The hardest part about reviewing something as spectacular as TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil is trying to capture the intensity of everything that happened on, around and above the stage.
The lights, the music, the costumes, the stage, the performers, and musicians all astounded me even though I have been to several different Cirque du Soleil shows in the past.
Every year, when they come to San Diego with a new show, I find myself wondering how they could possibly outdo the last, but somehow, they do.
Did I mention the stage? The moving bridge, ladder, boat and the screen floor with ‘moving’ water and the props that the performers used to make their magic happen were creatively designed and the technology behind them surpassed every expectation I could have had for what is usually not such a large presence in a live show.
I took my 8-year-old son with me and he was equally as blown away as I was. His favorite parts were the frogs at the beginning jumping on the built-in trampoline and the gorillas throughout the performance leading into a scene of a line-up evoking the idea of evolution ending with a business man in a suit and tie with a cell phone.
My favorites included the women on unicycles who tossed silver bowls onto each others heads with their feet, the couple in yellow who fought – and flirted – at great heights with a single trapeze – and the couple wearing roller skates (and little else) along with a small bit of passion to tell their story.
The crowd got into each act, clapping along, cheering on the performers and celebrating their success when one performer landed on his feet after being tossed up in the air and then ‘caught’ by the two men holding the skinny balancing beam underneath him.
Trust is essential for the people on stage and timing is crucial. The training and practice that must go into each performance pays off when the final act ends with a standing ovation and the crowd roars with excitement at having witnessed such spectacular and – what appears to many – as unbelievable performances that happen with such grace and bravery.
If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance before, I highly suggest you see this one before it leaves San Diego. While every Cirque du Soleil “story” is different, I have yet to meet anyone in attendance that has walked away disappointed.
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Applicable on select performances on Price level 1, 2 & 3 only. Prices shown during the purchasing process already reflect this offer and will appear as a 25% discount on each ticket. Maximum of 19 tickets per purchase. All tickets subject to regular service and delivery charges. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not applicable to previous purchases. All sales final, no refunds nor exchanges. Offer expires May 14, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Offer applicable on TOTEM in San Diego, CA.