Aug 11, 2011

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

Mesmerizing. Breathtaking. Magical. Enchanting. Astonishing. Magnificent. Moving. Overwhelming. Thrilling. Inspiring. Alluring. Captivating. Enthralling. Fascinating. Spellbinding. 

There aren't enough adjectives to describe the wonder that is Cirque du Soleil TOTEM. I received an invitation to the private preview of the show a couple of weeks ago and was brimming with excitement ever since. I'm a big Cirque fan, having been to shows in Toronto when I was younger and most recently in Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil O was my gold standard, but TOTEM knocked O off its pedestal. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
Held under the Grand Chapiteau, TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Through acrobatics and visuals, TOTEM illustrates the evolutionary progress of species. We all know I'm a sucker for anthropology and evolution, but TOTEM takes science and legend to a whole new level. With stunning visuals and insane acrobatic acts, it's impossible to to take your eyes off the show. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
The TOTEM performers put on the show of their lives last night. Almost every act received a standing ovation and the crowds went wild for the abs, flips, balancing, juggling, bar dancing and hoops. The acts were literally out of this world. I'm still not sure how anyone discovers they have the talent to juggle fabric on their foot, balance a 20-foot poll and a man on their head or monocycle while catching and balancing bowls on their head, but Cirque du Soleil sure managed to find, and train, these people. The dedication that goes into every act is extraordinary and the performers deserve to be celebrated.

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil
Last night's premiere was truly an A-List event. From the champagne flutes to the mini cupcakes and the bamboo sticks to the chocolate squares, TOTEM screamed decadence and wonder. Media and Toronto's elite were the guests of honor last night, and I'm thrilled to have been included in such an amazing night.

Alanna and Leah, pre-TOTEM
Regardless of how many Cirque du Soleil shows you've seen, TOTEM is not to be missed. The show is only in Toronto until October 9 and it's worth every penny. What are you waiting for? Escape reality and enter the surreal world that is Cirque du Soleil TOTEM. Get your tickets now.

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil

1 comment:

  1. The themes are found in metaphors and relationships, but are located fluidly adequate to allow the audience to enjoy the display that is the hallmark of the company.


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