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RENOWNED CIRCUS AND ACROBATIC TROUPE LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN PRESENTS "PSY" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013 AT 8PM AND SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013 AT 2PM AND 8PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN
Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 18, 2013 – Renowned circus and acrobatic troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main delves into the surrealistic underworld of the human psyche when it brings its edgy, pulse-raising theatrical experience, “PSY” (pronounced P-S-Y) to Fairfax in its first appearance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. These performances are Family Friendly: tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.
Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s breathtaking new production – the ensemble’s fourth creation since its inception – travels through a moving landscape of distorted visions, vanishing dreams and jumbled memories as the troupe’s energetic young artists overcome insurmountable challenges by performing incredible, mind-blowing acrobatic feats. According to the creators, “by juxtaposing darker issues [such as insomnia, amnesia, paranoia, hypochondria and addiction] with the invigorating and life-affirming language of circus arts [juggling, Chinese pole, German wheel, aerial rope and teeterboard], ‘PSY’ brings out the humor, beauty and commonality of these various neuroses, all the while celebrating the power of the individual to surmount his or her ailments and self-imposed restrictions, finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air.” The Boston Globe called “PSY,” “a mind-bending journey into the human ego … a transfixing circus spectacle that boggles both mind and eye.”
Les 7 Doigts de la Main literally translates to “the seven fingers of the hand,” a twist on a classic French idiom used to describe distinct parts working together in coordination toward a common goal. The troupe was founded by seven directors – Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gyspy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault – who combine their unique individual talents and personal experiences to achieve their collective artistic goal: to present circus arts on a more human scale. These seven artists founded Les 7 Doigts de la Main in 2002 in Montreal; they first began presenting as artists on stage, and gradually expanded their talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches. The troupe has created several works, including “Loft,” “Traces,” “La Vie,” “PSY,” “Fibonacci Project,” “Patinoire,” “A Muse” and “Sequence 8.” In addition, the ensemble has developed its own special events department for participation in a diverse range of projects, including the Royal Variety Performance for the Queen of England, ceremonies for the Turin and Vancouver Olympic ceremonies and corporate events. The troupe has also been invited to direct Canada’s National Circus School’s end of the year show for two consecutive years. “Les 7 Doigts de la Main raises the bar on what cirque nouveau can do – not just physically but emotionally.” (Boston Herald)
HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor
at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Tickets for LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN’S “PSY” are $24, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: tickets for youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
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