Presented in association with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Live Arts Festival
Circus Arts / 90 minutes
“The thrill comes from the vulnerability the audience shares with the performers.”
“A gorgeously pure, loose, and personal circus.”
Festival Honorary Producers
Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon
Tickets for Traces are sold ONLY through the Kimmel Center box office by CLICKING HERE, calling 215-893-1999, or in person at the Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Traces is high-energy urban acrobatics—poetic and explosive, humorous and thoughtful—from 7 Fingers, a Montreal-based circus arts company founded with the goal to present circus on a human scale. Circus feats—including traditional Chinese acrobatics, tumbling through hoops, leaping between giant poles—combine with skateboarding and parkour, and mix with theater, music, and contemporary dance. Traces celebrates the individuals on stage, their bond and talents; their risk-taking; and their unbridled energy.
For seven performers, catastrophe waits outside the doors of tarp and gaffer tape of a makeshift shelter. Inside, they live to the fullest what they believe are their last moments, deciding to leave nothing unsaid or undone. The only antidote to destruction is their brand of creation—stories told through music, song, dance, speech, illustration, and high-risk acrobatics. The familiarity grows, and the acrobatics—a seemingly inhuman element—takes on a startlingly human nature. The acrobatics become ever more physically daring, the perfumers' stories become more personal, and the audience finds itself intensely bound to the fate of those on stage.
In short: circus up close, parkour, mulit-disciplinary, real folks flying, no fear, no net.
“Beautifully choreographed and hugely impressive.”
Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers) is a twist on a French idiom—“the five fingers of the hand”—describing distinct parts moving in coordination towards one common goal. The company’s seven founding directors combine their distinct talents and experiences to work towards their common artistic goals—with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a seven-fingered hand. Other shows include Loft, La Vie, and Psy.
Direction and Choreography Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider Acrobatic Designer Sébastien Soldevila Performers** Mason Ames, Valérie Benoît-Charbonneau, Mathieu Cloutier, Bradley Henderson, Philippe Normand-Jenny, Xia Zhengqi, Florian Zumkehr
* Following the 8pm performance on Sept 17, there will be a post-show Q&A with the artists from Traces and instructors from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts moderated by PSCA Managing Director. PSCA is a Philly Fringe collaborator, presenting "The Green Fairy Cabaret."
**Performers are subject to change.
Appropriate for all ages.