Saturday 18 August 2012

Totem: a spectacular show #totem

Stepping into the Royal Albert Hall was like stumbling across some tropical wonderland. Reeds lined the stage and water gently lapped across the floor, birds were singing somewhere up in the Gods. I knew we were in for a fun evening… As someone who has never seen a Cirque de Soleil show, I didn’t quite know what to expect and so spent the next three hours with my mouth wide open and at times gripping the edge of my seat. We saw acrobats hanging by their necks 50ft in the air, climbing poles balanced on a single man’s shoulder, spinning so fast in air that they turned into blurs of colour and even balancing bowls on their heads whilst effortlessly peddling unicycles in unison. The artists made these acts look elegant, beautiful and oh so easy (putting whatever I and anyone-else tries to do in the gym to shame!)  I know the idea of Totem is to tell a story about evolution, certainly there were monkeys and frogs in there, but it did get quite confusing. Not that it mattered. The story of Totem was simply a way to showcase the artist’s fantastic talents and we, the audience, enjoyed every moment of it. Totem is only in London for a limited time, go and visit wonderland before it heads on its way.

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