Last night I was invited to the Brisbane premier of Cirque du Soleil Totem, and it was, simply put, amazing.

Despite having not seen Cirque du Soleil before, my expectations where very high; I’ve heard the hype and watched snippets of it here and there, even a documentary once! I loved Cavalia, and I was sure Cirque du Soleil Totem was going to be just as fantastic. Let me tell you, it absolutely exceeded every preconceived notion I had. IT IS AMAZING. Yes, caps. #sorrynotsorry! Cirque du Soleil are celebrating their 30th year, and this is Totem’s 5th year on stage, so rest assured that this act has been honed to it’s finest performance.

The thing about Cirque du Soleil is that it is not just incredible performances from almost supernaturally talented artists who have done nothing but practice for years this very act you are now looking at with disbelieving eyes; it is brilliant outfits put together by a top notch wardrobe department full of artisans who have hand painted and hand-beaded every minute detail; it is a stage that is so technically advanced it continues to surprise until the very end of the performance; it is incredibly evocative live music that organically weaves through each act; it is the mastery of the lighting technicians, the skill and imagination of the make up artists. All of this – all of it – culminates in harmony to bring you the most awe inspiring moment, every moment, for the 2 hours or so of each performance.

I don’t want to ruin any surprises for you, but some highlights for me where:


5 Mongolian ladies tossing and catching metal bowls whilst riding 2m tall unicycles.


These glow in the dark alien tumblers.


The high swing performers. So sweet.


A Native American wedding on roller skates. Fearless and achingly beautiful, I wasn’t surprised to find out this is performed by a married couple.

There was A LOT more to see, trust me. Or better yet, go see it for yourself and choose your own favourites. If you want to be amazed and delighted, get goosebumps and maybe a bit teary, go. GO.


Cirque du Soleil TOTEM
Brisbane dates 10th April – May 24th 2015
Under the Big Top at Hamilton, Brisbane
Go here for tickets

NB: I attended Cirque du Soleil Totem as a guest and received no financial reimbursement for attending, or writing this review. All words, enthusiasm and neccesary hyperbole are my own. 

8 thoughts on “Cirque du Soleil: Totem. YOU MUST GO

  • 04/11/2015 at 3:25 AM

    Oh how I love Cirque du Soleil! People who don't love it, are people who haven't seen it!

    • 04/12/2015 at 5:22 AM

      This was my first time and I am still gobsmacked at how fantabulous it was! I joked on instagram that I was running away to join the circus but I'm sure the only thing I'd be talented enough for is maybe cooking for them.

  • 04/11/2015 at 12:16 PM

    I'm a huge Cirque du Soleil fan. Totem looks magnifique. My invitation must have been lost in the (e)mail. ,,,)

    • 04/12/2015 at 5:23 AM

      I'm sure I only got tickets because someone must have pulled out. It was jam packed! xx

  • 04/11/2015 at 6:47 PM

    I have seen many a Cirque du Soleil shows, all are breathtaking. It pains both hubby and I that we've missed the last two shows, but the kids have had come first in those instances. I hope we can arrange to see this show this time. I'm glad you had a wonderful time, it's always such an incredible experience attending and when you leave you feel as though you're walking on air.

    • 04/12/2015 at 5:26 AM

      I cannot wait to take the kids, although I'm scared they will come home and rig up some Russian Bars in the back yard. I whispered to Mr BC halfway through 'Do you think if we stopped telling the boys to STOP the hi-jinks they might develop an act of their own?" It's so inspirational, I think they might. xx

    • 05/27/2015 at 2:33 AM

      Babes, I'd go every MONTH!

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