Traces, Acclaimed Muscular Movement Show, Is Now an Open-Ended Run in NYC

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Traces, the acrobatic theatre show that has been exciting audiences in Canada and on an American tour, made its New York City commercial debut Aug. 8 following previews from July 29 at the Union Square Theatre. Critics have cheered the circus-influenced work, which includes biographical monologues from the performers. On Nov. 4, producers announced that the run of the show is open-ended.

Florian Zumkehr
Florian Zumkehr Photo by Michael Meseke

The work by 7 Fingers, a Montreal-based company, has a gray, funky, industrial-warehouse setting, with lean troupers bending their bodies and flying through the air, through hoops and into each others' arms.

Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson), Tom Gabbard, Amanda Dubois, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Nassib El-Husseini, and Thomas Lightburn bring the show to Off-Broadway, for what was first announced as a limited ten-week engagement through Oct. 9. It was later extended to Jan. 1, 2012. Tickets are currently on sale to June 24, 2012. The show was previously seen in Manahttan in the not-for-profit season at the New Victory Theater on West 42nd Street.

Here's how producers characterize Traces: "If the world ended tomorrow, what would you leave behind? In Traces, the human body is pushed to its limits as a group of friends leave their mark in a run-down warehouse through acrobatics, music and dance. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, Traces is an explosive display of raw emotion and physicality in an intimate urban setting. When it counts, will you leave it all on the stage?"

Traces has creative direction by 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) and direction and choreography by Shana Carroll & Gypsy Snider. It's performed by Mason Ames, Valérie Benôit-Charbonneau, Mathieu Cloutier, Bradley Henderson, Phillipe Normand-Jenny, Xia Zhengqi and Florian Zumkehr with alternate cast members Héloïse Bourgeois, Sen Lin and William Underwood.

Les 7 Doigts de la Main translates literally as "the 7 fingers of the hand." It's "a twist on a French idiom 'the five fingers of the hand,' used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal," according to the company. "Here it refers to the seven founding directors of the company (Shana Carroll, Isabelle Chasse, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault) who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a seven-fingered hand." Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 982-2787. Union Square Theatre is located at 100 E. 17th Street. Visit tracesusa.com.

Valerie Benoit-Charbonneau and Mason Ames perform in Bryant Park July 28.
Valerie Benoit-Charbonneau and Mason Ames perform in Bryant Park July 28. Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
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