Thursday last week was incredibly special. We went to see the Totem show by Cirque du Soleil, which is currently showcasing in Adelaide in a mobile “village on wheels”.
I was beyond excited as I know that every single Cirque du Soleil show just blows people`s minds and this special magic effect, when you sitting there, blinking as fast as you can with your mouth dropped open simply fascinated by the incredible performance is out of this world.
I`ve seen Zarkana in New York and the water O show in Las Vegas, so this one was my third Cirque du Soleil experience. But this time I was lucky enough because after watching the show I had the luxurious opportunity to sneak backstage. I don`t know what caused more excitement, the actual show, the backstage part or both, but that night was full of magic and instant feeling of pure happiness. Thanks @lookbothways for my experience!
- A little bit of facts about the Totem show:
- · TOTEM marks the second collaboration of world-renown Director Robert Lepage with Cirque du Soleil, following KÀ presented at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV since 2004. • Since its Montreal World Premiere on April 22, 2010, TOTEM has been performed more than 1,600 times in 28 cities across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.
- To date, more than 3 million audience members have been mesmerized by a performance of TOTEM. The production features a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries (Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States).
- · The site takes 8 days to set up and 3 days to deconstruct and includes the installation of the Big Top, entrance and artistic tents, box office, administrative offices, and a kitchen and dining area for the cast and crew.
- · A total 85 sea containers are used to transport close to 2,000 tons of equipment that TOTEM carries around. A few of these containers are used as storage spaces and workshops
- · Two Performance Medicine Specialists travel with TOTEM to monitor the physical condition of the artists on a daily basis.
- · The 750 costume pieces seen on stage in TOTEM (and the exact same amount of back-up pieces traveling with the show) are being carefully looked after by a team of three permanent wardrobe staff members and three local employees. The daily tasks of the team include repairing and maintaining all pieces, double-checking all elements impacting the performance (falling sequins, loose beans, etc.), helping artists get into costume and washing/hand washing all pieces touching the human skin. Each costume is custom fitted to the bodies of the artists and handcrafted at the Cirque du Soleil International Head Quarters in Montreal. The average lifespan of the TOTEM costume pieces is 6 months
- · The cast is supported by a dedicated team of 64 technicians and employees from 7 countries (Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States).