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My five year old daughter and I were so incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to go along to watch Cirque du Soleil Totem.  Totem follows the incredible journey of humankind – depicting many of earth’s species dressed in some of the most amazing costumes and performing jaw-dropingly incredible acrobatics.  Right from the beginning, the show had us mesmerised, with clever use of water projections on the screen, making it seem as if the characters were emerging from the beach or water.

The entry way to Totem

The entry way to Totem

OF course, no circus would be complete with out a “clown”, and we were certainly not disappointed by Totem’s own comedic duo, both playing a part within the story that was being told.

After the show we were given a backstage tour, complete with meeting the some of the cast still in costume. The cast are made up of men and women from all over the world. Some have joined Cirque du Soleil in the last couple of years, bringing their amazing talent with them. And some were actually born into the Cirque du Soleil family, developing their talents while growing up among all the cast. The costumes the cast wear are all handmade and only fit the cast member who it is made for. Their makeup is quite spectacular as well, and amazingly each cast member applies their own, following a step by step guide!

Some of the cast members

Some of the cast members

A show that has been performed 1800 times already, Totem is certainly not to be missed. In my opinion, it is great for kids from about aged 5 and up. They even provide booster seats for the little people! The later shows do finish up quite late, but there are also earlier shows, and it would be a great treat during the school holidays.

Fleur was also fortunate enough to go along, and here is what she had to say:

I’ve been to three Cirque du Soleil shows in the past and they are always amazing. I’m one of those people who can’t help being amazed by the set, the costumes and the music- let alone the athleticism and skills of the performers. I am that annoying person who keeps going, “Oh my god. Oh my god. I can’t watch,” when they’re doing all those crazy twists and twirls and jaw-dropping moves.

Seeing Totem was so enjoyable for many reasons. Number 1: The costumes. I mean how can I even describe them? They are beyond incredible- particularly the frogs and the monkeys. Number 2: The size of the big top. We bought the cheapest seats and had a great view of the entire show. It’s not a huge arena, so the atmosphere is great no matter where you sit. Number 3: Cirque De Soleil is located in the parklands off West Terrace so it’s an easy walk into the city afterwards if you are lucky enough to have a “date night”  without the kids (like we were!) and head in to get something to eat from one of the great Leigh St or Peel St restaurants. We saw the 4:30pm show and it was perfect timing to head out for dinner afterwards. The 4:30pm show would also be a winner with kids in tow, as we noticed by the family-filled crowd.

Cirque du Soleil Totem runs from 11th June until 12th July 2015. You can purchase your tickets here.