Amazing Acrobatics: “Sequence 8”

Photo credit: Les 7 doigts de la main

 Les 7 doigts de la main Production
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
September 27 – October 7, 2012

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Review by Kate Lonberg-Lew

(Boston) Sequence 8, playing at the Arts Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre, is not a play. What it is is a fabulous, entertaining and interactive demonstration of exactly what the human body is capable of doing. The young men and woman of the Les 7 doigts de la main troupe contort their bodies in the most amazing and graceful ways. This group is so talented and strong, you can’t help but walk away feeling you’ve
neglected to make use of all but the smallest fraction of your body’s capabilities. So, consider yourself warned. That said, if you miss an opportunity to see this production, you had better have one heck of an excuse.

Alexandra Royer dazzles as she circles above the stage swinging on a large metal ring. Eric Bates wows with his rhythmic juggling act. I could go on and on, gushing over each individual cast member (and believe me, they are all equally deserving of praise) but the most interesting part of the show, at least for this viewer, was watching the communication and trust that existed between not just the partners, but the cast as a whole. They work together so seamlessly that at times they appear to be one entity as they jump over and toss each other into the air. There are times when there is an audible call and response to signal readiness, but more often then not the communication is non-verbal. And this show would not be possible were it not for the implicit trust among the performers, as they are quite literally putting their lives in each other’s hands.

This is one awe-inspiring show that everyone should make the time to see. You won’t regret it.

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