BWW Review: THE 7 FINGERS (LES 7 DOIGTS) Wins Hearts of Audiences with Cuisine & Confessions

BWW Review: THE 7 FINGERS (LES 7 DOIGTS) Wins Hearts of Audiences with Cuisine & Confessions

BWW Review: THE 7 FINGERS (LES 7 DOIGTS) Wins Hearts of Audiences with Cuisine & Confessions

As part of the Tilt Kids Festival, Montreal-based circus- The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts) brought a mix of circus, dance, theater, and a side of cooking to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts stage April 11-16, 2017. You may remember this company as they were behind the Tony-Award winning production of Pippin and had appearances on the popular TV show-America's Got Talent and the opening ceremony of the Sotchi Olympics! The Tilt Kids Festival is a cultural event for families presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute presenting a series of forward-thinking events in dance, circus, visual art, music, and theater to stimulate and inspire audiences.

The 7 Fingers is known for making circus a transformative experience- and that is exactly what it was for me! In this production of Cuisine & Confessions, written and directed by Shana Carroll and Sébastein Soldevila, the stage became a giant kitchen and a place to share the comforts of food and conversation as the artists shared their personal stories and memories while fusing it with awe-inspiring acrobats! As you walked into the theater, the performers were walking around and interacting with the audience. Some folks got chocolate, some were asked to crack an egg, others got coffee, and some (including me) got a tour of the kitchen on the stage!

The show was so much fun! I enjoyed watching the performers do all kinds of different tricks from flips, lifts, and jumps across the stage. Some of my favorite parts included when two men did a number of jumps through a series of wooden frames. During this routine, they stacked the frames on top of one another and they still were able to jump and flip through! Another part was when a guy climbed up a pole that was at least 30 feet high and did these amazing balances and drops off the pole that made your heart skip a beat. There was a point where you could hear a pin drop because we were so into watching him!

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Caryn Cooper Caryn Cooper is an arts administrator, educator and performer from Long Island, NY. She began her dance training at a young age studying ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique and other dance forms such as tap, jazz, hip hop, modern and West African. She has had the opportunity to perform at various venues in the Greater New York City Area including, Radio City Music Hall, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the 92Y, Ailey CitiGroup Theater, Central Park, and The Wild Project. Administratively, she has worked for a number of arts organizations including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and the New York City Center. Currently at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, she works to plan arts education programs for schools and seniors in underserved communities throughout Queens and the New York City Metropolitan area. Caryn is currently a Moving for Life Certified Instructor (MFLCI) where she uses dance to help breast cancer recovery patients and those dealing with pain caused by chronic illnesses. She is currently pursuing a certification as a BodyMind Dancing (BMD) Instructor, under the direction of Dr. Martha Eddy, to guide students as they reflect and learn about the 3-dimenionality and repatterning of the body. Caryn is a member of Americans for the Arts, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA), and sits on the Young Professionals Committee of The Possibility Project and the Board of Trustees for Moving for Life, Inc. She is also a Contributing writer for BroadwayWorld Dance. She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Field Diversity Award and the 2017 Jessica Wilt Memorial Scholarship through the Americans for the Arts.