When the internationally acclaimed acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil tours the globe, they often set up in arenas and coliseums. But select cities get to experience the company’s full mastery under their trademark blue and yellow grand chapiteau, an environment that allows them to present their breathtakingly choreographed shows without compromise. From March 27-May 4, 2014, their big top will rise at the Portland Expo Center as the company presents “Totem,” a show about evolution and native mythology perfectly suited to the Pacific Northwest.
Packing a full slate of 46 cast members, this athletic, funny and thoughtful show features singers, musicians, actors and, of course, acrobats. Centered on founding myths that have been passed down orally through generations, the performance is held in an oval-shaped stage that they call “The Turtle” — an important animal in totems, as well. Like the graceful and dynamic performers, the show’s setting is always transforming, through the use of projected imagery, lights and highly engineered hydraulics. The set design alone is a performance full of wonder. And with colorful, creative costumes, inspiring choreography and masterful movements, the 12-act show promises to exhilarate crowds with players from jugglers to gymnasts mastering everything from devil sticks to trapezes.
Only two U.S. cities will host “Totem,” and tickets for this high-flying act will disappear fast.