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Review: Cirque de Soleil: Totem at Royal Albert Hall

25 January, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

Jaw-dropping skills at the Royal Albert Hall: Cirque de Soleil: Totem

THINK of Olympic gymnasts, Royal Ballet dancers with a few variety acts thrown in and you’ll get an idea of why Cirque du Soleil is such a thrill to watch. And let’s not forget the thumping live soundtrack and stunning sets.

This year’s annual fest sees the return of Cirque du Soleil’s 2011 show Totem. It is supposed to represent evolution but after a spectacular opening showing sinewy life emerging from the swamps, followed by the appearance of some apes and Neanderthals, the story quickly loses the plot and you are left wondering what a group of unicyclists flipping bowls onto their heads has got to do with it.

Not that it really seemed to matter, such were the jaw-dropping skills on display, not least the beautiful balletic duo of Louis-David Simoneau and Marie-Christine Fournier on the fixed trapeze and Denise Garcia Sorta and Massimiliano Medini, who perform death-defying spins on roller skates.

There were more gasps when a troupe of Russian acrobats jumped and somersaulted high into the air from three bendy bars. In keeping with tradition, there’s a lot of clowning about too, as well as the usual diablo and juggling acts, but all with a neat twist.

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