Review of Cirque Du Soleil – Totem – Pittsburgh

20 May, 2011 (23:43) | Reviews

First off, if you have never seen a Cirque De Soleil show, right off the bat you’re obligated.  It will be the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen.

If you’re in Pittsburgh, you have until June 5th to see Totem.

I saw Quidam twice, O in vegas, Alegria, and now Totem.  Each time I’m left awestruck by what the performers just did.  I think the general public has an impression that Cirque Du Soleil is just some acrobatics and flexible people.  As if you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it all.  Cirque is not that show. What any Cirque Show is though:

  1. Absolutely beautiful – from the costumes, to the tent, to the dance, to the interaction between the performers.  No detail is left untouched and no corners are cut.  Everything is exact and precise, and it shows.
  2. Engaging – from the all live music, to changing stage and scenery, to all the movement on the stage that is supplementary to the actual performers.  You simply can’t look away.
  3. Entertaining for everyone – There are clowns, love stories, danger, skill, feats of strength, and examples of dedication to their talents.

One of the other things I love about Cirque is that it’s not some big greedy corporation trying to make a bottom line.  They are  environmentally aware and raise money for clean drinking water around the world.

If you do go see them, don’t feel the need to buy the most expensive tickets for right up front.  It’s actually worse in my opinion.  You want to sit back a little higher than the stage so you can see everything going on, because believe me, there’s a lot going on.

You might be asking why I went to see Quidam twice.  The answer to that is that a performance includes about 10 acts, but there are more like 15 acts for each show.  Sometimes it’s just in case they need to make changes to the lineup, but they do keep rotating performers and acts, so what you saw one night could be different by a couple acts from the next night.  Basically, never think you’ve seen it all.  After my 4th Cirque show, I’m still wanting to see more.

As for highlights specifically in Totem, the stage is a lot more “active” than previous traveling shows I’ve seen.  When I saw O, I actually said that the stage itself is one of the main acts.  That was true for Totem too.  To pick out one act seems unfair, but the most mind blowing for me were the two twirling girls.  I want to see you lay on your couch, stick your foot in the air, throw a dish towel on it, then start spinning it.  Then do the same thing on the other foot at the same time.  RIDICULOUS.  The things done with hula hoops is amazing as well.

Go.  See it.