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Date posted: 01/10/2014

Amazing Acrobatics at Cirque du Soleil in Santa Monica

In the beautiful surroundings of the Grand Chapiteau or the ‘Big Top’ on Santa Monica Pier, this winter a very special show is set to delight audiences. Cirque du Soleil is proud to present Totem, with performances between January 17th and February 23rd.

Since its premiere in April 2010, Totem has become one of the Cirque du Soleil’s most popular touring shows. One of the main issues for the choreographers of the Cirque du Soleil is that their shows are always designed for performance in the Grand Chapiteau circus tent environment, but during their touring life they must be translated onto arena stages and theatrical sets and perform in a number of international locations. Totem, on the other hand, was always designed to have this flexibility, making it an astounding spectacle wherever it goes. Originally, it opened in Canada before touring through Europe and then returning to the United States of America.

The story, explored through dance and extreme circus skills, describes the unique journey taken by the human species as it changed and evolved. From our origins amongst the amphibious creatures right through to the human desire for flight, each stage of this progression is demonstrated in amazing artistic and creative style. With the motif of the giant turtle, which for many historic civilizations was the symbol of all origins, the story moves through the myths and creation legends of numerous ancient cultures painting vivid pictures in the Cirque du Soleil’s inimitable language of performance. Building on this international history is the use of music and rhythmic elements from all over the world, including Native American musical features, Spanish flamenco pieces and Indian music as well.

The cast of more than fifty acrobats and performers take on several key roles throughout the piece, each shown in spectacular costume imitating nature. Of these, one of the most dramatic is the Crystal Man in his suit covered in four thousand five hundred reflective pieces of mirror fragments, which is the heaviest costume in the whole production weighing around eight pounds. The Crystal Man brings the turtle shell to life at the beginning of the show, as well as playing a crucial role in its concluding scenes. Those visiting hotels by Santa Monica Pier should not miss out on the awesome acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil Totem!

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

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