Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, Totem, comes to San Jose in March. Opening night is March 2 – April 15. I had the privilege of attending a preview, warmup show last night.
In the usual Cirque du Soleil style, Totem has numerous gravity-defying acts, fantastic music, beautiful costumes and numerous acts of amazing strength and body manipulation. I found this show to have a broader artistic flavor than previous shows. It takes the audience across the evolution of man from amoeba and insects to chimpanzees, to native tribes in Africa, to Native Americans dancing and performing amazing acts across stage, to Eskimos, to Darwin performing experiments in test tubes, to modern man, and finally astronauts defying gravity in space and live.
This is the first Cirque du Soleil show I have…click below to read more seen that uses hi-tech digital film that interacts with the stage. It was amazing to see swimmers in film swim to various areas and come out of the water which is film as live humans or to see waves crashing across the stage and a raft of performers hitting the beach. The show provides additional acts such as surfers, bull fighting, a unique roller skating act, two potential lovers flirting and fighting across a trapeze before succumbing to seduction in addition to an ever changing and interactive digital and hydraulic stage.
The music in the show is of the same high caliber providing songs that cover Native American culture, tribal dance from Africa, Hawaiian music, to Spanish Flamenco.
I have seen the majority of Cirque du Soleil shows and it was nice to see some variation from the usual themes. I would recommend finding time to pop into see the show while it is in San Jose.