“Totem,” Cirque du Soleil’s current performance in Atlanta that runs through Dec. 30, is for both global and time travelers.
Francis Jalbert, Totem’s publicist, told Global Atlanta that the show explores mankind’s desires to push its limits and traces the journey of the human race from its amphibian beginnings into the future.
Since its launch in 1984, the Montreal-based company has created vivid spectacles by imaginatively drawing on the capabilities of circus and street performers.
Over the years it has evolved by pushing the limits of its artists and performers for shows that have transformed the circus into spectacle and attracted devoted audiences around the world.
Joane Boyer, the Quebec government’s delegate based in Atlanta, said that the Cirque du Soleil’s performances have become an “ambassador” for the Canadian province highlighting its creativity, which also can be seen in some of its other successful economic sectors including video game production.
Mr. Jabert says that Totem is different from previous Cirque du Soleil productions because instead of taking audiences to an imaginary world populated by fanciful characters, its scenes and acts are inspired from the history of mankind.
“Totem illustrates through a visual and acrobatic language the idea that human beings carry within their bodies the heritage and potential of the species that were part of their evolutionary journey,” he said.
Global travelers may identify with the beach, waterfall and jungle scenes that are projected on a video platform.
“The visuals give the impression the audience is traveling around the world without leaving their seats as we change the setting for each acrobatic act,” he added. “On the acrobatic level, the acts that were developed and integrated into the performance are mostly disciplines that have never been presented on a Cirque du Soleil stage before.”
Time travelers have the opportunity to witness the evolution of the human species from its amphibian state into its current state and into the future…
As usual, the show depends on talented performers who come from 52 countries and range in age from 16 to 62 years old.
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