Theater Review: Terrific Mini-Alt Circus 'Traces' in Town
Traces—playing now at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood—is being billed as a circus. It is and it isn’t. There are no clowns or goth fire eaters, but no matter what you call it, Traces is brilliant and fun in its simplicity. The French Canadian Company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers) brings a mix of theatrics, projections, parkour, acrobatics and sports to the stage in their first show in LA.
Inevitably, the company will garner comparisons to the other French Canadian behemoth Cirque du Soleil, but think of Traces as a smaller, hipper alternative, minus the flamboyant costumes and cheesy music. And it’s not as goth as Cirque Berzerk at Club Nokia. These seven performers mostly wear kick-back khakis to perform, sticking to the urban theme of the whole production.
Six men and one woman perform high-energy acrobatics in between short snippets and stories from their lives. There really isn’t a narrative in this show, but the stunts are amazing, you really don’t mind. In between tumbling routines, stunts with a seesaw and pole climbing, are slower routines, presumably for the small cast to catch their breath.