7 friends tumble their way into a makeshift shelter, an impending catastrophe outside their canvas walls. They use this safe haven to leave their ‘traces’ -- on the audience, on humanity, on each other – with every means at their disposal: explosive acrobatics, music, dance, spoken-word, song, illustration. Traces blends circus skills with ‘street’ skills and aesthetic, posing the question: If the clock was ticking, how would you leave your trace?
Source: Les 7 doigts de la main
More information: 7fingers.com
As co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, Shana Carroll directed and/or co-directed Passagers, Cuisine & Confessions, Séquence 8, Traces, Psy, Loft, La Vie, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, and FeriAmuse. Through 7 Fingers collaborations and special projets, she created the show within the Queen of the Night experience at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York City and co-designed the first segment of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Shana has also frequently collaborated with Cirque du Soleil, most recently as co-director of their first show on ice Crystal, and previously as acrobatic designer and choreographer of Paramour (Broadway) and Iris (Los Angeles), and as director-choreographer of their performance at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Shana is well known for her acrobatic and circus choreography. She choreographed four gold medal-winning numbers at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Shana has received Best Choreography nominations at the Drama Desk Awards (Traces) and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (Circumstance).
She is currently directing and choreographing Duel Reality, an immersive circus show based on Romeo and Juliet for Richard Branson’s new Virgin Voyages Cruiseline.
Originally from Berkeley, California, Shana began her career as a trapeze artist with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and went on to a 20-year career in the air with Cirque du Soleil and many others before founding The 7 Fingers.
Source: 7 fingers
More information: https://7fingers.com
Co founding and artistic director of The 7 Fingers Gypsy Snider wrote, directed SisterS, Réversible, Intersection, Amuse, Un Dia, Traces, and Loft.
She has choreographed televised feature performances for America’s Got Talent, Her Majesty’s Royal Variety Performance, the illusionist Darcy Oake’s Edge of Reality, and several large scale fashion shows for Bench in the Philippines.
In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, she choreographed and wove circus into the revival of the Broadway musical. Gypsy’s work on Pippin earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.
Gypsy began her circus career at the age of 4 when her parents founded The Pickle Family Circus. She grew up touring the West Coast with the company. In 2002, while in her home town of San Francisco she wrote and directed for The New Pickle Circus a show entitled Circumstance.
Gypsy wrote and directed Ships in the Night, a gender blending contemporary musical dance revue for Richard Branson’s new Virgin Voyages cruise line. 2020 televised EUFA Draft featured an 8 minute piece created and choreographed by Gypsy dedicated to the 12 participating cities of the season of European Football.
Gypsy is also a guest teacher and guest director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City presented by Diane Paulus. She was invited to speak at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC in 2017 on the evolution of Circus Arts in the United States.
Source: Les 7 doigts de la main
More information: 7fingers.com
Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).
During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.
From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.
Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.
Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website
More information: fabione.fr
Les 7 doigts de la main
Collective members: Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila et Samuel Tétreault
The name of the company is a play on words that illustrates the unity of its members: Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault founded Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 fingers of the hand) where they combine their distinct talents and experiences and work towards common artistic goals.
When first formed in 2002, each of the founding members had nearly 15 years of performance experience under their belts. Drawing from their decades on the world’s most prestigious stages and circus rings, these friends and colleagues now shared a desire to break the mould, to offer a brand new form of circus performance: a sort of “circus at human scale”, seeped in intimacy and familiarity, that brought the empowerment of the extraordinary through the proximity of the ordinary, with very real human beings who breathed and danced and spoke from the heart.
From this, the urge to redefine the circus medium has continued to drive each of their creations to newer, more hybrid and collaborative territories. Perpetually blurring the lines between contemporary dance and acrobatics, between theatre and athleticism, between interactive multi-media and immersive experience, they strive towards the undefinable, uncategorizable, visceral, breathtaking and touchingly human.
Source: Les 7 doigts de la main 's website
More information : 7doigts.com
Artistic direction / Conception : Les 7 doigts de la main
Choreography : Shana Carroll, Gypsy Snider
Interpretation : Mason Ames, Mathieu Cloutier, Valérie Benoît-Charbonneau, Bradley Henderson, Philippe Normand-Jenny, Xia Zhengqi, Florian Zumkehr, Jérôme Le Baut, Isabelle Chassé, Samuel Tétreault, Yann Fily-Paré, Ethan Law, Krin Haglund
Stage direction : Shana Carroll, Gypsy Snider
Live music : Sophie Houle (piano)
Lights : Nol van Genuchten, Olivier Rosa
Costumes : Manon Desmarais
Settings : Flavia Hevias, Les 7 doigts de la main
Technical direction : Luc Paradis, Eric Gingras, Olivier Rosa
Sound : Sébastien Marion
Other collaborations : Bruno Tassé (accessoires)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Les 7 doigts de la main, Centre National des Arts de Ottawa
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Fabien Plasson, 2012
This Parcours questions the idea that contemporary dance has multiples techniques. Different shows car reveal or give an idea about the different modes of contemporary dancer’s formations.
A Rite of Passage
Käfig, portrait of a company
New breath : 21st century youth enters the world of dance
The national choreographic centres
(LA)HORDE: RESIST TOGETHER
When reality breaks in
Dance in Quebec: Untamed Bodies
First part of the Parcours about dance in Quebec, these extracts present how bodies are being used in a very physical way.
[1970-2018] Neoclassical developments: They spread worldwide, as well as having multiple repertoires and dialogues with contemporary dance.
The “Nouvelle Danse Française” of the 1980s
In France, at the beginning of the 1980s, a generation of young people took possession of the dancing body to sketch out their unique take on the world.
States of the body
Explanation of the term « State of the body » when it’s about dance.
Contemporary Italian Dance : the 2000s
Panorama of contemporary dance practices in Italy during the 2000s.
Arts of motion
Generally associated with circus arts, here is a Journey that will take you on a stroll through different artists from this world.
Ballet pushed to the edge
Ballet’s evolution from its romantic form until néo-classicism.
Genres and styles
Dance is a rather vast term, which covers a myriad of specificities. These depend on the culture of a country, on a period, on a place. This Journey proposes a visit through dance genres and styles.