What do you get when you mix the circus arts and the street arts? You get the magic known as Cirque du Soleil.
Cirque du Soleil started way back in the 1980s having been founded by Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix. Formerly known as the Les Échassiers, Cirque du Soleil was a dance troupe that toured the Quebec area. Unfortunately, during that time, the company met financial difficulties. It was only through the financial aid extended by the government in the early part of the 80s that enabled the company to survive. The rise in popularity of Cirque du Soleil came about during the mid-80s when Guy Laliberte, one of the founders of the group, hired renowned Guy Caron in the hopes that the latter could make a proper circus out of the group. What started out as a ragtag band of fellows that perform mostly in Quebec, the group has now grown into a 4,000-strong circus group that performs in over 271 cities all over the world with members coming from around 40 countries. What sets Cirque du Soleil apart from other circus groups is the fact that they make use of
As part of its commitment to providing quality entertainment, Circus du Soleil is now touring the world and performing their latest production entitled, “Totem”. Totem is all about the evolution of the human species which, based on the show, starts from when we were still in the amphibian state and ending with the human species being able to fly. Using a combination of lighting and properly timed acrobats, Cirque du Soleil is able to showcase the history of man based on a number of myths.
One of the highlights of Totem involves two characters depicting Native American wedding ceremony. The said characters are in roller skates as they perform their high-speed dance in a platform that is only about 1.8 meters in diameter. To make the scenes even more titillating, most of the images used during the entire performance were shot from different parts of the world.
Some of the characters that you would come across at Totem include the Amerindian Dancer, the Crystal Man, the Scientist, and the Tracker. Of these four, it is the Crystal Man who would catch your attention the most. Crystal Man signifies life forces and makes an appearance on stage dressed in a glittering mobile mosaic that is made of 4,500 reflective pieces. The Scientist, on the other hand, dazzles the audience with his out-of-this-world “science experiments which he conducts with the help of a monkey. The Tracker comes as a guide to the Scientist. A friend of all the animals, he hates the thoughtless ways of the clown which causes him to turn into a toreador.
THe Totem by Cirque du Soleil comes in 12 acts. Watch Cirque du Soleil when they perform in your area. Check out the schedule of their shows and buy your own Cirque du Soleil Tickets at Ticket Broker.
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