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TOTEM in Portland, OR

Oregon, United States
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Portland Expo Center

 

What the media say about the show

"…a mesmeric creative team doing its most astonishing work yet…”
Los Angeles Times
“This celebration of sheer human achievement and audience appreciation is simply thrilling. It’s why we love Cirque du Soleil, and always will.”
Los Angeles Times
“GO! – A whimsical look at evolution … this production bursts with wonder at mankind’s feats.”
LA Weekly
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Went to see the dress rehearsal in Auckland last night.....this show is a must see....a once in a lifetime experience....ABSOLOUTLEY BRILLIANT.

Member since August 2014

Heijo May, New Zealand

Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:19 PM

Saw the show on its last night in Vancouver. Was baffled by the poor reviews below; while the theme is not as cohesive as other Cirque shows, the individual performances were stunning and performers gave 110% to entertain us. We were close enough to see the effort put in! Music is dynamic, upbeat and fun. Will not spoil the individual performances, but there is some dazzling acrobatics and some very high-skill bodyweight acts that left the crowd gasping. Recommended, especially for first timers!

Member since November 2013

Stella B, Canada

Sunday, July 06, 2014 9:16 PM

Phenomenal show...the third I've seen the first in Vancouver...always had great seats but the show Totem under the Grand Chapiteau was truly the best performance. Two hours of entertainment felt like 20 minutes. I loved it!! I will return. Thank you Lise H.

Member since January 2014

Lise Hiscock, Canada

Saturday, June 28, 2014 3:58 AM

Excellent show! However, BIKERS BEWARE. There are apparently no suitable bike racks near the TOTEM site in Vancouver We were told by staff to lock our bikes to the nearby fence where there were regular patrols. Unfortunately, we had our bike stolen during the show, which seriously dampened the evening. There has also been very poor communication between the staff at Cirque and their partners on site that we have been in touch with. Anyway, a wonderful experience, but two unhappy customers.

Member since June 2014

Dave Toews, Canada

Friday, June 13, 2014 6:43 PM

Attended the show in Vancouver on June 1st. This would be our 6th show and once again it was incredible. WE always anxiously await the next show in Vancouver and have yet to be disppointed in the least by any of the performances we have seen. If I had one complaint, I'd say that CdS doesn't come to twon often enough.

Member since December 2007

Dave Brewin, Canada

Monday, June 02, 2014 8:39 PM

I felt so uncomfortable with the extreme stereotyping of certain cultures-it went way beyond expression and deeply into exploitation.One act depicted an Aboriginal "wedding ceremony" creating a racialized sexualized image of an Aboriginal young woman,without portraying any true traditional Aboriginal ceremony or ritual.Given the high level of racialized sexual violence against Aboriginal women in Canada,this type of “artistic expression” should never hit the stage,especially as “entertainment”

Member since May 2014

Alana MacHattie, Canada

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:41 PM

Bought 3 tickets ($315 total) and when the 3 of us went to sit down, we could see that the huge pillars in the tent would present a problem for viewing the show at different times during the night. It seems that quite a bit of the show takes place between the 2 stages, exactly in line with the pillar, so we didn't see about 1/4 of the show. For the amount we COULD see, we shouldn't have had to pay so much. I don't think I would go again. We were very disappointed.

Member since January 2008

laurlayn oreilly, Canada

Sunday, May 25, 2014 4:56 PM

One of the best I have seen in the last 6 years, second probably only to "Ovo".Brilliant high tech lazer show in combination with usual humor and lightness, increadible costumes, music is thrilling as always. /great show!

Member since May 2014

Yulia Bronstein, United States

Sunday, May 04, 2014 2:04 PM

I Went And Saw Totem Yesterday It Was Fantabulous, I Enjoyed The Physicality And Choreography It Takes To Do This Type Of Show More Than Anything Else.I Am Now Like Anyone Else Whose Seen One Of Their Productions, I'll Highly Recommend Going To Any One And Everyone.

Member since May 2014

Steven Hambleton, United States

Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:35 PM

Canada you disappoint! You send Cirque du Soleil down to hipsterville (Portland) with your inviting yellow and blue tent only to traipse cultural and gender stereotypes across your trampolines, one after another. Note to Cirque: if you are making a show about cultural diversity, use cultural diversity in its creation. Too many white guys in the leadership and it shows! Wince inducing sexism. I waited 10 years to take my family. So disappointing! A white-guys quide to cultural appropriation!

Member since April 2014

Sara Kirschenbaum, United States

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:43 AM

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