The 7 Fingers convinces us to enjoy the ride in Passagers, an incredible show that combines high-flying circus skills with evocative dance, music and storytelling.
We have all been performing a balancing act during the pandemic. Juggling every aspect of life from home and enjoying the illusion of normality whenever possible. Compelled to avoid physical touch but urged to stay in touch. Dancing alone in small spaces. Watching dance on small screens.
Now, what a thrill it is to be united with other people in a familiar and full auditorium; to be collectively transported by theatre.
The production begins with the cast taking intentional, audible breaths. Attuning themselves to each new moment made possible by this rhythmic activity. Preparing to take our breath away. The train is coming and we are off on the journey of a lifetime.
Creative circus company The 7 Fingers will thrill audiences in Milton Keynes with performances of Passagers on 24 and 25 September.
The Canadian collective, which merges acrobatics and physical skills with dance, multimedia, music and storytelling, is the first company to be presented by Dance Consortium since before the pandemic.
Here are seven things you might not know about The 7 Fingers.
Trailblazing arts collective The 7 Fingers will showcase its signature blend of circus and dance at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.
Dance Consortium, which presents the best international contemporary dance to audiences across the UK and Ireland, is proudly welcoming its first touring company since the pandemic began.
The 7 Fingers is based in Canada, the home of the modern circus, and was established by seven founding members in 2002. After performing with some of the world’s most celebrated circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil, they joined forces to redefine the art form.
These multitalented mavericks looked beyond the spectacle of circus to focus on its thrilling essence. They fused the astonishing acrobatics and physical skills with dance, drama, multimedia and music. Unsurprisingly, their inventive approach has won worldwide acclaim.
Happy World Ballet Day 2020!
World Ballet Day 2020 is here to remind us to make the most of any opportunity to celebrate.
This is such a strange year, but “ballet” remains my default setting.
Indulging in the ritual of barre. Sharing knowledge and enjoyment by teaching. Being immersed in the storytelling and emotion of an online performance. No doubt about it: for me, ballet is providing the normality, connection and escapism that 2020 is sorely lacking.
‘Social Disdancing’ is just one of the many unusual expressions that have been added to our everyday vocabulary in recent weeks. Since efforts were intensified to curb the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have become familiar with countries being on lockdown, adhering to social distancing, and complying with requests to self-isolate or quarantine. The reality of a pandemic and the critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) is receiving unparalleled attention during the unprecedented outbreak.
This is new terminology for an unnerving new world.
Life under lockdown is predominantly characterised by the suspension of our normal routines, enforced by government guidance to “stay at home and away from others” (also known as social or physical distancing). It is a time of immense uncertainty for everybody and the repercussions on physical health, mental health, incomes, education, careers – indeed, the socio-economic status of entire countries – are undeniable.
Under normal circumstances, dance is part of who I am. I teach ballet students. I write about dance performances. I take class, thriving in a studio with like-minded individuals and time to dedicate to myself.
Whenever any aspect of my life feels uncertain, dance becomes increasingly important to me.
Under the current abnormal circumstances, schools, studios, gyms, theatres and countless other venues and businesses are closed indefinitely. But dance is still part of who I am. And times are categorically uncertain. So, I’m dancing through this crisis. At home. And I’m not alone because the wonderful world of dance has earnestly embraced social disdancing.