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Press Release: The 7 Fingers: Triptyque, UK Premiere 1 & 2 April 2016

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The 7 Fingers
Friday 1 & Saturday 2 April 2016
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £32
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


“These Canadian circus performers own the space where acrobatics meets dance” Evening Standard


Hailing from Québec, renowned as the home of the modern circus discipline, The 7 Fingers(Les 7 Doigts de la Main) is one of the world’s most inventive contemporary circus companies. After success with Sequence 8 and TRACES, the company returns to Sadler’s Wells with the UK premiere of TRIPTYQUE, a new triple bill of dance and circus on 1 & 2 April 2016.  


Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, TRIPTYQUE is a collaboration with some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary choreographers; Marie Chouinard (bODY_rEMIX/ gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS), Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance) and Marcos Morau (La Veronal). This marks the first time the company has worked with outside choreographers for the creation of a new show.


The first piece, a duet by Canadian choreographer Chouinard, focuses on gravity and its effects on the movement of the body. The second work by Quijada is a hand-balancing quintet with the artists seeking absolute control of gravity and exploring the relationship between stillness and movement. Spanish choreographer Morau’s final piece places an emphasis on circus, integrating a variety of different disciplines. The work features solos, duets and group sequences, as eight artists free themselves of both internal and physical obstacles.    


Marie Chouinard is known as one of the world’s most daring choreographers and over the years she has created more than 50 solo and group pieces. Chouinard’s work reflects her view of dance as a sacred art, her virtuoso approach to performance and her respect for the body as a vehicle of that art, and the invention of a different universe for each new piece. Chouinard’s own company, which she formed in 1990, presents the UK premiere of a double bill at Sadler’s Wells in June 2016.


Victor Quijada formed his dance company, RUBBERBANDance Group, in 2002. Since then, he has created over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and as commissions working with other companies. American born Quijada received the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. From 2007 to 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.


Choreographer Marcos Morau studied at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia, the Choreographic Centre of Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, and Movement Research in New York. In recent years he has worked as a choreographic assistant with the Nederlands Dans Theater II and IT Dansa. In 2005 Morau formed La Veronal, taking from varied cultural references including cinema, literature, music, and photography. Morau has received many awards, including First Prize at the choreographic contest of Madrid, the Fira de Tàrrega prize, and a special award from MasDanza Maspalomas International Choreographic contest.


Founded in Montreal in 2002, The 7 Fingers began as artists on stage and soon branched out, expanding their creative talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches, passing on their collaborative and unique 7 Fingers process to a new generation of circus artists. The company name refers to their 7 founding directors, Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and current Artistic Director Samuel Tétreault who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.


Both performances are audio described

BSL interpreted dialogue

A Sadler’s Wells co-production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells



Notes to Editors


Listings information

The 7 Fingers


Friday 1 & Saturday 2 April 2016

Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 - £32

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com




Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 90 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and an Associate Company and nurtures the next generation of talent through hosting the National Youth Dance Company, its Summer University programme, Wild Card initiative and its New Wave Associates.

Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells.

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 

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