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Shana Carroll

Shana Carroll is co-founding artistic director of Montreal’s Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers), where she has co-directed and choreographed the company’s major touring shows, whether together with the collective (LOFT, La Vie) with partner Gypsy Snider (Traces), with partner and husband Sebastien Soldevila (Sequence 8, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, Cuisine & Confessions), or alone (Psy, Cabaret 2010, FeriAmuse). In 2013, Shana directed the circus show of Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York. In addition to her work within 7 Fingers, Shana's circus directing and choreography credits include the Cirque du Soleil performance at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012), the acrobatic design and choreography of Cirque du Soleil’s show Iris at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre, creation of 4 gold-medal winning acts at the Festival de Cirque de Demain, Il Fait Dimanche for l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montreal, and Quebec’s 400th anniversary performance with forty trapeze artists (2008). She also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for best choreography  for Traces (2008), and a Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle nomination for best choreography for Circumstance (2003). A former trapeze artist, Shana performed for twenty years in the air, within 7 Fingers shows Loft and La Vie (2002-2008), and with a wide variety of circus and dance companies around the world, most notably 7 years as original solo trapeze artist for Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco (1994-2001). Originally from Berkeley California, Shana first started circus at the age of eighteen with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus (1988-1991), and then furthered her trapeze training at Montreal’s Ecole nationale de cirque (1991-1993) and France’s Ecole nationale de cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois (1993-1994). She currently lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, in a renovated convent with other fellow-Fingers.

An Interview with 7 Fingers’ Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll
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An Interview with 7 Fingers’ Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll

28 September 2014

P. Carl interviews 7 Fingers' Gypsy Snider and Shana Carrol.