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Traces – Awe-inspiring Acrobatics, Infectious Urban Energy

January 11, 2013

TRACESBENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – TRACES, the acclaimed show by the Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers, will perform at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage for one performance only on Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m.

New York City’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking circus, TRACES strips away everything you thought you knew about the Big Top and fuses the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance to create an explosive display of emotion and physicality set to the music of Radiohead, VAST, Blackalicious, and more.

TRACES, which has been called “a whole new kind of awe-inspiring theatre” (NBC TV), is spectacularly anti-spectacle, relying instead on the fantastic abilities of the performers, individuals who appear to be nothing more than a group of friends, just as easygoing, affable, and potentially clumsy as the guy next door, until they unleash ninety minutes of heart-stopping acrobatics and unbridled energy that leave audiences breathless and exhilarated. TRACES is the ultimate affirmation of life and a celebration of the particular talents of endearing young artists so eager to please that they literally jump through hoops for you.

TRACES features creative direction by 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) and direction and choreography by Shana Carroll & Gypsy Snider. Direct from New York, TRACES is performed by Mason Ames, Lucas Boutin, Valérie Benoît-Charbonneau, Matieu Cloutier, Bradley Henderson, LJ Marles, and Philippe Normand-Jenny.

Les 7 Doigts de la Main translates literally as “the 7 fingers of the hand.” It is a twist on a French idiom (“the five fingers of the hand”) used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal. Here it refers to the seven founding directors of the company (Shana Carroll, Isabelle Chasse, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault) who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.

TRACES is produced by Tom Gabbard, Amanda Dubois, Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Nassib El-Husseini, and Thomas Lightburn.

For more information about Traces, visit www.lmcmainstage.org/traces, www.tracesusa.com, and www.facebook.com/tracesusa.

Tickets for Traces are available by calling the LMC Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visiting www.lmcmainstage.org. Students (kindergarten through college) and seniors (60 and older) receive $3 off single-ticket prices. Groups of 20 or more receive $5 off ticket prices. For further information about group rates and special arrangements, contact Quinn Tabbert at (269) 927-8609 or qtabbert@lakemichigancollege.edu

Chemical Bank and 22 WSBT-TV are sponsoring the LMC Mendel Center performance of Traces. 

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The 1,517-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre is located 30-minutes from Niles and 40-minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

The Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased in person, by phone at (269) 927-1221, or online at www.lmcmainstage.org.

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