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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.
A giant turtle at centre stage represents the origins of life on earth. As the Crystal Man descends from the sky to spark 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. This modern day acrobatic take on the mating game describes our innate desire to attract and impress, an age-old dance that ensures the forward motion of our species.
A Crystal Lady emerges 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 artist spins squares of glittering material on her hands and feet; a dazzling display of coordinated high-speed motion.
With astounding strength, the agile performer contorts his body in different positions while balancing on his hands atop a platform shaped as an hourglass. The act explores a man’s struggle outside of his contacts with other human beings. The strength that he gets from this journey refers to all challenges one must face in order to grow.
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.
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, two Amerindian dancers now take the stage to create new figures with their hoops, finishing with two globes representing unity and eternity.
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.
In this intimate performance, two artists play upon the understanding of the yin and yang, of balance – bringing opposites together, and into perfect harmony. In their quest for equilibrium, man and woman enter into a relationship where strength and symmetry flourish.