|Cirque du Soleil poster - this image isn't mine|
However, despite phenomenal acrobatic sketches - "Love on the Trapeze" was a highlight, especially when the male acrobat hung from the trapeze using only his neck, there was no real thread connecting each act, so much that they could have all been from different productions. The diversity of performers, from the glittery catsuit clad dancer-acrobat that took centre-stage at the start and end of the performance to the Chinese unicyclists throwing golden bowls to and from each other's heads, seemed to ache for a plotline to tie them all together in to an elaborate fantasy tale. Native American folklore, from which the show is supposedly based, is swarming with tales like this, so I feel they could have adapted one of these, because aside the lizard-like creature on the theatre poster, the show has hardly any connection with Native America, which I had been anticipating when I first found out I was going to the show. However, all these negatives have no effect on the immense skill of the performers, and if you only want a reputable and extremely embellished circus (exactly what Cirque Du Soleil is) and don't care about the storyline or historical roots of the show, Totem will still be the great show that it advertises itself as.
- DP :)