Breaking Down the Wall Between Generations in Réversible by The 7 Fingers - CircusTalk

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Breaking Down the Wall Between Generations in Réversible by The 7 Fingers

There were three walls visible on the stage at Krannert Center for Performing Arts when Réversible began–connected in a straight line, full of windows and doors. Behind those walls were the lives of our ancestors, revealed by the stories, movements, bodies, relationships and shadow play that unfolds throughout this 90 minute show. The fourth wall is left to our imagination, to be put up or broken down by the connection we form with the stories. Soon the walls come apart and spin through space to reveal the characters, the loves and feuds behind them–showing us the facade and the interior–turning reality inside out. Each wall becomes a tool– to convey a prison, an opportunity, a scene for a love affair, a ladder to escape, a precipice to teeter on, a firm edifice to lean upon and even a surface to juggle on, jump on and bounce off of.
Natasha Patterson juggles contact balls The 7 Fingers have a skill for taking the deeply personal and translating it to the universal to create authentic feeling circus, especially so for the shows directed by the power duo (and co-founders), Gypsy Snider and Isabelle Chassé. And  Réversible  is a prime example of how that can be done. Snider explained the creation process for  Réversible  in a 2016 interview, “I sent the cast out last November (2015) to start ...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.