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Les 7 Doigts de la Main

Prepare to be awed by unusually bouncy acrobats at the Lowry Theatre

Published on February 17th 2010.

Les 7 Doigts de la Main

Les 7 Doights de la Main are a French-Canadian circus troupe who appear to have either magical powers or very springy shoes. They fling themselves through the air and jump up around as if they were born of kangaroo parents rather than humans. If you saw the Royal Variety Performance on telly last December, you might remember their gravity-defying antics. At the Lowry Theatre from 8-10 March, you'll be able to watch it first hand.

They fling themselves through the air and jump around as if they were born of kangaroo parents rather than humans.

Their production Traces will include stunts such as balancing casually on each other’s heads, tumbling through hoops and leaping spectacularly up giant poles without using their hands. More than just a series of tricks however, it pioneers a new brand of circus with a striking human element.

Set in a makeshift bunker, the five characters hide from an impending disaster outside the door. Using creation as their only antidote to the destruction outside, the cast use every mode of expression available to them, hoping to put down a last mark and leave their traces as best they can.

Video, narration and music combine to show snippets of the performers’ real lives, gradually drawing the audience into their stories. Set to a soundtrack ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to blues to hip hop, the show mixes raw, classic acrobatics with theatre, skateboarding, street and contemporary dance styles.

Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Monday 8-Wednesday 10 March, 8pm, tickets £10-£20, superseats (first four rows of stalls) £24, 0843 2086005, www.thelowry.com

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