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Even before entering the Grande Chapiteau, there is whimsy and magic in the air. The signature blue and yellow tent of Cirque du Soleil glows in the setting sun, creating an ambiance of electric energy. Hundreds of people line up with bated breath, knowing they are about to see something spectacular: TOTEM...
The lights go down and a hurried silence spreads through the crowd. Chanting beat music swells through the area, and the giant turtle-shaped structure starts to glow. Slowly descending from the sky is a sparkling figure, slowly spinning and glittering in the spotlight. No, this is not an acid flashback. This is Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show TOTEM. Written and Directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM takes a journey through the evolution of Man. From primitive form all the way up to the ultimate fantasy of flying.
The show was absolutely awe-inspiring, from the performances to costumes, music to sets. All was top-notch, with no expense spared. As always, you leave Cirque du Soleil with a feeling of euphoria mixed with depression. The euphoria comes from the incredible spectacle that leaves you believing in magic. Depression from the realization you will never be as fit, talented, flexible, fearless or captivating as the individuals that make up the TOTEM cast and crew. We peons can only watch from the sidelines as these athletes show us what the human body is capable of. How did they do that? Why can he do that with his legs? Is her head going to rip off from the rest of her body if she continues to do that? Seeing TOTEM is an out of body experience that raises more questions than it answers.
To make a long story short: go see it. While tickets can creep to the higher side of things, they always deliver your money’s worth. If anything, it is worth it to see the roller-skating natives do something that makes you scratch your head and then break into applause. I won’t give it away, because half the fun is letting your jaw hit the floor.
Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM, Until July 31, 2011
Under the blue-and-yellow Grande Chapiteau at the Quays of the Old Port