Les 7 Doigts

"One of the most famous circus companies in the world."

Le Monde (France)

Have you ever dreamed of a world totally deprived of external influences?
Tabula rasa of any legacy, ancestors, guidelines… The new Les 7 Doigts piece, created by Gypsy Snider, is an invitation to browse the proliferation of our internal microcosms, and to reverse the world’s evolution to create better ones. Because it’s never too late to change, again and again …

Through a keyhole, Réversible looks at the lives of eight men and women.
On stage, walls dance and reveal what goes on behind closed doors. An intimate universe where ideas, emotions, fear and desire unfold. Spectacular acrobatics, movements, words and body language build the framework of a show filled with risks and discovery.

In the wake of previous work—Traces, Cuisine & Confessions and Séquence 8—Les 7 Doigts continues, with Réversible, its exploration of the undefinable, the universality, in an acrobatic space with their usual high level of performance. A world where physical theatre and contemporary circus coexist.

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Les 7 doigts de la main

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 7 founding directors of the company (Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila et 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.

Gypsy Snider

Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Les 7 doigts de la main, Gypsy co-directed Loft (2002) with the other founding members of the collective; Traces (2006) with Shana Carroll; Amuse (2012 and 2013) with Isabelle Chassé; and Intersection (2014) with Samuel Tétreault.

She has directed performances for numerous high profile events, including the appearance of Traces on America’s Got Talent — watched for over eight million viewers; an outdoor show for the city of Buenos Aires for over ten thousand live spectators; a circus act for the Queen of England’s Royal Variety Performance (2009); and a fashion show for Bench in the Philippines (2014).

Gypsy has led and participated in many collaborations between Les 7 doigts de la main and diverse partners: choreography for Darcy Oake’s Edge Of Reality show (2014-2015); choreography and movement direction of the new Peter Pan 360 (USA); circus creation of the Broadway musical Pippin, for which she received a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award (2013); the creation of the show Crime for the National Circus School of Montreal (2009), and the co-direction of Typo (2004) for Cirque Eloize.

In 2014, Gypsy received the “Evolving Circus Award” during the first edition of the American Circus Awards.

Born into the circus ring, as the daughter of the founders of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, Gypsy began her artistic career at age four. She performed with the Pickles until age 18, when she left for Switzerland to study at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri. She performed three seasons with La Compania Dimitri (1993-96), as well as with the German cabaret Pomp Duck and Circumstances (1996-97), on tour with the Cirque du Soleil in Saltimbanco (1997-2000), and with Cirque Knie (2002). After twelve years on the road, Gypsy returned to her hometown and performed in the cabaret Teatro Zinzanni, meanwhile guest teaching at San Francisco Circus Center Clown Conservatory (1993-2002), directing Walk, Don’t Walk (2002) and Recess for the San Francisco Youth Circus and directing Circumstance (2002) for the New Pickle Circus.

"Les 7 doigts de la main have a talent for bringing out acrobats’ humanity, breaking down the fourth wall, reinventing circus disciplines and choosing the right sounds"

Claude Deschênes

“Combining various forms of arts to better demonstrate the flaws of human existence is what they do best.”

Le Devoir