If you’ve been past Northshore Hamilton lately you would have seen the giant yellow and blue big top stretched high into the sky. It is colourful and bright, a spectacle amongst the riverside city life. But what’s inside is even more magical than you could ever imagine.
TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil has arrived in Brisbane, opening to a buzzing crowd on Friday April 10 and staying in town for 6 weeks to woo us Brisbane folk with a show unlike any other. If you’ve been lucky enough to see Cirque du Soleil in all its glory last time it was in the sunshine state, you’ll know that you must see TOTEM under the big-top.
TOTEM has new acts for the devoted fans (and there are many) combined with some of their old, equally spectacular stunts to wow and mesmerise newcomers. Tracing humankind’s incredible journey from its original amphibian state to the ultimate quest for flight, TOTEM explores the dreams and potentials inspired by the story of evolution and celebrates the circle of life. Quite simply, TOTEM is a spectacle unlike any other.
If you still need more convincing, here’s 20 reasons why you need to see TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.
- This week, April 22 to be exact, TOTEM celebrates its fifth anniversary in Brisbane after touring through 28 cities in 6 countries, performing 1730 times and mesmerising 3,790,000 spectators.
- A total of 85 sea containers are used to transport close to 2000 tonnes of equipment – that’s a lot of extravagant costumes, bright lights, jaw-dropping props and high-tech equipment!
- Each show could not be made possible without the 46 artists and 66 technicians and employees that travel with TOTEM.
- Brisbane-born designer Kym Barrett conceptualised the 750 costume pieces that are worn throughout the show to completely transform performing artists into geckos, apes and cosmonauts and more (GO QLD!).
- One costume alone is made up of 4500 Swarovski crystal mirrors, resembling an 80’s disco ball before launching into a routine.
- World-renowned stage and film director Robert Lepage seamlessly integrates the theme of evolution, the fascinating journey of the human species and the infinite capacities of man into two acrobatic, action-packed halves.
- Each scene transports you to a unique setting, morphing from a beach to a sea and then a starry sky, rainforest paradise and circus theme finale.
- Humour is weaved into stunning performances of strength, flexibility and artistic prowess. You’ll have a belly laugh when Clown Misha takes to the stage to make clever music with cooking utensils. Your jaw will also drop and a laugh will escape when a scene unfolds and the modern man is trailed by prehistoric time.
- You’ll be completely transported to the world of TOTEM for 2 hours. There’s no lull; intricate performances and sequences are consistent in the foreground and background so there’s always somewhere to look (perhaps too many places to look at once!).
- When you think you’ve scene it all the stage rises and you are greeted by an unexpected performer.
- The 46 artists and performers mirror their characters perfectly, whether it is moving like an amphibian or walking in out of space, they’re in sync with the character beyond human possibility.
- As TOTEM traces the story of evolution, the show features Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons to primates and 21 century men in suits as the story alternates between primitive and modern myths.
- The opening scene is performed on a stage that resembles the beautiful shell of a turtle, a symbol of heaven and earth representing mankind’s profound metamorphosis from oceanic depths to terrestrial inhabitants.
- Through the story of evolution TOTEM explores themes of mutation, seduction, nature, culture, attraction, passion, celebration, science, elegance and innovation. Each story is clear through a mixture of dance, acrobatics, visual effects, encapsulating audio and dramatic movement.
- One of the highlights of the show is when 5 unicyclists take to the stage perched atop sky-scraping unicycles in a celebration of nature that would take a lifetime of balance and synchronicity to master (my Mum is still talking about it!).
- Meanwhile elegance and beauty is depicted by two crystalline figures while trapeze artists embody the art of falling in love.
- The colours of TOTEM are vivid, electric and show stopping.
- 2014 was the 30th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil – that alone is a feat great enough to demand your attention. Cirque du Soleil was dreamed up in 1982 and started touring in 1985 through Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, Asia and Mexico.
- Athleticism and the strength of the body are seamlessly combined with beauty, the power of dreams and imagination with a dose of humour.
- The iconic blue and yellow big-top that has been erected at Northshore Hamilton seats 2600 people (with not a bad seat in the house) and takes 8 days to completely set up. The tent is 19mx51m, covering 4506 square metres with 550 pegs fixed to the ground to secure the venue.
TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil is showing in Brisbane until May 24th after adding an additional week of shows to the program before bee lining to Adelaide and then Perth for another round of shows. To check ticket prices and book online (you should do so ASAP) click here. For more information about the show visit the TOTEM page on www.cirquedusoleil.com.