Traces is a creative product of a French Canadian Company, 7 Fingers . It is a show that brings together a mix of theatrics, acrobatics, sports and projections in a unique way. With the power of innovation, the performers showcase their life stories with their fantastical acts. Its concept might appear as an imitation to a circus but it is themed differently and has a lot more entertainment to offer rather than just the fancy costumes and painted faces.
Since Traces is themed around the life stories of its performers, it has the flavor of all moods and stages of life. The show is spiced up with the elements of humor, love, hatred, happiness, sadness and a lot more emotions that happen to be a major part of life. Six international artists are the stars of the show. They sing love ballads, flirt and crack jokes. So it’s like a merger of sporty and emo-acrobatics altogether. The change in the traditional circus concept sets in with the performers dressed in nothing fancy but street clothes and sneakers. The initial impression of it being a dance rehearsal soon changes into an entertainment show with a view of the kinetic world, where bodies fly and twist through the air.
The curtain for the show is raised to reveal a bare stage. The only things it includes are chairs, piano and poles which happen to be the only gadgets for the performers to express their talent. It might look dull and grey with no flashy arrangements but as soon as the artists make an appearance getting sporty with the poles and the strings, the entertainment begins. Their movements take the audiences on a journey to their world where they share their special moments speaking up with actions.
Traces is about the physical joy of the artists that narrate a new story with every act. The appeal of this show is the lack of pretension. The performers actually sweat and get nervous while performing which gives it an effect of reality, adding in the emotional aspect to it. The gravity defying acts of swinging along the strings loosely hung from the ceiling thrill the audiences to the level of being mesmerized to allow even a single blink of an eye. The venue Broadway Playhouse offers a low ceiling which makes the swaying acts look even more terrifying. Risk and danger are the two inherent factors that make the show all the way exciting.
Traces is about six male and a single female performer. Belonging to different regions, they contribute by introducing their own culture and values to the audiences, which are not narrated in a theoretical form. Since the show is all about creativity and innovativeness, the acts are performed maintaining the same tradition. The artists tumble through the hoops and by balancing on each other’s heads they leap on the giant poles without using their hands. Their acrobatic brilliance provides a spectacular sight for the audiences making them enjoy every moment of the show.
The impressive direction by Shana Carroll and choreography by Gypsy Snider are the factors that majorly contribute to the success of the show. This year the performers are all set to give in their best for bringing up another interesting story from their lives.
So if you wish to visit a circus and also want to watch a theatrical show but cannot decide between the two, you should certainly come see Traces! It guarantees quality entertainment with the most unusual acrobatic movements, performed with expertise and grace. The joy of theatre and the circus entertainment combined! Don’t miss out this chance for a fun-filled time and ultimate entertainment package. Traces Tickets are already on sale! Hurry and get them before they are all sold out!
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