New York City Center brings some the most original and creative works in the performing arts to the metropolis. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and critically acclaimed and popular programs.
A new production defies gravity, inspires the spirit and takes performance art up a digit or two with “Sequence 8”: 7 Doigts de la Main.
From pirouettes to acrobatics, jaw-dropping juggling to hip-hop, and modern dance, Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers) performance troupe practically shakes the rafters with their latest creation, “Sequence 8” at New York City Center.
This breathtaking production is cast with performers that would make P.T. Barnum salivate in wait just to exploit them. I dislike the word circus, so I will simply call them a very talented group of performers. They are not a three-ring fiasco with stale popcorn, drunken buffoons and elephant droppings. It’s a family-friendly and adult enjoyable tour de force. That’s Canadian for a successful performance.
Is there a consistent story throughout? No. The creative team plays it safe with a narrative and base humor in a Disney-esque sort of way while the performers do the yeoman’s and yeowomen’s work with their bodies of steel along with sundry props and tricks: a see-saw, aerial hoop, cigar-box juggling, flips, bells and whistles, Chinese pole and Russian bar.
Once again, I loathe the word circus. It obviously means something completely different in Canada where this performance troupe hails from.
I often gush over people who have outrageous talent and exist in a spotlight for a living because I respect the time, effort and skill they put into developing their craft/gift. It would be unfair to single out a few performers in this case because they are all outstanding: Eric Bates, Ugo Dario, Colin Davis, Devin Henderson, Maxim Laurin, Camille Legris, Tristan Nielsen and Alexandra Royer.
Bravo! That’s the Canadian word for bravo. Insert emoji of something fabulous.
Rush, jump and fly for tickets before this talented troupe leaves the city.
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