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The 7 Fingers Opens Creation & Production Center– Not Business As Usual

Seven floors for seven fingers. Was that what sold The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts De La Main) co-founders on their new Creation and Production Center? Touring the building in March and again in July (as part of the MICC) when the finishing touches were still being explored, it was easy to see the progress that had been made. In March, during our visit, Communications Manager Marion Bellin described the original offices that the staff still occupied as a smaller space nowhere near the multiple studios they had to rent for rehearsals. Here on St. Laurent boulevard at the new center, near the Quartier des Spectacles, it wasn’t just that walls were now painted, or that the office fish tank had been relocated. It was that the company had brought along the spirit of The 7 Fingers and unfurled it right there in the midst of the meandering offices and three huge and well-equipped studios, giving it the space it needed to breath and expand.  
Photo credit Kim Campbell Speaking of studios: One studio is for dance, one for creation and one for training, explained our lively guide Fanny Perret. She had been schlepping curious circus industry people up and down stairs all day, pointing out the new features. The full kitchen so artists and staff could dine together. The board rooms with windows overlooking the studios so the decision makers could be inspired by the connections being developed below, the rigging points tucked discreetly in to every crevice of the hallways and wai...
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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 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.