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article imageTraces Is A Breathtaking Show

By KJ Mullins     Oct 27, 2007 in Entertainment
The stark stage with a chair here and there and a piano that looks to be made of scrap wood looms before you. Soon it will be time, the clock is ticking down for the Friday night performance of Traces playing at Panasonic in the heart of Toronto.
Simple objects become transformed. The audince becomes witness to as a book and a chair, a basketball, skateboards all feature as dance partners. The five members of this new style of circus bring you into their world, a world where they want to leave their traces as time runs out.
A microphone dangles as they tell the audience about themselves, quickly for time is of the essence and there's not much time left.
Héloïse Bourgeois, Francisco Cruz, Raphael Cruz, Brad Henderson and Will Underwood use their talents of acrobats, dance and acting to amaze those seated in the packed theatre.
A dance of love performed by Heloise and Will is breathtaking.
The use of two poles has the audience holding their breathe as the troupe goes higher and higher in perfect choreography.
A basketball relay shows us that dance and sport merge into one.
Those who thrive on the spoken word will adore a bit of poetry about time.
Each act of Traces brings you closer into their sheltered world.
The four men of the play have known each other most of their lives, honing their craft from the age of 8 until 18 at the San Francisco Circus Center. Their love of the circus brought them to Montreal's l'École Nationale de Cirque in 2002 where they met Paris born Heloise. The five spent the summer of 2004 touring Europe as "The Abandoned Acrobats" winning the Bronze and Public awards at the Sol y Circo festival in Sylt, Germany.
7 Fingers wisely grabbed this talented group as soon as they graduated.
The performance is well worth the ticket price as last night's standing ovation bore witness. If your have the chance to see the newest wave of circus take it. Time is on your side.
Tickets $50 - $60; students/youth $35 (plus service change) and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 416-872-1111, online at or in person at the Panasonic Theatre box office.
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