As soon as I learned that Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Totem’ was coming to Brisbane this year, it went straight onto my 2015 Bucket List (I really need to find a new name for this thing). My US and Canadian followers might wonder why this was such a big deal, but Cirque Du Soleil only comes to Australia once every 2-3 years – we can’t just go on a road trip to get our fix.
So when I was invited to opening night (for work, not this blog. I’m not that cool yet), I was pretty damn excited. I may have even squealed a bit and texted my mum – no shame here, these things don’t happen to kids from my small hometown.
The circus was the first big “thing” I remember doing as a kid. I would have been about 4 or 5 when one day, my brother and I were put into our good clothes and taken to the circus, which for who-knows-what reason, was in our tiny town.
This one was the whole shebang – acrobats, clowns, and elephants – and I was totally mesmerized.
It’s safe to say the fascination has continued, although clowns don’t really cut it anymore and Australia’s last circus elephant, Saigon, retired in 2010 (rightfully so). Now it’s all down to the ridiculously fit, flexible and fearless people we call acrobats.
I love that in a time of smartphones and 3D TVs, we’re still utterly amazed by things that humans have, technically, been physically able to do for centuries. It’s a great equalizer. You can be sitting next to a crazily rich, well-educated guy with a mansion and a Ferrari, and even they sit there going “damn, I wish I could do that.” For two hours, everyone wants to be that super flexible, dedicated girl who dropped out of conventional school when she was 14 to focus on gymnastics.
And when it comes to this, Cirque Du Soleil is among the best of the best – hence my ridiculous excitement levels. I’d seen a couple of their former artists in Le Noir last year (which is less pretty, but more heart-stopping – depends what you’re into), and was so ready for “the real thing.”
I won’t go into much detail because my words won’t do it justice, but holy wow, Totem did not disappoint. With the tagline of “a journey into the evolution of mankind,” expect monkeys, scientists, really cool tribal-inspired elements and some smoking hot chicks in leotards that I didn’t quite grasp the relevance of.
The performers were incredible, the set and costumes were stunning, and they also get big points from me for having at least part of a live orchestra. I loved the continuation of a couple of “characters” throughout the show (instead of just chopping and changing from one act to another as some circuses do) and hey, as far as clowns go, theirs were OK.
‘Totem’ is showing in Brisbane until the 24th of May, before moving to Adelaide and then Perth – get your tickets ASAP, it’s totally worth it.
Already been? What did you think?