ArtsEmerson is excited to welcome back Boston favorites and iconic circus troupe, The 7 Fingers. In the past, the circus troupe has wowed the Boston community with performances that incorporate exhilarating acrobatic feats and stunts, along with emotional intimate acting. Co-artistic director David Dower explains why this innovative group is always welcome at ArtsEmerson, “The thing that is so deeply satisfying about 7 Fingers, for me, besides the fact that they are a blast to work with, is the way the company embodies the vision and values of ArtsEmerson. They are the world on stage. Each cast is drawn from different parts of the world. And they bring their cultural differences right onto the stage with them. Then, in those differences they forge an ensemble. It’s a powerful message for us in these fractious times.”
Recent appearances on the ArtsEmerson stage include showcases of their signature work, Traces, which the New York Times proclaimed as “Mad, Pulse-raising magic.” Traces combined traditional acrobatic forms and street elements, mixing all of these variations with theatre and contemporary dance. The poetic and thoughtful nature of the show earned it multiple awards and a “Top Ten Everything of 2011″ rating from Time Magazine.
“A fix of pure urban adrenaline”
“Mad, pulse-raising magic” – New York Times
“One of the most innovative and exciting troupes around”
“Jaw-dropping” – Boston Globe
In Sequence 8, audiences witnessed incredible artistry, and awe-inspiring beauty as the troupe put on, as The Boston Globe reported, “A Hell of a show.” The cast explored the courage and limitations of the human form through difficult tricks, graceful stunts and breathtaking antics. But what started this relationship between ArtsEmerson and The 7 Fingers was PSY—a breath taking performance that included explosive stunts and tricks, that was deemed to raise “the bar on what cirque nouveau can do – not just physically but emotionally” (The Boston Herald). PSY celebrated the beauty and power of our individual feelings and thoughts through the joy and excitement of the circus.
“The 7 Fingers troupe of Montreal is redefining the meaning of circus.” – Fox News, USA
“7 Doigts de la Main” has done a remarkable job of creating a circus with a twist: one that dazzles with both its technical expertise and its ability to access broader human emotion. – Harvard Crimson
This season, 7 Fingers brings us the American premiere of Cuisine & Confessions, a show that is guaranteed to give audience members a theatrical feast. Rosita Boisseau of Paris’ Le Monde describes Cuisine & Confessions as “An infallible circus-dance-theatre-rock recipe that brings us right back to our hearts while warming our stomachs!” Explore the magic of the circus and this magnificent performance of storytelling through food accompanied with exciting choreography and pulsating music. Bring an open mind and an empty stomach, or as the show’s tagline says, Come for the banana bread, stay for the circus.
- Cuisine & Confessions runs through August 7th at the Emerson / Cutler Majestic Theatre. Tickets on sale now. 617.824.8400