7 Fingers autumn circus tour

Published: 10 June 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

The 7 Fingers' Passagers Credit: Climon Parent
The 7 Fingers' Passagers Credit: Climon Parent
The 7 Fingers' Passagers Credit: Alexandre Galliez

Canadian contemporary circus company, The 7 Fingers, last seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and at Sadler's Wells in 2016, will open its UK tour of Passagers at Birmingham Hippodrome on 21 and 22 September.

In Passagers, directed by company co-founder Shana Carroll, a colourful and diverse group of strangers meet onboard a train. Through the course of their journey, they get to know each other, sharing stories and revealing their emotional states through virtuoso acrobatics—vaulting somersaults, trapeze, balances on the high-wire—along with contemporary dance, narrative, song and original music by Colin Gagné.

Carroll said, “Passagers was originally designed as an ode to travel—departure versus arrival, chance versus choice, familiar versus foreign, confinement versus border-crossing. Those themes have taken on a new meaning for us all these days, with the very idea of departing or arriving feeling like a distant pipe dream. Border-crossing is now fraught with risks, regulations and complications and confinement was the unifying theme for everyone. The show has now taken on a whole other dimension I’m not sure I could ever have imagined. I hope it will make us treasure the days of simple, liberating travel and celebrate a return to greater freedoms.”