Athleticism and Wit: Les 7 doigts de la main’s Cabaret 2011

By Sabreena Chandra

Twisting, tossing, contorting, unravelling… not enough words can describe the tremendousness of this spectacle.

Cabaret 2011, performed by Les 7 doigts de la main and directed by Isabelle Chassée and Sébastien Soldevila, gave us as many hold-your-breath moments as ‘Ouuus’ and ‘Ahhhs.’ 

The show consisted of an annoying yet humourous stage director (played by Sébastien Soldevila) trying to put together a Cabaret show. This angle gave the audience an interesting perspective on show staging. The entertainers persevered to astonish the stage director by doing trapeze tricks; jumping off and landing on a plank the width of an arm; soaring through stacked high hoops; twirling and whirling in an aerial silks act… It was an evening filled with athleticism, flexibility, strength, sassy and witty performers, brilliant musicians and an audience in absolute awe of the performance. Although the stage director was not flabbergasted by the acts, the audience certainly was. Who would have thought a simple teeter-totter and hula-hoop could be part of something so extraordinary.

At the Olympia theatre until July 23.

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