Amazing, spectacular, breathtaking are some of the adjectives I can use to describe the newest Cirque du Soleil show entitled TOTEM! Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the afternoon show. Honestly, I have never attended a Cirque du Soleil show, but my parents have and they had wonderful things to say about it. Cirque du Soleil has a rich history, starting in Quebec back in 1984 with only 20 street performers, Cirque has grown to employed 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. As of today Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.
TOTEM opened on January 10 at the trademark blue-and-yellow big top at Sun Life Stadium and will be showing through February 24, 2013. TOTEM is visually captivating and a show that needs to be experienced. Even before anyone steps onto the stage, the show performers mingle and greet the show-goers.
A little bit about TOTEM…
Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.
I will not be giving away any important details because I said before this show needs to be experienced. Throughout the show you will experienced a lot of symbolism, you will be mesmerize be the performers talented endeavors. You will find yourself completely emerge and will be surprise at what these true artist can do with music, lights and their pure talent.
As a treat, I was invited back stage to see how Cirque du Soleil pulls this great show. Cirque du Soleil mobile village includes the Big Top, Grand Chapiteau, one large entrance tent, artistic tent, box office, kitchen, school, offices, warehouse and more. I learned that it takes eight days to set up and 3 days to deconstruct the entire mobile village. Did you notice above how I mention a school? Yes, The cast of TOTEM comprises 53 artists from 18 countries, there are 120 touring employees with 50 official accompanying members (spouses and family). There are a total of 170 on the road, which includes 23 children between the ages of 6 months to 17 years old. I was also surprise to learned that all the performers do their own make-up and all the show costumes are all made in Montreal.
I want to thank Cirque du Soleil for giving me the opportunity to experience this amazing show for myself and look forward to taking my children to experience it as well. Have you ever been to any Cirque du Soleil shows before? Would love if you can share with me your experiences.
Disclosure: I was provided two tickets to TOTEM to facilitate this review. All opinions above are 100% mine and not influenced by anything or anyone. No Monetary compensation was received.