Every year Ann Arbor hosts a Summer Festival (http://a2sf.org/desktop/). It is one of the greatest things (and there are many great things) about Ann Arbor. For 3 weeks starting in mid-June the whole town turns out for nightly entertainment. There are big-name draws (like Ira Glass and Bernadette Peters), free music, and, when it gets dark, movies. There are also food booths, one of which is our nascent BBQ venture. Suffice it to say I don’t go out with my husband much during this time. So I take my 12 year old son to various events. The Summer Festival sweetens the pot for family-friendly performances and only charges $10 for a child’s ticket. So this encourages us to check out acts we wouldn’t otherwise see.
One such act is the Montreal-based “Les 7 doigts de la main.” This group is a small, graceful circus. The 7 members of this hardy band leap, twirl, flip and dance. Here is a YouTube promo for their “Sequence 8” show we saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumFUHSUSGQ.
It occurs to me as I write this that I am really blogging more about the Summer Festival than this particular group. I have not seen many contemporary circus acts in general and as such am not quite sure how this troupe compares to other circus performers. But we enjoyed ourselves. The acrobatics were amazing. So was the choreography, and the music. When the group was not performing, twirling or dancing, however, it was just ok. There was some banter on the part of the host that fell a little flat, and an act in which two performers stripped down to their underwear clashed with the spirit and tone of the other pieces. But some of the performers, Alex in particular, were tremendous. Many of the pieces are truly marvelous to view, and I recommend seeing this troupe if they visit a nearby venue.
Rating: *** (out of ****)