Les 7 doigts de la main took home the gold medal and the Prix de la République from the most famous circus festival in the world, the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.
William Underwood and Héloïse Bourgeois enraptured the audience and the jury with the Chinese pole duo from the show PSY, choreographed by Shana Carroll.
Both graduates of the National Circus School in Montreal (2005), they toured the world for six years with Les 7 doigts de la main, first with TRACES and now with PSY.
The success of the Quebec circus does not stop there: a second duet marks the arrival of a new generation of artists.
Maxim Laurin and Ugo Dario, fellow graduates of the National Circus School of Montreal (2011), also won a gold medal with their teeterboard number. Perilous and highly acrobatic, their duet was a huge craze and also earned the Prix du Public, Prix Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey, the Saint Petersburg State Circus Trophy, and the Rosgoscirk Trophy. Maxim and Ugo are part of the 7 Fingers’ newest creation—we’ll be able to spot them on stage in our upcoming show later this year.
The duos’ successes make for seven total awards for Quebec!
The Fingers have enjoyed a wonderful history with famous festival, having received multiple awards over the years, including the choreography of four gold medal-winning numbers by Shana Carroll!