Totem Cirque du Soleil

Everyone loves the Big Top, and these days when we mention the word “Circus”, the Cirque du Soleil always comes to mind!  Well! They are back and the Circus Tent is here at Marina Bay Sands, together with a heavy dose of “je nais se quoi”. After a year of performing in Australia, Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem is in Singapore. Built around the theme of human evolution, the acrobatic troupe explores the ties of humans with other species walking earth.

cirque du soleil

In case you are wondering, The Cirque du Soleil had its inception in 1984, and it has become world-renowned for its high quality, artistic entertainment and breath-taking performances. What began as a group of 20 street performed in the small town of Baie-Saint-Pail near Quebec City, Canada, has grown into an international recognised organisation of nearly 4,000 people including 1300 artists from more than 50 different countries. If one has not seen the Cirque du Soleil, then this circus is certainly one worth considering.

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A performer in the Unicycles and Bowls act catches five bowls on her heard during the dress rehersal performance of Cirque Du Soleil's "Totem" in San Jose, Ca. Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012
A performer in the Unicycles and Bowls act catches five bowls on her heard during the dress rehersal performance of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Totem” in San Jose, Ca. Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012

The acts are certainly breath-taking, with acrobatic precision and dare-devil boldness, one will definitely enjoy watching the circus up close. The use of lights, and sound on the stage is really quite a visual feast. Added with a healthy dose of creativity, the slope is changed into a “Waterfall”, and a change of lighting turns the same slope into a beach or an ocean. It was definitely fun watching the clowns play in the ocean or the acrobats entering the stage, as the row through the rapids.

cirque du soleil costumes

Apart from the acrobatic feats, watch out for the costumes, specially designed to recreate Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, primates and other animals. The Cirque is really a visual feast, and if you are planning to bring your kids, I believe that they will enjoy it. However, do try to sit as near to the stage as possible, as the “wahh” factor is greatly reduced, as the distance from the stage increases.

cirque seating plan

As seating is important to enjoy the visual feast,  some people do ask me, if it is worth paying for the cheap seats. As watching the circus is very different from watching a musical, one must be able to “see the act” to fully appreciate the Cirque du Soleil. I would therefore totally ignore Cat 6 tickets are you are watching the “backs” of the performers, and Catgory 5 is a bit of a risk, as the “odds” are not in your favor. Therefore to fully enjoy the show, one would be looking at ticket in the Cat 4 category.

In terms of staging, there are a few pillars in the area, which may block viewing pleasure, so do watch out that your seats are not placed behind these obstacles (Pillars are not marked in seating plan) .  We were seated in sector 201 (Cat 4), but there was a pillar just at the border behind sector 101 and the nearest corner of 201 (next to 200). Hope the descriptions helps in your ticketing decisions.

Totem by Cirque Du Soleil will be on till 6 December 2015.

Show Timings: 

Wed, 28 Oct – Sun, 6 Dec 2015
Tue – Fri: 8pm
Tue (10 Nov): 4.30pm & 8pm
Sat: 4.30pm & 8pm
Sun: 1.30pm & 5pm

To make your bookings, do visit SISTIC.

(Disclaimer: We were invited to the event for the purpose of this review. All photos are thanks to Cirque Du Soleil)

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