by Paula Citron
The circus dance show Traces is both whimsical and charming. The performers are endearing fresh-faced twentysomethings who also happen to be very accomplished dancers, musicians and circus artists. Traces certainly deserves to find an audience in this city.
The mandate of the Montreal collective The 7 fingers is to bring circus to a human scale in small, intimate venues. The enchantment of Traces stems from its very humanity. The cast tells us about themselves (including a slide show of baby pictures), and we get to know and love them. There is also a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humour. It is all very low key and mostly fun, but darkness is never far away.
The show begins with a dynamic tumbling routine with the five hurling themselves onto the stage from the audience, ands end with Chinese hoop-diving where a mad whirl of bodies seemingly pass through the eye of a needle.
Traces continues until Nov. 18.
From the Panasonic Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.