The 7 Fingers opens Canadian circus tour in Birmingham

Published: 29 July 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

7 Fingers' Passagers: Louis Joyal and Company Credit: Climon Parent

Canadian circus stars The 7 Fingers will tour the British première of Passagers: a homage to travel, love and the power of storytelling through contemporary dance, acrobatics, circus and music. The six-venue tour opens at Birmingham Hippodrome, part of Birmingham International Dance Festival, on 21 & 22 September.

In Passagers, a colourful and diverse group of nine strangers meet onboard a train. Through the course of their journey, they begin to share their stories and reveal their emotional states through virtuoso acrobatics—vaulting somersaults, breathtaking trapeze, daredevil balances on the high wire—along with contemporary dance, narrative, song and an original soundtrack by Colin Gagné including two songs sung live.

The 7 Fingers’ seven founders, including Passagers director Shana Carroll, set up the collective in 2002. The company is based in the heart of Montreal’s downtown theatre district in a purpose-built studio which houses all their activities under one roof.

The performers are Louis Joyal, Anna Kichtchenko, Maude Parent, Pablo Pramparo, Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg, Marilou Verschelden and Will Underwood.