The kitchen-the only room in the house where families and friends can cook, eat and interact at the same time-is the setting for Les 7 doigts de la main’s circus arts show “Cuisine and Confessions.”
An unusual mix of theater, dance, circus arts and text, “Cuisine and Confessions” features nine multi-disciplinary artists relating humorous, poignant and sad stories about the often complicated relationships between people and food. It’s presented by Performance Santa Fe on February 21 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Thirty minutes prior to the show the performers mingle with the audience, inviting members to come on stage to see their kitchen. It’s a way, explains cast member Mishan Ferrero, of getting everyone involved in the act. The performers actually manage to cook a meal by the end of the show!
“Everything we do and talk about is part of our (the performers) lives,” says Ferrero, who has been touring with the production since 2014. “We worked on the show for more than five months and drew material from our personal experiences.”
Based in Montreal, Canada, Les 7 doigts de la main (the seven fingers of the hand) was formed in 2002 by seven circus arts veterans, most of whom had spent years working with Cirque de Soleil. “Cuisine and Confessions” is one of eight original company shows currently touring. It’s appeared at venues throughout Europe, Russia, Argentina and Canada and is now traveling across the U.S.
“Some of the joy of continually doing this show comes from talking with people we meet along the way,” adds Ferrero. “We hear their stories about the kitchen: the people they share food with and the recipes they create there. It’s really interesting.”