The 7 Fingers Return To The Broad Stage With REVERSIBLE
The Broad Stage presents the return of The 7 Fingers with REVERSIBLE for three performances only, February 15 - 17. The 7 Fingers, who performed Cuisine & Confessions at The Broad Stage in 2017, are the best in contemporary circus performers. The Boston Globe calls REVERSIBLE, "hypnotically beautiful..on both an aesthetic and emotional level." REVERSIBLE is also performing February 1-2 at Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Imagine your grandparents and what they lived through when they were your age. Eight outstanding performers dug through the histories of their families. They unveiled stories from the past and skeletons in the closets that reflected, in some way or another, how they experience life today.
Through a unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics, REVERSIBLE is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow. Our elders lived in a simpler era, when time moved at a less rapid pace. This time in history inspired poetry, imagination, passion and staggering virtuosity.
Are these stories written in our DNA? How will the past guide our evolution in the future? With the 7 Fingers' REVERSIBLE, be prepared for the best in contemporary circus: moments of pure grace yielding to rushes of adrenaline, as a cast of multi-talented performers travel through time and space. Be part of a vibrant journey that will give you goose bumps: peek through the key hole at a Reversible world, where everyday life is turned upside down into new spectacular, universes filled with beauty, emotion and hope.
In the show a cast member asks a resonant question of her late Grandfather, "In the end what did you hold on to? What should I?" The show was born when Gypsy Snider,writer-director-choreographer and 7 Fingers artistic director was thinking about her ancestors while hanging laundry.
"I wanted them to create characters based on where they came from; a past that they were not even aware of," Snyder said. "The idea was that we would then construct characters based on events that occurred in these artists' DNA pool over the last 150 years. This has proven to be the deepest and most exciting part of creating Reversible. Every day they'd come back with new stories about their grandparents or their great-grandparents, things they had no idea about.
"One girl found out she was Jewish, she had no idea. One girl who is Swiss found out that her Japanese grandmother had abandoned an arranged marriage in Japan and ran away with a Swiss man. She became the first woman to immigrate to this tiny Swiss village. What we're feeling in this current generation is that we are uprooted. We are not as connected to family and past as we were even 50 years ago."
Snider continued, "The process The 7 Fingers has been developing over the last 15 years is that we begin with a spark, an idea, a desire to express and explore a concept that fascinates us, something for a better understanding of who we are -- and a vehicle to explore storytelling through circus. We create a playground in which we ask the artists to improvise on themes, structures, situations, so that they are able to bring in their own quality-and together we create the show. It's a very organic, very creative, and always surprising process, one that allows us to create one entity that is separate from us, an entity that takes us further than something that any of us might have imagined alone."
The Boston Globe says of REVERSIBLE, "the cast performs intricate, perfectly coordinated, frequently astonishing displays of acrobatics and aerial stunts, punctuated by dynamic dance movement. [REVERSIBLE is] an exploration of the role family history plays in the shaping of individual identity and seeks to build an intergenerational bridge between past and present, then and now."
About The 7 Fingers
Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers) company tells stories using death-defying acrobatics with a life-affirming theatricality that is unique to The 7 Fingers. Since its inception, the company has expanded from its own signature touring shows to creating theatrical experiences as diverse as the very artistic directors themselves: original productions varying from intimate one-man shows to large-scale arena performances, Broadway musicals, artistic collaborations with renowned International Artists and companies, production design and direction, special events, Olympic ceremonies, televised performances, fashion, art and music events, immersive experiences and much more.
Every one of these projects carries The 7 Fingers unequivocal mark. Ambassadors of diversity, the company has consistently spread its horizons by mixing genres and exploring new ways to tell stories. Fascinated by the human condition, The 7 Fingers create performances that celebrate our world, our time and our identity. Their shows tour the globe and bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
About Gypsy Snider (Writer/Director/Co-Artistic Director, The 7 Fingers)
Gypsy Snider wrote, directed and/or co directed 7 Fingers shows REVERSIBLE, Intersection, Amuse, Traces, and Loft. She has choreographed televised feature performances for America's Got Talent, Her Majesty's Royal Variety Performance, the illusionist Darcy Oake's Edge of Reality, and a Bench Denim and Underwear fashion show in the Philippines. In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, she integrated circus into the revival of the Broadway musical. Gypsy's work on Pippin earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Gypsy is also a guest teacher and guest director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
Originally from San Francisco, Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of The Pickle Family Circus. After receiving her degree in physical theatre from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland in 1993, she performed internationally for 18 years, with Cirque du Soleil and many others.