Workshops with the 7 Fingers!

Air Temple Arts is thrilled to be hosting workshops taught by the amazing Montreal circus troupe 7 Fingers!

The 7 Fingers will be offering four workshops on Monday, June 23rd while they’re in town performing their show TRACES at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas! Get tickets to see Traces

Workshops in the following disciplines will be taught: Diabolo, Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, and Aerial Straps. Workshop material will be dictated by the interests and abilities of the students in class.

All workshops are $60 per person. To register visit: select ‘session classes’ and then ‘workshops’ from the drop down tab.

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Diabolo – 1:00-3:00 with Hou Kai

About the Instructor:
Hou Kai was born in 1993 in Henan Province of China. Hou Kai started his strict training at the age of five at the Shaolin Temple in Henan. This training gave him a strong foundation to become an amazing acrobat in the following years. At the age of eight Hou Kai joined the China Acrobatic Troupe where he went through extensive training. Within nine years he acquired various acrobatic skills such as hoop diving, Chinese diabolo, tumbling, juggling balls, juggling hat, Chinese pole, dancing, and martial arts. Hou Kai’s acrobatic skills have been seen and admired at the Tian Di Theatre for the past nine years. He performed daily with the acrobatic troupe and also had his own Chinese diabolo act. Hou Kai left the China Acrobatic Troup in 2010 to pursue his career as a performer. Apart from China, he also performed in the USA, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Czech, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hungary and Hong Kong. Leaving the stage with loud applause by his breathtaking acts gave him a lot of confidence when performing. Through this experience he can call himself a professional acrobat performer.

Chinese Pole – 1:00-3:00 with Fletcher Sancheztraces-poles-lucas-boutin-mathieu-cloutier-marion-belin-web

This pole workshop is for experienced students who are comfortable moving and working on the Chinese pole. Proper shoes and attire required.

About the Instructor:
With roots in classical dance Jazz and Hip Hop Fletcher started his circus formation at the San Francisco Circus Centre, From there he continued his formation at L’Ecole nationale De Cirque De Montréal and completed their 3 year program. A generalist at heart he loves to try everything but specializes in Chinese Pole, Trampoline Wall, and Teeterboard. He has performed with many companies including: San Francisco Youth Circus, Vau de Vire society, Haut Vol productions, Cirque Productions, Cirque du Soleil, and the 7 Fingers (AMUSE). He was performing for 2 years with Cirque Éloize in their new creation “ID” and works closely with the Catwall Acrobats as one of their main acrobats.

Hand to Hand – 3:00-5:00 with Naomi Zimmerman-Pinchon and Renaldo Williamsnaomi renaldo

This workshop will focus on hand to hand and related skills dictated by the interests and levels of the students in the class.

Advanced students only, existing partnerships preferred.

About the instructors:
Both specializing in hand to hand, Renaldo and Naomi graduated from the national circus school as a duo in 2013. They have since performed their act across the globe for several companies including: Haut Vol productions, Spiegelworld, Cirque Éloize and Les 7 doigts de la main. Starting in 2014 the duo will join the cast of the hit show « TRACES »

Aerial Straps – 3:00-5:00 with LJ Marleslj straps2
This straps workshop is a mixed levels class and is appropriate for beginners and advanced straps artists. The class will be taught to the level of students in attendance.

Students do not necessarily need previous straps experience but should have at least a solid aerial foundation.

About the instructor:
London-boy LJ (Kalyn) fell in love with the circus arts at the age of 18 after taking part in a youth project with the Bassline Circus. A self taught street and hiphop dancer, he spent the next three years at the Circus Space, specializing in aerial straps. After developing his skills and approach, he performed in projects such as Finland’s Turku Festival, France’s Circa Festival, and an out- door series with the British National Theatre. LJ joined TRACES in 2012.

About the 7 Fingers:
Founded in Montreal in 2002, the 7 Fingers initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. They began as artists on stage, creating collectively, and soon branched out, expanding their creative talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches, passing on their collaborative and unique 7 Fingers process to a new generation of circus artists.