Cirque du Soleil

Have you ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show? They are absolutely incredible.

This year I have been lucky enough to see two, we saw Mystere in Las Vegas and the latest offering Totem in Montreal.

I am always enthralled by these shows. As someone who has spent a not inconsiderable amount of time on a trampoline and attempted to learn to juggle my impressed meter goes through the roof from the moment the first performer steps on to the stage. Time after time as the show progresses you think “oh my goodness I can’t imagine how they will top this” and then they do. Anyone fancy having a go at trampolining on a very narrow, very bendy balance beam that is resting on the shoulders of two fellow performers? No, what about the beam that’s resting on that beam?

One of the parts I was most impressed by in Totem, was the projection of water done as part of the set construction. With each act that came on a different projection was used and the water completely changed purpose. Performers came on in speed boats and fishing boats, and paddling a canoe, washed in on a raft, whilst monkeys and frogs were both washed away, bubbles were chased and creatures swam in from the depths. The plug was even pulled out.

Words could never really do justice to the performances so here is a video so that you can really see how astonishing the performances are.


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