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.
GO. YOU MUST SEE IT.
Cirque du Soleil TOTEM
Brisbane dates 10th April – May 24th 2015
Under the Big Top at Hamilton, Brisbane
Go here for tickets https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/totem/tickets.aspx
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.