"A love letter to city and the human body"
San Francisco Chronicle
“There couldn’t be a better time for Dear San Francisco”
"It’s hard not to smile, gasp, clap, or drop your mask-covered jaw in amazement."
"Explosive–street-smart rough and street-smart sexy... they are creating their own legacy"
"If it were possible to actually see the heart of San Francisco, it might look like the beautifully diverse group of awe-inspiring acrobats bouncing around the stage in Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story"
"This living, breathing love letter of a show finds joy in every leap, razzle-dazzle in every flip and absolute joy in every moment."
"Acrobats take over Club Fugazi with strength, grace and glee"
“Bursts with warmth…capture(s) the spirit and resilience of San Francisco”
San Francisco Examiner
"We LOVED IT and will be back." —Deanna H. (Audience Member)
"Intimate, dynamic, riveting, beautiful" —Sarah A (Audience Member)
"Awesome show and something totally unique. Incredibly talented performers." —Juliet K. (Audience Member)
“Amazing from start to finish. Takes you away while welcoming you home.” — (Audience Member)
Powered by exhilarating acrobatics, choreography, spoken word, video projections, shadow play, and original music, Dear San Francisco invites locals and visitors alike on a heart-stopping romp through both the essence and the myth that has San Francisco indelibly etched on our collective imagination.
From the Gold Rush and 1906 earthquake, to beat poetry and the mysterious fog, San Francisco comes vividly to life through a series of tableaus. Performed by an international cast of world-class acrobats across a variety of disciplines - including hoop diving, Chinese pole, Korean plank, hand-balancing, juggling, and “hand-to-trap”.
San Francisco comes vividly to life over 90 action packed minutes that pay homage to the City’s stunning beauty, storied characters, and astounding resilience.
Club Fugazi has become a jazz and poetry cabaret, but one where performers read stirring lines from the Beats before diving through a dangling hoop, each acrobat zhushing the twists and turns of the jump with his, her or their unique showmanship and aura.
In another moment, the freshly renovated North Beach venue has morphed into a playground for a human with insect capabilities, as one performer bops along the interior perimeter of the gleaming white proscenium — up the wall, then upside down, supported by his castmates....
If it were possible to actually see the heart of San Francisco, it might look like the beautifully diverse group of awe-inspiring acrobats bouncing around the stage in Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story. And this is not just any stage: this is Club Fugazi, the storied North Beach theater built in 1913 where Beach Blanket Babylon ran for most of its nearly five-decade run....
Club Fugazi is back — filled with nine sexy acrobats diving through hoops, sliding down poles, standing on top of each other, bouncing off a teeterboard, and, as the name of their show declares, soaring through the air.
“Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story” features The 7 Fingers contemporary circus troupe from Canada in the North Beach theater where, for decades, “Beach Blanket Babylon” delighted audiences with goofy songs and huge headgear until it closed in 2019....
Co-conceived and co-created by Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider
A production of Les 7 Doigts
Directed by Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider
With Isabella Diaz, Melvin Diggs, Devin Henderson, Ruben Ingwersen, Kalani June, Jérémi Levesque, Natasha Patterson, Enmeng Song et Junru Wang
Venue and Production Designer Alexander V. Nichols
Composer Colin Gagné
Sound Designer Jake Rodriguez
Costume Designer Keiko Carreiro
Associate Video Content Creator & Programmer Ahren Buhmann
Lighting Programming Christine Cochrane
Props Master Charis Lam
Script & Dramaturgical Consultant Sara Felder
Original Music and Lyrics Colin Gagné
In collaboration with Guillaume St-Laurent (additional music and arrangements - Hand Balancing), Jean-Sébastien Leblanc (additional music and arrangements - Hoop Diving), Antoine Seychal (additional music and arrangements - Trapeze, Teeterboard), Raphaël D'Amours (additional arrangements - Rollerskating), Isabella Diaz (Additional music and Lyrics - Diabolo)
Singers Alexandre Désilets, Mykalle Bielinsky, Ricky Santoro, Maude Brochu, Véronique Gauthier, Maude Côté-Gendron, Dominique Côté
Instruments Luzio Altobelli (Accordion), Raphaël D'Amours (Guitars), Guido Del Fabbro (Violin), Alex Dodier (Tenor Saxophone), Jonathan Gagné (Drums), Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay (Piano), Jean-Sébastien Leblanc (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), Mathieu Roberge (Upright Bass), Guillaume St-Laurent (Piano)
Live musicians / singers Isabella Diaz , Natasha Patterson, Jérémi Lévesque, Ruben Ingwersen, Kalani June Ridolfi-Dunn
Executive Director David Dower
General Manager Eric Eislund
CEO of The 7 Fingers Nassib El-Husseini
Deborah Barrera, Erica & Russel Berg, Claire Frederick & Rob Hammer, Terry Lorant & Pete Jacobson, Timothy Mott