Les 7 Doigts de la Main
Credit: Courtesy of 7 Doigts de la Main

Translated in English as "the seven fingers of the hand," Les 7 Doigts de la Main is named for the French idiom "the five fingers of the hand" – five parts united toward a common goal. Based in Montreal, seven (yes, seven) company members create distinctly choreographed stage shows that highlight the performers as individuals. "Montreal is known for the Cirque du Soleil style of circus," explains Wall. "Seven Fingers wanted to create a more personal style." The company is bringing its show "Traces," which combines contemporary dance with street skills such as basketball and skateboarding, on a U.S. tour in late April and early May.