Dear San Francisco - The Acrobats Behind the Acrobatic Love Letter

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Dear San Francisco – The Acrobats Behind the Acrobatic Love Letter

During my month-long stay in the city by the bay, I was thrilled at the opportunity to watch and write a piece on The 7 Fingers’ resident production, Dear San Francisco at the historic Club Fugazi. What I did not expect was the opportunity to see the show, not once, not twice, but three times during my visit, and be floored each time. While I could go on about the versatility, passion and energy of this cast and production, I’ll let members of the cast tell you what it’s like to be part of the project themselves.
After hosting the iconic beat poets of the 50’s and 60’s, and staging the longest-running musical revue in history, Club Fugazi has been home to Dear San Francisco: The Intimate Cirque Experience since 2021. Intimate yet immensely powerful! Created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders, Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, Dear San Francisco, is described as “an acrobatic love-letter” to the city. The show incorporates some of the most iconic and enduring themes of the city’s history, focusing on the overarching theme of repeated booms and busts and rebirths. Breathing life into these themes and stories is an incredible, tight knit cast of rotating performers who bring multidisciplinarity to the next level. The artists flit around the stage, performing exhilarating acrobatics, choreography, spoken word, video projections, shadow play, and original music. To bring you into the fold and behind the scenes of this acrobatic, storied world, I’m happy...
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Em Holt

Em Holt (they/she/he) is a genderfluid mover, burlesque dancer, drag performer and acrobat based in Florida, US. With a background in high level competitive gymnastics, circus arts and multidisciplinary dance, their diverse capabilities allow them to meet a variety of physical requirements and personas on stage. These days, Em independently travels and tours the US as burlesque and circus bombshell, Karma Carnelian. Karma's performance style seamlessly blends classic and neo burlesque choreography with dynamic acrobatic chair and floor work. Karma has performed coast to coast, from the Hubba Hubba Revue in San Francisco, CA, to the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, to countless productions in their home state. Em received their BA in Advertising in 2019 and MS in Integrated Marketing in 2021 from Florida State University, where they also performed teeterboard, flying, swinging and double trapeze in The FSU Flying High Circus from 2016-2020. Em first joined CircusTalk first as a journalism intern in 2020, and currently serves as the team's Community Manager, creating written and digital content for the site, and managing the companies' social media channels.