“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 — dreams of another era, another land — and a symbolic one: life happens along this track of sorts, twisting and turning through valleys and plains. We speed through lands all the while staring out the window, at the reflection of our very own eyes superimposed upon the shifting landscape. Tearful goodbyes, anticipatory reunions. Fateful encounters inside the cabin. A community of strangers with one thing in common: we all have somewhere to go. Our reasons for leaving may differ but we are joined in a moment of suspended limbo between two lives, as we say goodbye to one and prepare for another.
INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES:
Santiago, Chile - April 10, 2019
Orleans, France - May 21, 2019
Montpellier, France - June 19, 2019
Saint-Etienne, France - June 27, 2019
Ollioules, France - July 4, 2019
“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 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.”
David Dower, Arts Emerson