May 15, 2010

Cirque du Soleil's amazing Totem show: in Montreal until July 17

I've seen many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, but I've got to say that the new one that's now being shown at Montreal's Vieux Port left me speechless: it was AMAZING!

It's simply much better than the previous one, OVO. Better music. Better set. Better artists. Better costumes.

 I loved the way the set kept transforming into different natural "landscapes", from sunny beach to muddy marsh (below) and so many other things. How did they do it? Mostly, by projecting images on the slanted platform you see below: creatures swimming in the sea, or a plane flying over a jungle, etc.

©Daniel Demarais, Cirque du Soleil

Here it looks like a moonscape, for example:

©Daniel Demarais, Cirque du Soleil

I loved the number where two huge guys started off dancing to hip hop tunes on a "beach" and they flew across the stage hanging by a rope tied to a metal ring. An incredible show of strength.

I loved almost all the costumes. Here's a stylized "indian", for example:

©Daniel Demarais, Cirque du Soleil

Sexy trapeze number...

©Daniel Demarais, Cirque du Soleil

My favourite number: "Arctic indians" in a very sexy dance on roller skates, on top of a huge drum, with lots of lightning-fast pirouettes and spins.

©Daniel Demarais, Cirque du Soleil

Official Cirque du Soleil website.

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