Eye-Popping Acrobatics

Les 7 Doigts de la Main return to Proctors with Cuisine & Confessions

Les 7 Doigts de la Main Cuisine and Confessions
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29
Proctors
432 State Street, Schenectady
518-346-6204  proctors.org
$20–$50

Les 7 Doigts de la Main returns to Proctors with Cuisine and Confessions, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. It’s storytelling through food: the sweet taste of childhood, of a summer breeze through a screen door or the hot-chocolate-dampened lips of a first kiss.

Life happens in the kitchen: late night confessionals over tisane and a pot of Nutella; elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged—by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying The 7 Fingers’ usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses: the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano, leading us through a span of times and countries, all the while a kitchen is our common meeting point.

All individuals are composed of ingredients, a unique recipe of blood memories. Cuisine & Confessions weaves the performers’ first person memories about the comestibles that are a part of their lives, with The 7 Fingers’ dazzling circus skills. And at the close, the audience leaves the theatre nibbling the banana bread that has been cooking all evening.

It is all “a thrilling circus show” said the Boston Globe. ‘‘Cuisine & Confessions ranks among the troupe’s most spellbinding productions yet. Thrilling and dreamlike by turns, it’s a marvelous feast … a captivating meal being whipped up … a banquet for the senses offered by nine performers from the Montreal-based circus troupe who explore our relationship to food in ingeniously expressive ways: acrobatic, aerial, choreographic, and, sometimes culinary.”

Since forming in Montreal in 2002, as an off-shoot of Cirque du Soleil, The 7 Fingers has toured over 300 cities in over 40 countries. A circus company built on a human scale, they have produced a dozen shows with over 8200 performances to date, including the musical Pippin on Broadway, and the long-running hits Traces and the off-Broadway cabaret, Queen of the Night. Founder Shana Carroll is also the creator of the acrobatics for Cirque du Soleil’s brand new Broadway production, Paramour.

The New York Times proclaims them “the rebel circus” and says, “7 Doigts’ combining circus acts with emotion and intimacy to win over the audience is a tenet of the new circus movement that started in the counter-cultural departure from the stunt for stunt’s sake philosophy of traditional three ring circuses.”

Cuisine & Confessions at Proctors is part of the FAM FUNDS Family Series.