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les 7 doigts de la main

When someone tells you they’re taking you to the circus what do you imagine? Originally developed as a source of entertainment focused on heroic acrobatic skills and equestrian acts in England, the circus has tremendously evolved since its days of being limited to the 13 diameter circle. According to theatre historian George Speaight, the circus was once simply known as “the story of that entertainment of human bodily skills and trained animals.” Although shows with…

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Upcoming at ArtsEmerson: Sequence 8 Did you ever think you’d emotionally identify with an acrobat on stage twisting into a physically impossible position or doing a series of flips in the air that would nauseate a normal human being? No? Yeah, me neither. But the Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main (or the 7 fingers of the hand) took all of my preconceptions about acrobatics as an art form and completely transformed…

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This month marks ArtsEmerson’s first presentation of circus arts with PSY by Les 7 doigts de la main — one of the latest (and one of the saaviest) incarnations of circus troupes. Building on the grand tradition of death-defying acrobatics and theatrical clowning, Les 7 doigts also bring contemporary aesthetics into their work, exploring a theme (phobias and disorders) that explores the human psyche in the modern world and crafting a thrilling show, as much…

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