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TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.
Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.
Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.
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A giant turtle at centre stage represents the origins of life on earth. The creature’s
shell is whisked away to reveal an effervescent community of amphibians and
fish that lives beneath its carapace. They burst into a playful parallel bars
number, with artists embodying frogs launching themselves into the air from a
power track and leaping from one bar to the next, criss-crossing in mid-air with
inches to spare.
An Amerindian artist performs a narrative dance, using hoops to create static
and dynamic shapes to evoke various animals and images in a ritual that
symbolizes the endless circle of life.
Bollywood-inspired music accompanies two men as they compete against each
other on the rings – until a woman arrives and shows them how it’s done. Their
graceful movements, sheer physical strength and superb physiques take to the
skies above a summer beach.
The abundance of fall is represented by the harvest colours and details of the
costumes as five unicyclists juggle metal bowls in an astounding display of agility,
balance, synchronized control and physical grace, tossing the bowls with their
feet – sometimes over their shoulders – and catching them on their heads
without using their hands.
Two Crystal Ladies emerge from the fiery bowels of the earth to evoke the
creation of the world and the beauty of minerals. Wearing sparkling costumes
that mirror the Crystal Man, the artists spin squares of glittering material on their
hands and feet before coming together to create a dazzling display of
coordinated high-speed motion.
The Tracker appears as a virile toreador spinning his Devil Sticks to a sizzling
Like two lovebirds, a young man and woman tease, play and sulk in an innocent
game of seduction and eventually intertwine their bodies in a lighthearted
vertical dance of fresh, unusual movements and lifts.
The Scientist represents reason and the quest to understand the universe in ways
that can be quantified, measured and put into boxes. His “laboratory” features
an orchestra of glass containers filled with mysterious fluorescent fluids as he
steps into a transparent cone and juggles with luminous balls that might
represent planets or molecules – or both – making them chase after each other
in spiral orbits.
Surrounded by members of numerous tribes, the dancer returns to create new
figures with his hoops, finishing with a globe that he raises high above his head.
In a scene that evokes a wedding ceremony, a pair of roller skaters spin and
whirl at heart-stopping speeds atop a tiny platform – just 1.8 meters in diameter –
shaped like a drum.
Wearing colourful costumes inspired in part by the lost civilizations of South
America, ten artists perform feats of strength, balance and acrobatic
movements. The jumpers are launched into the air and fly weightlessly across the
sky like cosmonauts, leaping from one bar to the next with astonishing agility in a
thrilling evocation of the human desire to escape the earth’s gravity.