Following the remarkable success of The Circus Princess, The 7 Fingers is announcing a new collaboration with the Moscow Musical Theatre. The show is scheduled to open March 5, 2020.
Montreal – The 7 Fingers have been working with the Moscow Musical Theatre since 2013. The Russian organization hosted the collective’s signature shows – Traces in 2013 and Cuisine & Confessions in 2015 – before entrusting the company with the staging of The Circus Princess, a contemporary version of the 1920’s cult operetta. The show has since been presented more than 270 times, its most recent run having played from November 2 to December 8, 2019. Further performances are planned for several more years.
Alongside signature shows still being presented in Moscow (Passengers in January 2019), a new project is being launched. The new show, a musical, will be an original work directed by The 7 Fingers co-artistic director, Sébastien Soldevila.
“It is the story of a young girl who suddenly finds herself propelled on stage following a reality show. The aspiring performer is ready to fly too close to the sun, willing to be a star at any cost,” explains Sebastian. “I am fortunate to be surrounded by an extraordinary team who know me by heart,” he adds. The artistic team will include several Montrealers, most notably composer Maxim Lepage, with whom Sébastien collaborated on The Last Chapter presented in Sharjah earlier this year, choreographer Geneviève Dorion-Coupal (The Circus Princess, The Last Chapter), and lighting designer Éric Champoux (Cuisine & Confessions, Passengers, The Last Chapter, The Circus Princess). As with The Circus Princess, the poster for the new production will be designed by the Montreal firm Compagnie et Cie.
An initial two-week creative workshop was held in September in the Studios of The 7 Fingers. The remaining production rehearsals will take place this fall with Russian artists in Moscow.
The show will be part of the Muscovite theatre’s repertoire and will be presented approximately 80 times a year for a minimum duration of three years.
“For The 7 Fingers, this project reaffirms a long-term relationship with a leading partner, the Moscow Musical Theater, and is a clear step forward in building loyalty among Muscovite audiences,” said Nassib El-Husseini, executive director of The 7 Fingers. “I am confident that this project will reach Montreal audiences in the future.”
About The 7 Fingers
The 7 Fingers is an artistic collective unlike any other. In 2002, the 7 founders set out to redefine circus by stripping down the spectacle to its thrilling essence.
The contemporary company tells stories using death-defying acrobatics with a life-affirming theatricality that is unique to The 7 Fingers. Since its inception, the company has expanded from signature touring shows to creating theatrical experiences as diverse as the very artistic directors themselves: original productions varying from intimate one-man shows to large-scale arena performances, Broadway musicals, artistic collaborations with renowned international artists and companies, production design and direction, special events, Olympic ceremonies, televised performances, fashion, art and music events, immersive experiences and much more.
Every one of these projects carries The 7 Fingers’ unequivocal mark. The company has consistently spread its horizons by mixing genres and exploring new ways to tell stories. Fascinated by the human condition, The 7 Fingers create performances that celebrate our world, our time and our humanity. Their shows tour the globe and bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
In 2018, The 7 Fingers opened their very own Centre of Creation and Production. Situated in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, the new centre houses all of the company’s activities, departments and dreams under one roof.
About the Moscow Musical Theatre
The Moscow Musical Theatre is the first and the only theatre in Russia dedicated to the genre of musicals.
Founded in 2012, theatre moved to its new venue on Puskinskaya Square, in the very heart of Moscow, in 2017.
Among the productions in its repertoire are “All About Cinderella,” “Crime and Punishment,” “The Circus Princess,” and “Reverse.”
The Moscow Musical Theatre and the collective The 7 Fingers have been collaborating for several years. The 7 Fingers’ signature shows have been presented on the Moscow Musical Theatre’s stage since 2013. Most recently, the European premiere of the show “Passengers” took place at the Moscow Musical Theatre in January 2019.
In 2016, the two organisations co-produced “The Circus Princess.” Today, they are working together once again, this time on a new musical featuring original music and librettos.
Several productions of the Moscow Musical Theatre have been nominated for Golden Masks, the prestigious Russian national theatre awards.
Artistic Director – Mikhail Shvydkoy
General Producer – David Smelianskiy
CEO – Alexander Novikov
About Sébastien Soldevila