I'd seen Cirque du Soleil offshoots, wannabees and even parodies, but I'd never seen an actual Cirque production so I wondered if my expectations were too high. But after seeing 'Totem,' the new show in Miami, I now understand why the periodic arrival of this amazing company is so anticipated. This production is filled with enough riches to satisfy even the most diehard Cirque fans.
Like all Cirque productions, Totem works within an overall theme, and this one is no less ambitious than attempting to trace the evolution of humankind. Along the way, we encounter our amphibious ancestors, Prehistoric man, Native Americans, scientists, space explorers, and even a cell phone-wielding version of our modern selves.
A Cirque du Soleil production offers something for everyone, so there is a dazzlingly enormous cast, which includes acrobats, dancers, clowns, parallel bar artists, hoops dancers, juggles, Russian Bar artists, and unicycle riders. The setting was filled with clever special effects that engender water, jungles, lagoons, and more.
The spectacular acts are well worth the price of admission. Among the most notable are a contingent of plate-spinning unicyclists, a stunning fixed trapeze act, and the true show-stopper, a breathtakingly beautiful couple on roller skates whose mesmerizing roller skating acrobatic act provides the best reason to make your way to Cirque's Grand Chapiteau.
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