Jerry and I saw the new creation of Cirque du Soleil: Totem. The Giant Blue and Yellow swirled-striped tents sit on a quay in the Old Port of Montreal. As the Cirque is based in Montrael, traditionally the newest creation is debuted on the Montreal quay. Always very exciting to see a new Cirque du Soleil performance, its always special to us to walk through Old Montreal to the big tent and to see it here.
In the words of the Cirque: TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of 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.
As always the performance intertwines the humorous with the profound, the quirky with languid beauty, "small" subtle feats of concentration with "big" eye popping feats of strength. Costumes and music were magical.
We especially loved the opening act of the 2nd act where a couple flirt and fight and ultimately intertwine suspended above the floor on a Fixed Trapeze. The amerindian Hoop Dancer was a portrait in grace, coordination, and tradition. The Devil Sticks act was a "smaller act" but no less mesmerizing. I could go on and on and ultimately end up describing the entire show including the amusing "Italian Tourist Clown" (call me, okay???)
Totem opens in Quebec City on July 22nd and Amsterdam in October. With more cities to follow.