"In captivating ‘Passengers,’ this train is bound for glory."
Boston Globe (USA)

"The 7 Fingers achieves what most contemporary circus acts can only dream of — the fusion of mass entertainment and intellectual exploration."
The Bay State Banner (USA)

"An illustration of grace, freedom, moments of wonder and leaps of faith."
The Guardian (UK), 2021

"Passagers marries imagery, music and acrobatic performances in an evocative and inspiring whirlwind.”
Le Devoir (Canada)

"A stunning circus show. Plaudits to Shana Carroll for writing, directing and choreographing it so astutely."
The Times (UK), 2021

"We find the signature of the collective, combining circus, music, contemporary dance and physical theater."
Circus Talk (USA)

"Ingenious staging and spectacular acts."
RDI (Canada)

"Passagers is a multidisciplinary, multisensory show."
Huffington Post (Canada)

"One of the strengths of the company is to bring together people from different backgrounds under one roof, driven by the powerful desire to dream."
Circus Talk (USA)

"A self-contained world filled with imagination and possibility, one that is by turns charming and poignant, exciting and ruminative."
The Arts Fuse (USA)

"With poetry and nostalgia, it’s human beings, in all their diversity, their contradictions and their excesses, that remain at the heart of this show."
Le Journal de Montréal (Canada)

"Once again, they have drawn on their wildest imagination and created a show that keeps spectators enthralled."
Mat TV (Canada)

"Like a jump into the future."
The Argumenti i Fakti Newspaper (Russia)

"The beauty and ingenuity of this show make it a must-see for all audiences."
The Harvard Crimson

"This is going to be the shortest review I’ve ever written. Here goes: O.M.G!"
North West End (UK), 2021

"It seems that the artist have discovered a special secret to overcome gravity, their flying under the ceiling without safety line appear to be so light and easy."
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta Newspaper (Russia)

 
PASSAGERS

NOW ON TOUR !

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Departure vs. transit vs. arrival. Chance vs. choice vs. destiny. Stillness vs. acceleration. Reflection vs. transparency. Familiar vs. foreign. Private vs. public. Confinement vs. border-crossing. Bright headlights vs. tunnel-darkness. Past vs. future…
 
Our fascination with trains is both a nostalgic one — dreams of another era, another land — and a symbolic one: life happens along this track of sorts, twisting and turning through valleys and plains. We speed through lands all the while staring out the window, at the reflection of our very own eyes superimposed upon the shifting landscape. Tearful goodbyes, anticipatory reunions. Fateful encounters inside the cabin. A community of strangers with one thing in common: we all have somewhere to go. Our reasons for leaving may differ but we are joined in a moment of suspended limbo between two lives, as we say goodbye to one and prepare for another.
 

Calendar
Music

The original music of Passagers is available on Bandcamp. (Updated Sept. 2021)

Departure // Creation in confinement

Creating this act 2 years ago, on the themes of saying goodbye, of closing chapters and beginning new ones, of retaining the memory of those who touched us on our flesh, allowing it to propel us forward… we never could have known the relevance it would hold today.

Hand-to-Trap

 

What is it to perform when there is no audience? Is it still performing if there is no “stage”? No fellow cast members to interact with. No lights. No costumes. No stage hands. No applause. Can we call it performance if there is no one to witness it?   

Boxed In // Creation in confinement

What is it to perform when there is no audience? Is it still performing if there is no “stage”? No fellow cast members to interact with. No lights. No costumes. No stage hands. No applause. Can we call it performance if there is no one to witness it?

Boston Audience Testimonial

Original Idea Shana Carroll
Direction and choreography by Shana Carroll assisted by Isabelle Chassé

Coproducer
TOHU (Montreal, Canada)​
ArtsEmerson (Boston, USA)

Commissioning Partners
Moscow Musical Theatre (Moscow, Russia)

Cast 2021 Lucas Boutin, Louis Joyal, Anna Kichtchenko, Guillaume Paquin, Maude Parent, Pablo Pramparo, Samuel Renaud, Sabine Van Rensburg, Marilou Verschelden

Original Cast Sereno Aguilar, Louis Joyal, Maude Parent, Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg, Conor Wild, Freyja Wild Guest cast members include
Anne-Marie Godin, Anna Kachalova, Matias Plaul, Pablo Pramparo, Chloé Somers

Scenography Ana Cappelluto
Musical Director Colin Gagné
Video Designer Johnny Ranger
Lighting Designer Éric Champoux
Costume Designer Camille Thibault-Bédard
Head Coach Francisco Cruz
Texts Shana Carroll 
Text, Einstein’s Train Conor Wild


Project Manager Sabrina Gilbert
Production coordinator Yagub Allahverdiyev (recreation 2021)
Technical Director Simon Lachance (creation 2018) and Michel Bisson (recreation 2021)
Stage Manager Charlotte Legault (creation 2018) and Karine Perron (recreation 2021)
Make-Up Negar Ostad (recreation 2021)
Assistante à la direction technique Marie-Hélène Grisé

Video Coordinator Dominique Hawry (creation 2018) and Yagub Allahverdiyev (recreation 2021)
Video Programmation Laura-Rose R.Grenier
DOP - Shooting Mark Ó Fearghaíl (creation 2018) and Harley Francis (recreation 2021)
Video Animation Yannick Doucet & Remi Borgeal
Sound Engineer Jérôme Guilleaume
Light Programmation Stéphane Lecavalier
Electric Chief Gabriel Fournier-El Ayachi
Trapeze Coach Véronique Thibault
Gréeurs de création Stéphane Beauchet and Nicolas Lemieux
Assistante à la scénographie Dominique Coughlin
Assistante aux costumes Catherine Veri
Stagiaire en gréage Joanie Audet

Music

Music, Lyrics, sound design and arrangements Colin Gagné

in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Leblanc (arrangements Contorsion, Hulahoop and Trapeze )
Boogát (Lyrics Juggling), Freyja Wild (Lyrics Roaming Song), Jérôme Guilleaume (arrangements Juggling) 

Opening, Tight Wire and Epilogue music is based on a theme composed by Raphael Cruz

Voice and instruments 
Boogát, Maude Brochu, Alexandre Désilets, Guido Del Fabbro, Jérôme Dupuis-Cloutier, Jonathan Gagné, Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay, Dominiq Hamel, Sheila Hannigan
Olivier Hébert, Frannie Holder, Anna Kichtchenko, Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, Jeffrey Moseley, Maude Parent, Pablo Pramparo, Mathieu Roberge, Guillaume St-Laurent, William Underwood

Touring Team 2021

Tour Manager Guillaume Biron
Technical Director Michel Bisson
Rigging Pascal Lacas
Light Operator Gabriel Fournier-El Ayachi
Sound & Video Operator Didier Bergeron
 

Thanks

ACMÉ Décors (Mario Bonenfant & Étienne Boucher-Cazabon), Lionel Arnould, Concept ParaDesign, Emilie Bonnavaud, Nicolas Belle-Isle, Manuel Chantre, CRITAC (Patrice Aubertin, Marion Cossin, Jean Thibault), Antoine Grenier, Mathieu Grégoire, Patrick Handfield, Camille Labelle, Cédric Lord, LSM (Michel Baron & Julien Perron), Ovations Atelier (René Ross), XYZ Technologies (Camille St-Germain)

This show is dedicated to Raphael Cruz