought provoking and brilliantly executed. Passagers is a multidisciplinary, multisensory show.”
“The show is gorgeous. The company is incredibly appealing, each of them, and their range of skills is astonishing. But that's sort of where the Fingers' set the bar generally. This one has a level of integration of design, emotional arc, and flow of show that is special, and night after night it is leaving people teary-eyed, even as they are yelling and clapping and stomping. There's an ache at its center that lifts it to another plane.
If you've not worked with them yet, this is a great introduction to the company. And if you've developed an audience for them already, this one is one to build on. If you give it enough time in your program, the word of mouth is explosive.”