‘Traces’ Explodes Onto TPAC’s Jackson Hall Stage Next Week

Traces 3Traces, the acclaimed show by the Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers, arrives at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for eight performances on Feb. 19-24.

New York City’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking circus, Traces strips away everything you thought you knew about the Big Top and fuses the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance to create an explosive display of emotion and physicality set to the music of Radiohead, VAST, Blackalicious, and more.

Traces 2Traces, which has been called “a whole new kind of awe-inspiring theatre” (NBC TV), is spectacularly anti-spectacle, relying instead on the fantastic abilities of the performers, individuals who appear to be nothing more than a group of friends, just as easygoing, affable, and potentially clumsy as the guy next door—until they unleash ninety minutes of heart-stopping acrobatics and unbridled energy that leave audiences breathless and exhilarated. Traces is the ultimate affirmation of life and a celebration of the particular talents of endearing young artists so eager to please that they literally jump through hoops for you.

“This hit production features seven artists performing a variety of abilities, including music, song, dance, and heart-stopping acrobatics, so it’s the perfect fit for TPAC and our passion for inspiring artistic expression,” says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “Traces will captivate and exhilarate you with its infectious blend of high-energy cirque and engaging artists.”

Traces 5Traces features creative direction by 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) and direction and choreography by Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider. Direct from New York, the show is performed by Mason Ames, Lucas Boutin, Valérie Benoît-Charbonneau, Matieu Cloutier, Bradley Henderson, LJ Marles and Philippe Normand-Jenny.

“Les 7 Doigts de la Main” translates literally as “the 7 fingers of the hand.” It is a twist on a French idiom (“the five fingers of the hand”) used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal. Here it refers to the seven founding directors of the company (Shana Carroll, Isabelle Chasse, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault) who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.

Traces 4Traces is produced by Tom Gabbard, Amanda Dubois, Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Nassib El-Husseini, and Thomas Lightburn.

Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now by visiting www.tpac.org, calling (615) 782-4040, and visiting the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call (615) 782-4060. For more information on Traces, please visit www.tracesusa.com or www.facebook.com/tracesusa.




*Photos by Michael Meseke ©2010 courtesy 7 Fingers and TPAC.

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