When: Feb. 4-6, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 7, 2 p.m. 2015
“Les 7 Doigts” means “the seven fingers,” a name that works well for the performance troupe it represents. The nimble, acrobatic dancers perform moves and tricks that embody the hyper-agile ability of someone with a few extra digits to work with. Hailing from Montreal, the acclaimed group has been traveling the United States with its distinct blend of theater, acrobatics, and modern dance. Their performances offer the mind-boggling spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, but stripped down and infused with the intensity and emotion typical of modern dance. While maintaining the athletic impressiveness of traditional circus acts, the troupe satirizes the clichés attached to them. Les 7 Doigts’ current show, Sequence 8, dives into the dichotomy of connection and alienation. The soundtrack samples Puccini’s opera Tosca, but also includes works by Ben Harper and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The eight-person group will perform from February 4–7 at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus.