Postcard of the Week: Cirque du Soleil, TOTEM

Cirque du Soleil, Totem,, Christine Salins, costumes designed by Kym Barrett, The Crystal Man, Cirque du Soleil in Brisbane, Cirque du Soleil in Montréal.

The spectacular costumes for the Cirque du Soleil show, TOTEM, were designed by Brisbane-born Kym Barrett, making Friday night’s opening in Brisbane just that little bit more special than most. The show, which premiered in Montréal in 2010, traces the evolution of the human species from its amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The display of acrobatics and special effects is truly breathtaking, with one of the characters, The Crystal Man featuring 4500 Swarovski crystals (picture supplied). It would be hard to choose which of the acts was the most spectacular – the unicyclists flinging bowls from their feet and catching them on their heads, the roller-skating duo spinning at a frantic rate while attached to each other at the neck, the Crystal Ladies spinning fabric squares on their arms and legs while lying upside down, or the Native American hoop dancing where the hoops appear to come out of nowhere. In short, it’s one spectacle after another. Don’t miss it. It’s on in Brisbane until May 24, 2015.

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