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A show so outstanding that it garnered not one encore, but twice. The Vancouver Playhouse erupted in thunderous applause and a full house standing ovation. What is Séquence 8? (Sey-kahns weet) – Performed by Montreal’s Les 7 doigts de la main, it was more than just a circus show – it was an experience worth getting lost into. As Colin Davis     opened the show, he cautioned that every show would be different, that the show seen that day was not the same as yesterday’s or what will be tomorrow; and without fail, they deliver on unpredictability.

Contemporary Circus as it’s recognized, went beyond feats of athletics and acrobatics –  the show was intricately woven with visual storytelling, music and dance. With each part fusing into the next, there was a poignant moment of pure sensitivity that elevated the dynamics of this performance. Without giving much away, there is nothing like witnessing the vulnerability of the performers, stripping away each layer and taking moment for reflection. Think of it as showing you what it is, inside out – outwardly…(lol)
If ever you get a chance to watch it, you’ll know what I mean.

Like any great show, the audience was completely captivated with each step, swallowed up by each move they made and right when you think you’re impressed – you hold that breath, scoot to the edge of your seat and cringe up until they make that landing. You let your breath out only to be captured back into the thrill. Throw in some great theatre and comedy, you’re sold. For feelers like me, it was emotional acrobats in physical expression. Brilliant.

My favorite part was at the end, where each of them took turns to say their name – likened to that haunting feeling you got when you heard Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye utter ‘Thanks for stopping by’ on When Love Arrives.

For more info, check out: 7 Doigts – Séquence 8

 

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