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 never 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…]

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