Les 7 doigts de la main
By Jennifer Eberbach AnnArbor.com Freelance Journalist
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 :
At the intersection of extraordinary circus feats and graceful contemporary dance, cirque nouveau acts captivate Ann Arbor audiences.
From Montreal, a Mecca of contemporary circus acts, Les 7 doigts de la main return to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's main stage to perform their newest spectacle. A troupe of 8 will perform acrobatics, balancing acts, juggling, trapeze, contemporary dance, and various other mind-bending feats, at the Power Center, on June 22 and 23., in their show "Sequence 8."
Shana Carroll, "Sequence 8" co-director and a company founder—one of the "7 fingers on the hand"—promised Ann Arbor a "high-level" show. She created the show with her husband Sebastien Soldevila, another of the 7 founding fingers.
"There is an extremely high-level of acrobatics in this show, more so than any of our others. In my opinion, I would say this is our highest-level show. There was so much choreographic energy given to it," Carroll says.
"Sequence 8" includes some circus skills never featured before by the company. Two men holding a Russian bar - like a balance beam - will throw a woman up in the air as she moves across it. They also added Korean plank to their repertoire.
Eric Bates rediscovers the almost-lost art of cigar box juggling. "He is arguably the best cigar box juggler in the world," Carroll says.