The 7 Fingers is an arts collective unlike any other. In 2002, the 7 founders set out to redefine circus by stripping down the spectacle to its thrilling essence.
The contemporary company tells stories using death-defying acrobatics with a life-affirming theatricality that is unique to The 7 Fingers. Since its inception, the company has expanded from its own signature touring shows to creating theatrical experiences as diverse as the very artistic directors themselves: original productions varying from intimate one-man shows to large-scale arena performances, Broadway musicals, artistic collaborations with renowned international artists and companies, production design and direction, special events, Olympic ceremonies, televised performances, fashion, art and music events, immersive experiences and much more.
Every one of these projects carries The 7 Fingers’ unequivocal mark. The company has consistently spread its horizons by mixing genres and exploring new ways to tell stories. Fascinated by the human condition, The 7 Fingers create performances that celebrate our world, our time and our humanity. Their shows tour the globe and bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
In 2018, The 7 Fingers opened their very own Centre of Creation and Production. Situated in the heart of Montreal’s downtown theater district, the new centre houses all of the company’s activities, departments and dreams under one roof.
As co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, Shana Carroll directed and/or co-directed Passagers, Cuisine & Confessions, Séquence 8, Traces, Psy, Loft, La Vie, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, and FeriAmuse (short adaptation of Amuse). Through 7 Fingers collaborations and special projets, she created the circus component of Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York City and co-designed of the medieval segment of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Shana is well known for her acrobatic and circus choreography. She choreographed four gold medal-winning numbers at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and directed Il Fait Dimanche for the National Circus School in Montreal. She has frequently collaborated with Cirque du Soleil, most recently as co-director of their first show on ice Crystal, and previously as acrobatic designer and choreographer of Paramour (Broadway) and Iris (Los Angeles), and as choreographer of their performance at the 2012 Academy Awards. Shana has received Best Choreography nominations at the 2008 Drama Desk Awards (Traces) and the 2003 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (Circumstance).
Originally from Berkeley, California, Shana began her career as a trapeze artist with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and went on to a 20-year career in the air with Cirque du Soleil and many others before founding The 7 Fingers.
Isabelle Chassé co-directed and/or performed in 7 Fingers productions Temporel, Vice & Vertu, the third act of Triptyque, La Vie, and Loft. She was the assistant director on Passagers, Reversible, Amuse, and Psy, and a collaborator and performer in The Fibonacci Project. Isabelle has directed performances for numerous special events, including the inauguration of Montreal’s Vitrine Culturelle. In 2013, she served on the jury of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Isabelle is the aerial coach on most 7 Fingers productions. In 2015, she co-directed the acrobatics in Moby Dick, directed by Dominic Champagne. For the past several years, Isabelle has sat on numerous decision-making committees and has played a leading role in the development of the collective’s Creation and Production Centre.
Isabelle grew up in the circus, joining an international tour with Cirque du Soleil at a young age. Shortly after, she and the other young members of her contortion quartet won gold medals at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. Isabelle performed in many other productions and projects including the film Martyrs and the Grammy-nominated short film Satie and Suzanne.
Patrick Léonard co-directed Temporel, Vice & Vertu, La Vie, and Loft, and performed in all four. In 2011, he created Patinoire, his first one-man show, and has been touring with it ever since, including a one-month run at the Avignon Festival in 2014. He regularly participates in The Fibonacci Project, and was cast as the main character with his two daughters in Amuse Un Dia (2013). In 2015, he co-directed the acrobatics in Moby Dick, directed by Dominic Champagne. Patrick has been travelling to Nunavut in Canada’s Far North to work with ArtCirq since 2014. These collaborations led to the artistic co-direction of Unikkaaqtuat, a multidisciplinary production by Artcirq, The 7 Fingers, and Taqqut Productions. The show will premiere in 2019 in Montreal. Patrick also directs, acts, and performs in many of The 7 Fingers’ social cause projects and special events.
A quadruple Canadian champion in artistic roller skating, Patrick trained at the National Circus School after earning a bachelor’s in chemistry. He began his performing career as a clown and diabolo artist at the Casino de Montréal before performing in German cabarets (Wintergarten, Freidrichbau Varieté, Pomp Duck and Circumstance), Teatro Zinzanni, and with Cirque du Soleil and Circus Knie. In 2003, Patrick was awarded the Prix Nikouline for his diabolo duo with Sébastien Soldevila at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.
Gypsy Snider wrote, directed and/or co directed 7 Fingers shows Réversible, Intersection, Amuse, Traces, and Loft. She has choreographed televised feature performances for America’s Got Talent, Her Majesty’s Royal Variety Performance, the illusionist Darcy Oake’s Edge of Reality, and a Bench Denim and Underwear fashion show in the Philippines. In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, she integrated circus into the revival of the Broadway musical. Gypsy’s work on Pippin earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Gypsy is also a guest teacher and guest director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
Originally from San Francisco, Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of The Pickle Family Circus. After receiving her degree in physical theatre from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland in 1993, she performed internationally for 18 years, with Cirque du Soleil and many others.
As co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, Sébastien Soldevila co-directed Cuisine & Confessions, Séquence 8, and Le Murmure du Coquelicot (which he also co-wrote), and co-created and performed in La Vie and Loft. Most recently, Sébastien co-directed Cirque du Soleil’s first circus show on ice, Crystal, with fellow 7 Fingers co-founder Shana Carroll. Upon invitation from the Musical Theatre of Moscow, he directed The Circus Princess, nominated four times at the Golden Mask Awards in Russia. Sébastien's other directing work with The 7 Fingers includes the opening segment of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and performances at the Québec Pavilion at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Sébastien was a soloist with Cirque du Soleil from 1998 to 2001. A former five-time French National Champion (with partner Émilie Bonnavaud in acrobatic gymnastics), Sébastien oversees the acrobatic training on most 7 Fingers shows.
Sébastien earned multiple awards at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, including a gold medal for his hand-to-hand act with Émilie Bonnavaud (2007) and the Prix Nikouline for his diabolo duo with Patrick Léonard (2003).
Samuel is the creator and director of Bosch Dreams, Triptyque, and The Fibonacci Project. He co-created and co-directed Vice & Vertu and Intersection and was a featured artist in Triptyque, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, La Vie, and Loft. In 2014, he co-directed Luces Fugaces, a special creation for the Festival de las Luces in Medellin (Colombia). As the first international director invited by the Imre Baross Circus Arts School in Hungary to stage its annual show, Samuel directed Rengeteg – Looking Out in 2018. Samuel is currently the President of En Piste (the Canadian circus arts association). He is involved in research and development with the Canada Industrial Research Chair in Circus Arts in collaboration with key academics and industry leaders.
Samuel’s hand-balancing career includes more than 1,500 performances of Alegria (Cirque du Soleil), several tours with Orchestra (Cirque Eloize), and performances in many cabarets. His work garnered several awards including a Bronze Lion at Wuquio Acrobatic Festival in China and a silver medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris
Committed to exploring the horizons of human creativity in all its complexity, Nassib El-Husseini has charted a singular and wide-ranging course. After leaving his native Lebanon in the late 1980s, Nassib worked as an advisor and volunteer with numerous Quebecois, Canadian, and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. Following studies in administration and international relations at the American University of Beirut, he obtained a Ph.D. in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1996. In 1998, he published L'Occident Imaginaire (Éditions PUQ).
Nassib El-Husseini's trajectory took a major turn in 2003, when his path crossed that of seven artists determined to make their mark on the world of contemporary circus. With their first show just created, a clear-eyed ally was all the troupe needed to conquer the world. Nassib placed his experience and his passion for art and innovation at the service of the nascent troupe that would become one of the jewels of artistic expression.
As chief executive officer of the company, Nassib has brought his resolutely avant-garde, innovative vision and has turned towards a vast exploration of possibilities. Propelled by these ideas, The 7 Fingers have become a major player in the international art scene.
Nassib El-Husseini is currently the president of the board of directors of CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) and was a member of the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal from 2012 to 2018, as well as a member of the organizing committee of the Canadian Arts Summit in 2019. He sits on the boards of the National Theatre School of Canada, the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles).
In 2013, Nassib was awarded the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)’s Prix Reconnaissance in recognition of his exceptional career. In 2014, he received the Artists for Peace Award on behalf of The 7 Fingers. In 2019, he was presented the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management’s Cultural Manager Award from HEC Montréal. Shortly after, he was named Chevalier (Knight) by the Ordre de Montréal.
Après plusieurs années dans le secteur du tourisme à New York, des communications et de la publicité au sein de plusieurs agences au Liban et à Toronto, Tina est conquise par le style artistique unique des 7 Doigts. Elle rejoint le collectif en 2003 et se consacre au développement de la compagnie sur les cinq continents en tant que directrice de la diffusion et du développement
Francisco began circus at the age of 7 at The San Francisco Circus Centre in California taught by world famous teacher Master Lu Yi. From the moment he started, he quickly fell in love with the idea of flipping and tumbling for the rest of his life. Being homeschooled his entire life, when Francisco was 12, he was able to go on his first cross-country tour with The New Pickle Circus. At the age of 15, he had his own special segment in Evening Magazine on channel 5. In 2002, Francisco moved to Canada to pursue his love of circus by attending The National Circus School of Montreal. Upon graduation, Francisco joined with Les 7 Doigts de la Main to perform in the original cast of the show Traces with which he toured internationally for over 5 years. Looking to discover another side of his circus career, in 2010, Francisco and his wife moved to the Netherlands to teach circus at CODARTS, a world renowned arts university.
Presently, Francisco has since returned to Montreal to once again join Les 7 Doigts de la Main behind the scenes as Head Coach, Head of Casting and Content Creator. Outside of circus, Francisco has a BA degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education from Concordia University graduating with “distinction”. Francisco currently lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters and can be seen skateboarding throughout the summer in the streets of Montreal.
Olivier Rosa has been working in the performing arts field since 1995, mainly specialising in lighting but also, since 2001, acting as a technical director. He's designed lighting for artists such as Chloé Ste-Marie, Florence K, Alain Morisod et les Sweet People, and Krin Haglund, as well as many 7 Fingers special events. Prior to focusing almost exclusively on circus arts, Olivier was the technical director of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for five years. Additional experience as a technical director includes local tours of François Léveillée, Marie-Michèle Desrosiers, Annie Brocoli, Réal Béland, Théâtre Espace GO, as well as international tours of Alain Morisod et les Sweet People, Jamie Adkins, Cirque Éloize, and The 7 Fingers. Before becoming the technical director of The 7 Fingers, Olivier worked with the collective for eight years on shows Loft, La Vie, and Traces.
A specialist in cultural management, Lynne counts over 20 years’ experience in business management and in public and private finance. Passionate about international relations, she began her career in the non-profit sector and later turned to international development, working on bilateral partnership projects with Canada Post, Teleglobe, and SNC-Lavalin, among others. In 2001, Lynne obtained an Executive MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she was able to explore the IT industry, with a particular emphasis on knowledge management. In 2003, Lynne attended the 7 Fingers’ first show in L’Assomption, Quebec. Shortly after, she took on the mandate to develop a merchandising product line for the company while also undertaking its public funding initiatives. Over the years, she’s assisted the collective in many areas – prior to her current role as Finance Director, she handled tasks in departments as varied as marketing, communications, touring, and production.
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Awards and distinctions
Queen of the Night
Category "Unique Theatrical Experience"
Category "Special Event"
Category "Best Choreography"
Héloïse Bourgeois & William Underwood
For the poster of PSY
Trapeze (direction of Emma Henshall' act by Shana Carroll)
Héloïse Bourgeois, Raphael Cruz, Francisco Cruz, William Underwood & Bradley Henderson
Exerpt from Traces
Hand to hand
Sébastien Soldevila & Émilie Bonnvaud
Excerpt from La Vie
Patrick Léonard & Sébastien Soldevila
Excerpt from Loft