Theater: SAN FRANCISCO’S CLUB FUGAZI RE-OPENS WITH THE 7 FINGERS (North Beach)

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by Tony Frankel on May 19, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Theater-San Francisco / Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO’S HISTORIC CLUB FUGAZI
TO REOPEN FALL 2021

THE 7 FINGERS, THE WORLD-RENOWNED CIRCUS AND ARTS COLLECTIVE,
TO CREATE AN ONLY-IN-SAN-FRANCISCO
INTIMATE AND IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

Club Fugazi — the former home of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon — will become the site of a brand-new theatrical experience from the world-renowned circus and arts collective, The 7 Fingers. The intimate and immersive resident production, created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll, will serve as a love letter to the City by the Bay. Performances of the new production will begin in Fall 2021. For more info, visit Club Fugazi.

I was first introduced to 7 Fingers 10 years ago with their production of Traces in Hollywood. In my review, I said: “Traces is a terrifically tantalizing titillation by seven convivial yet streetwise twenty-somethings who serve up a panoply of pulsating calisthenics that will leave you tickled pink … This is an intimate circus with an inner-city flavor that harks back to the street performances in Montreal, the ones which inspired the original Cirque du Soleil movement.”

Told through death-defying acrobatics, awe-inspiring choreography and movement, and original music, the still-to-be-named production at Club Fugazi invites locals and visitors alike on an exhilarating romp through both the essence and the myth that has earned San Francisco the place it holds in our collective imagination. From the Gold Rush and 1906 earthquake to the Summer of Love and the mysterious fog, San Francisco will vividly come to life through a series of tableaus (acts) that pay homage to the City’s stunning beauty, storied characters, and astounding resilience. The production will play seven performances a week at Club Fugazi.

Since its inception in 2002, the Montreal-based The 7 Fingers has become one of the world’s leading contemporary circus troupes and has been seen by over seven million people in 672 cities in 54 different countries. The 7 Fingers was founded in 2002 by seven Montreal-based artists with the goal of making circus a transformative experience for audiences, and of developing shows in a collaborative creative process that nurtures new generations of circus artists. The company’s name Les 7 Doigts de la Main is a twist on the French idiom “the five fingers of the hand,” used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal. Their work is characterized by the combination of traditional acrobatics with elements of theater, skateboarding, basketball, and more.

The production will feature nine of the world’s best acrobats who have graced the stages of some of the most prestigious venues around the globe: Isabella Diaz (US), Melvin Diggs (US), Devin Henderson (US), Ruben Ingwersen (Australia), Kalani June (US), Jérémi Levesque (Canada), Natasha Patterson (US), Enmeng Song (China), and Junru Wang (China). The creative team includes: Gypsy Snider (Artistic Director), Shana Carroll (Artistic Director), Colin Gagne (Composer), Alexander V. Nichols (Production Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), and Keiko Carreiro (Costume Designer).

Club Fugazi will have a major renovation to make room for this immersive production. Further enhancing the patron’s experience, a curated menu of bites and beverages featuring some of the City’s most well-known purveyors will be available for purchase during each performance.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district, Club Fugazi—built in 1913—has a long and storied arts history. Under the ownership and management of the Italian Community Services, the venue served as the location for jazz pianist Thelonious Monk to record his acclaimed solo album, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (1959). Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, the venue held readings for Beat poets, including the legendary Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, and Alan Ginsberg. In 1967, the Grateful Dead held a release party at Club Fugazi for their first album. The venue became home to Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest-running musical revue, in 1975 where it remained for 45 years. The production played for more than 17,200 performances and to over 6.5 million guests, taking its final bow in 2019. Club Fugazi Experiences will further build on the venue’s artistic legacy.

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