Cirque du Soleil’s Totem – Reviewed

February 20th, 2014 | by Annie
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem – Reviewed


Cirque du Soleil is a traveling Canadian circus but with an arguably adult theme. It’s not hard to understand they are the largest theatrical production in the world.

The Canadian’s are known for expressing their most heartfelt feelings and so in that spirit we had tickets for the 4:30pm show the day after St. Valentine’s Day. In fact, we went all out and opted for the VIP package.

Parking as it is with most places worth visiting in LA arrives at a premium. The VIP experience includes “complimentary parking” but I would strongly recommend locating the parking structure before your drive to the show. Parking is actually located more than a few miles away closer to the Santa Monica Civic Center. Once you are parked, a crew directs you to a bus shuttle which whisks you away down to the Santa Monica Pier where you arrive what looks like an old fashioned big top from the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Once inside we had our included VIP photos taken and ample amounts of alcohol and canapés were available to us. We found ourselves in a lush red curtained area and we felt very special indeed. The excitement was high when at five minutes before the start time we were politely ushered to our seats.

The theme of the show revolves around the evolution of mankind. The whole show is told in individual mini-acts all based on this overall theme. Each act, some solo, some group efforts involve astonishing feats of acrobatics, juggling and theatrics. There’s more than just the traditional circus acts or the jaw-dropping acrobatics going on here. There’s a modern flare to the show, a sense of wonderment and amazement at the miraculous expressiveness of the human body.

There’s plenty to keep the audience enthralled. The show begins with mind-blowing gymnastics from performers in exquisite, chameleon type costumes. That act is soon followed by dazzling Chinese women on unicycles tossing bowls with their feet and catching them on their heads follows soon after. I won’t spoil the surprise by giving away all the acts but I will say we were disappointed by none. There were plenty of humorous and tongue in cheek moments.

There’s something magical in itself about experiencing this under the fabulous Grand Chapiteau. Add to that the intricate lighting and flamboyant costumes and you’ve got a truly unmissable spectacle. They say every Cirque du Soleil leaves you wondering “How did they do that?”, and Totem is no different.

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