Cirque du Soleil’s awe inspiring production of TOTEM has now opened in Sydney at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, where they have put up their trademark blue and yellow big top on the show ring.
Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers from around the globe, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects.
Incredible acrobatic feats are a highlight of this production, along with the sensational costumes that are a signature of Cirque du Soleil. One of the best performances in the production are the troup of females riding atop very high unicycles who never miss a beat as they catch items in bowls attached to their heads. Quite breathtaking.
Adding to the excitement is “The Crystal Man” who drops down from the tent’s highest point and the two native American hoop dancers. Another mesmerising act was the visually beautiful trapeze duo who perform without a safety net.
Written and directed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond