Totem is subpar Cirque

Russian Bar, Totem, Cirque du Soleil

Kym Barrett’s costumes for “The Russian Bar”, the best act in Totem, are a crazy trip.

There’s a sprinkling of top-flight acts in Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, but this is not a top-flight show.

Robert Lepage wrote and directed Totem and, theoretically at least, his subject is the evolution of humanity. Lepage’s development of that idea┬ánever really makes much sense, though, and sometimes it gets problematic. In terms of direct references to evolution, one of the characters is a scientist, and there’s a brief reference to the emergence of homo sapiens, but that’s about it. [Read more…]