Cuisine & Confessions Fills hearts (and bellies) During Its Limited Engagement Through ArtsEmerson

Posted July 25, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Cuisine & Confessions graces the Cutler Majestic Theatre stage. Photo Credit: Alexandre Galliez

The kitchen – it’s the room in your house where it all happens, from morning coffee brews to midnight snacking sessions by the light of the fridge. It’s the birth place of giant holiday feasts and has an amazing guest gravitational pull during parties. Yes, you might consider the kitchen to be the soul of the home.

The world-famous circus performers of Les 7 Doigts de la main (aka “the seven fingers of the hand”) bare souls (and serious acrobatic prowess) in their own “kitchen” during Cuisine & Confessions at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

An international hit that has graced stages in Paris, Montreal, Moscow, and Rome, the company is visiting Boston for a limited engagement July 12 through August 7 through the ArtsEmerson program. Its American premiere is a literal feast for your eyes, ears and even taste buds through a hearty mixture of gymnastic choreography and energetic music. Did we mention there’s food?

As the talented acrobats from The 7 Fingers troop dance, bounce and twirl around and above the stage during the 90-minute show, your senses are delighted with more than just the typical sights and sounds of a theatrical show. This larger-than-life “kitchen” serves its true purpose – to be a place of sharing. While producing amazing physical feats, these artists capture your hearts with emotional tales from their pasts, all while cooking and sharing the dishes essential to the story (an omelette and banana bread) with you the audience. Consider Cuisine & Confessions a multi-sensory overload that will fill your heart and eventually your belly.

Photo Credit: Alexandre Galliez

These artists capture your hearts with emotional tales from their pasts. Photo Credit: Alexandre Galliez

So who are The 7 Fingers? A branch off of Cirque du Soleil that began in 2002 in Montreal, The 7 Fingers has become known as a “rebel circus” in certain circles. Rebel or not, this cast of talented bouncy and bendy performers has toured more than 300 cities in more than 40 countries and made quite a name for themselves. With a distinct style that pushes them through the air with grace and agility, they have already visited Boston with their shows Traces, Sequence 8, and PSY 7, along with global performances on The Royal Variety Performance and at both the Turin and Vancouver Olympics.

While the thought of seven fingers might wriggle your nose, there’s a sense of beauty in its concept. Taking the French saying “the five fingers of the hand” that describes parts moving closely together for a common good, they instead gave a nod to the company’s seven founding directors (Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila and Samuel Tétreault). Clearly, this team seamlessly combined their artistic visions to create performances that bring audience’s hands together in applause. Boston’s Cuisine & Confessions show is performed by Sidney Iking Bateman, Héloïse Bourgeois, Melvin Diggs, Mishannock Ferrero, Anna Kichtchenko, Nella Niva, Emile Pineault, Matias Plaul, and Pablo Pramparo.

They’re clearly talented circus acrobats but one question remains – can they bake? As the company says, “Come for the circus and stay for the banana bread” to find out.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 617-824-8400 or  online. Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre is located at 219 Tremont Street in Boston.