An evening with the 7 fingers – a fascinating display of mind and body coordination at work

Namratha Rao

Namratha Rao

I distinctly remember reading the quote ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve’ by Napoleon Hill. Never has it made as much impact on me as it did during the performance titled Sequence 8 by 7 fingers. Each of the artists was a wholesome entertainer and a mind-blowing performer, to say the least. 

It all began as a follow up to the interesting group discussions organized by Jeroen van der Meij and Loes Barkema in coordination with Carola Eijsenring. To orienDSCN3932t us (the participants of the Group Discussion), with the activities/events at the Parktheater, we were invited to the show. The idea of poetry in circus intrigued me. How could one live up to such a claim I wondered, as I cycled to the Parktheater.

After most of the audience was seated, the show began with an introduction of the performance. The presenter mentioned that the troupe intends to take the audience on an experiential level rather than create a show that merely felt good when it was performed but which would fade away as time passed. After hearing this, my level of intrigue pretty much shot up to very high levels. In fact, one side of me began to prepare for the disappointment I would feel after a performance that didn’t live up to its promise…But I was wrong in so many ways, thankfully!

Beginning with a quirky monologue, the troupe surfaced on the stage in a manner that seemed casual and unintentional. I can only imagine the level of practice that goes into making a staged performance feel so effortless. Be it the act with the lady who tiptoed and somersaulted on a stretchy plank of some sort to the skilful juggling of wooden blocks (sometimes as huge as boulders) or the hilarious piece where the troupe used the pole to create humour, each piece performed was superb in its own right.

Besides moments throughout the performance where I almost skipped a few heartbeats, the performance on the see-saw depicting life and the relationships we have will always remain special to me. True to what was said in the introduction, the performance touched my soul and connected with me at a very deep personal level. Overall, it was a spectacular show with splendid performers. One that also reminded me of how blessed we are as human beings to have bodies that can be trained to perform such amazing feats and to have minds that help us conceive such incredible concepts. DSCN3954

Had I spoken to the performers, I guess I would say

Dear Performers,

Your talent awes me and I am astounded by the whole performance you put together. Thank you for showing me that with practice and perseverance, I am capable of achieving anything I want. I am amazed by your ability to impact your audience through your art. May your talent be celebrated now and for a long time to come. Thanks again!

Best Regards,

Namratha

 

 

 

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Nuenen Breakfast Trip with Lake Activities

Carlos Ortega

Carlos Ortega

GiT family is always planning activities to make us feel welcome and at home. This time they planned a bike trip to Nuenen, where we enjoyed a really nice breakfast and then we had a great time at Laco Strandbad Nuenen.

Our bike trip to Neunen started in front of the Effenaar, which is a great music venue located just in the city center. It took us around 20 min to get to our destination, and of course we used the main public transport system in The Netherlands, our bikes!  The first stop was at Intratuin, which is a big garden shop. They sell everything you can imagine for a garden. They also have a small food court where we enjoyed a really nice breakfast. We sat in small groups and started to get to know each other.

 

Bike Tour to Nuenen

Our second stop was at Laco Strandbad Nuenen, which was just 10 min walk from Intratuin. In this place you can find all you want to do in a summer day: a small lake in the middle of the woods, beach, outdoor cafe, miniature golf and small paddling boats for renting. I think we tried almost everything. First, we just walk around the lake and enjoyed watching very old (but well-preserved) Volkswagens. Then we went to the lake and tried the paddling boats, we made groups of four people and went around the lake, enjoying the view and the weather, which by the way was really great! Then we moved on to miniature golf. We were amused with all the strategies each of us tried to use to get the “hole in one”. You can call it beginners luck, but some people managed to actually make holes in one, even though for the next hole it took them 5 or 6 shots before they could complete it.

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I would like to thank Carola and the GiT family for their interest and support. I know my wife likes very much all the activities organized by GiT, and I have really enjoyed all the activities I have been part of. I appreciate that these activities give us the opportunity to know different places, get to know new people, and be able to enjoy of a wonderful day (or night). Thank you GiT.

Bike tour to Nuenen

Bike tour to Nuenen