Canadian company The 7 Fingers
will present a mix of
dance, physical theatre, acrobatics, circus skills and original music on 30th September and 1st October 2021.
Passagers (Passengers) plays with the fascination and freedom of travel, both nostalgic and symbolic.
Even in a time when travel is restricted, it allows audiences to be transported to another world in which a colourful and diverse group of strangers meet on board a train.
Through the course of their journey, in a temporarily-suspended reality, they get to know each other, sharing their stories and revealing their emotional states through virtuoso acrobatics - vaulting somersaults, breath-taking trapeze, daredevil balances on the highwire - and contemporary dance, narrative and song.
The production has a timeless, vintage aesthetic that combines with original, contemporary music from Canadian sound designer Colin Gagné, to ensure its appeal to audiences of all ages.
The 7 Fingers are one of the first international companies to visit the UK following the coronavirus pandemic, with Passagers their first tour here in eleven years.
Founded in 2002, the company's mission is to redefine circus, stripping the spectacle down to its thrilling essence and fusing it with dance, theatre, multimedia, music and storytelling.
They have gained a reputation for telling human stories with life-enhancing theatricality, warmth and humour.
The 7 Fingers' Co-founder and Passagers Director Shana Carroll says:
"Passagers was originally designed as an ode to travel - departure versus arrival, chance versus choice, familiar versus foreign, confinement versus border-crossing.
"Those themes have taken on a new meaning for all of us recently, with the very idea of departing or arriving feeling like a distant dream.
"Border-crossing is now fraught with risks, regulations and complications and confinement was the unifying theme for everyone.
"The show has now taken on a whole new dimension I'm not sure I could ever have imagined.
"I hope it will make us treasure the days of simple, liberating travel and celebrate a return to greater freedoms."
Stephen Crocker, Chair, Dance Consortium, added:
"This is the first time we have presented The 7 Fingers company from Quebec and I can think of no better way of welcoming international artists back onto our stages than with their wonderful show Passagers - a beautiful homage to travel, love and the power of storytelling."