Sunday, January 09, 2011

Totem - Cirque du Soleil

It's January so it is time for the annual tour to the Royal Albert Hall by Cirque du Soleil.  This year they have brought Totem.  I nearly didn't buy us tickets.  Well how stupid would that have been!

I think this was our 6th Cirque show.  And it by far eclipsed any that we had previously seen.  There was real innovation and uniqueness to this show.  It all passed us by much too quickly.  It was spell binding, mesmerizing.  Cirque manage to be so much.  The music as ever wonderful, the costumes stunning, the acts jaw dropping.  And it isn't just the acts themselves, even the way they bring on and remove the props is part of the story, done with care and beauty.

Am I being rather effusive, yes.  Do they deserve it, yes!

The clip below is of the trapeze acrobats.  It is a fine example of what makes Cirque different.  It isn't just a circus act.  Here they have choreographed two lovers coming together, the shyness, the pretence, the fooling.  And it is done with some very dangerous acts which are incredible to watch.

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