Nine years in, the annual Montréal Cirque Festival — otherwise known as Montréal Complètement Cirque — is now attracting close to half a million spectators, along with major international companies from Australia, France and beyond. Although most of the major shows take place indoors, this year the organizers have gone even further to create the atmosphere of a huge, open-air circus ring along St-Denis St. with a wealth of free events and activities.
The festival wouldn’t be the same without a premiere from Les 7 Doigts, the collective that pried itself away from Cirque du Soleil in 2002 and went on to become a major international force in its own right.
Following last year’s Vice & Vertu — an epic and immersive look at Montreal’s Sin City era — the company’s latest show, Sisters (July 8 to 21 at Théâtre Outremont, 1248 Bernard Ave. W.), centres on another aspect of our city’s culture, namely the music of Lhasa de Sela, the American-born, Montreal-based singer who died at the age of 37 in 2010.
Drawing us into Lhasa’s musical universe by way of a love story involving two siblings, a fairy-tale prince, an enchanted forest and aerial acrobatics, Sisters is being performed by a cast of four led by Ayin and Miriam de Sela. Both of them are, of course, Lhasa’s sisters.
Les 7 Doigts’ artistic director and the show’s co-creator (along with the de Selas), Gypsy Snider, has a long history with the de Sela sisters. As she explained to the Montreal Gazette during a telephone call: “I was born and raised in a circus family in San Francisco called the Pickle Family Circus. Miriam and Ayin, and their other sister Sky, also lived in San Francisco, and I sort of pulled them into the circus world when we were children. They had a fourth sister who did not do circus because she was an amazing singer and songwriter, and her name was Lhasa.”
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