The 7 Fingers

Samuel Tétreault

Choreographer and Performer

Rehearsal of the piece (GEYSERS).

Lenght: 25 min

Indoors programming
Tuesday, September 13th, 8:00 PM
Grands Ballet Canadiens's Studio-Théâtre at Wilder Building



Written for a handbalancer, the piece goes beyond acrobatic virtuosity to explore the introspective process and reflect on the nature of balance. In an imaginary restricted space within the clutter of our individual and collective subconscious, the solo questions our need for control and stability and our desire for abandonment and freedom. 

Left to his own device, the individual regains consciousness within his spirit’s meanderings, looking for his bearings in the dark and cluttered space of forgotten memories, dark and happy thoughts, dreams, lies and truths. His balance sticks are his anchor points, representing the parts of himself he must grab onto to find his way through the rubble.

While conversing with his own ego, he lets himself be carried away in dizzying excesses, regains controls, stops and gets carried away again. Between stillness and movement, he slowly clears out the shadows, frees himself from them and opens inner spaces to let the light shine through and dance with him. 


Cofounder and co-artistic director of Les 7 doigts de la main, Samuel is known for his far-out creativity. His interest for interdisciplinary creation has motivated him to direct various shows in circus arts, dance, theatre, visual arts, video, and historical research alike. His creations have been presented all over the world, including at the Sadler’s Wells Theater, Les Nuits de Fourvière, the Melbourne Art Festival, La Villette and the Hong Kong Art Festival.

Artistic vision

As a handbalancer, I have been practicing staying still for over 30 years. Yet, I have been fascinated with dance, aka the art of movement, since the beginning of my professional career. Dance is the necessary antithesis in the endless search for perfect balance, and a burning desire to move and revel in dancing has always been a part of me. I continually explore dialogue opportunities between dance and balance, trying to develop and perfect a hybrid language integrating both disciplines.

Performer: Samuel Tétreault


Portrait photo credit : Francisco Cruz

Performance photo credit : Sergio Veranes