TOHU: What is the idea behind the show?
Gypsy Snider: Nothing is irreversible… We can change history and things, in the hope of making them better.
TOHU : What inspired its creation?
Gypsy Snider : We started from inner images, intimate thoughts that we rarely have the chance to externalize, and we have explored the relationship between our destiny and the one of those who have come before us. Certain parts of the show are based on the story of great-grandparents and grandparents of the artists! In conclusion, whatever our past, negative situations can be changed to move forward. That’s where the concept of reversibility comes from.
TOHU : How did you come up with this concept on stage?
Gypsy Snider : The idea of a wall, and what goes on in front and behind it. On stage, three mobile walls outline the spaces which are explored, moved around, blown up by the artists. Different art forms arise by putting them in particular situations.
TOHU : How does Réversible fit in the company’s path?
Gypsy Snider : Like other shows, Réversible is based on the desire to push the limits of the artistic expression through circus disciplines. Music, theatre and dance connect to refine our art, which always takes us a step further.
TOHU : Who is part of the show?
Gypsy Snider : Three company performers and five young artists freshly out of the National Circus School, where I teach. Les 7 Doigts is welcoming to the next generation of performers. It’s a human scale company that encourages a work process focused on closeness, proximity and sharing. Each show symbolizes everyone’s opportunity to follow their dreams of being heard.
By constantly blurring the artistic boundaries, Les 7 Doigts pursues the universal, the extraordinary, the indefinable, the deep, and the hearth of every human being. The company created in 2002 can today count on a team of 200 artists, six managers and technicians to perform some 1000 creations and artistic collaborations. In 2017, Les 7 Doigts will open its creation and production centre right in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles.
Gypsy Snider was introduced to the circus by her parents at the early age of four. Trained in Switzerland, she then joined a number of companies, including Cirque du Soleil, before founding Les 7 Doigts. She directed Loft (2002) Traces (2006) and Intersection (2014), as well as several shows throughout the world.
Photo: Chantal Lévesque