FOLSOM — If the world ended tomorrow, what traces would you leave behind? Combining traditional and high-risk acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, all mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, TRACES, the acclaimed show by the Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers,Comes to Three stages for three performances.
Think Cirque du Soleil, then put them on skateboards: As disaster looms outside of an abandoned warehouse, a group of young urban friends sequestered within attempt to leave their marks — their traces. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, TRACES is a tour-de-force display of raw emotion and physicality with touches of humor.
One of Time Magazine’s “Top Ten of the Year” (Plays and Musicals) in 2011, TRACES is high-energy urban acrobatics. It’s spectacularly anti-spectacle, relying instead on the fantastic abilities of the performers, individuals who appear to be nothing more than a group of friends — as easygoing and affable as the guy next door — until they unleash ninety minutes of unbridled energy that leave audiences breathless.
The company Les 7 Doigts de la Main translates literally as “the 7 fingers of the hand.” It is 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. 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 7-fingered hand.
TRACES will perform at Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25; 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Tickets are $29 to $49 with premium tickets available for $59. Purchase tickets online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.