Reversible/7 Fingers

by Kelly May

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 12, 2017

A scene from "Reversible."
A scene from "Reversible."  

The 7 Fingers' "Reversible," performing at the ArtsEmerson's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre from Sept 6 - 24, explores personal family histories through a combination of circus acts and modern dance. With humor, drama, and some amazing agile strength, the artists captivate the audience during their ninety-minute performance.

The theatre marketplace is filled with modern day circus acts and talented acrobats. The 7 Fingers distinguishes itself from the others by its creative process. The company often has its performers contribute to the show's development by looking inward into their own lives. This creative process feeds a unique energy into The 7 Fingers' shows. The artists' personal contributions help them to project their love of the craft and give the feeling that the performers are still growing and learning. By the end of the evening, you are rooting for the artists as performers and people.

In "Reversible," the cast delves into stories from their past generations and reflect how the past influences their presence. Reversible's international cast from Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, opens with a monologue about a grandparent or other family elder from all around the world. From there, each artist performs an act that combines acrobatic acts and modern dance, revolving around emotional stories, at times serious and at other times humorous.

There were many great acts during the night: juggling, hand balancing, trapeze, contortionist, and more. One of the standout acts was the duet aerial act by Emilie Silliau and Emi Vauthey. Silliau performed the aerial rope routine while Vauthey performed an aerial silk routine. Both talented artists made the dramatic look effortless. It was fascinating to see how the simple difference between using the rope or the silk made the acts look and feel different. The starkness of the rope highlights the impressive physical effort that the act takes while the aerial silk shows how a skilled artist can create the illusion of soft effortlessness.

Finally, ArtsEmerson's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre is a great location for "Reversible." The theatre's size allows every audience member to be close enough to see and enjoy the show.

The 7 Fingers have put together another wonderful performance. "Reversible" combines self-exploration, storytelling, acrobatics, and dance into an impressive performance.

"Reversible" continues through September 24 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. For more information, the ArtsEmerson website.