Every year the Royal Albert Hall hosts a Cirque Du Soleil performance. This year’s production is Totem, a light hearted and artistic interpretation of evolution displayed through acrobatics and circus performances. The Cirque Du Soleil is one of the largest theatrical productions in the world and it really shows in the quality of the performance. Totem is a real feast for the senses. The use of colour, lighting, props and special effects are truly masterful and perfectly complement the exceptional and quite often unbelievable feats performed live on stage. The costumes worn by the performers are exquisite and really embody the theme and atmosphere of the performances. From human tribal outfits to animal suits and a glittering celestial inspired outfit, the costumes really do instil a sense of wonder give an added level of visual flair to the performances.
Totem contains several different acts from Trapeze to Dance to unicycles, Russian Bars and more besides which delivers a wonderfully varied performance with never a dull moment across its two-hour performance time. The visuals, acts and live music and effects combine to create a truly mesmerising experience that constantly wows and astonishes. I rate this as my most enjoyable theatrical experience to date. The time seemed to fly by while I was watching the show and the end came all too fast for me.
I went with a couple of friends on the VIP experience, Rouge, which included a preshow reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, hot food and a complementary VIP bag with a programme and popcorn for the performance with desserts and more drinks served during the intermission. While I will say that the highlight of the evening will always be watching the performance, the hospitality of the staff running the reception was excellent, and the VIP experience really set stage for what became a truly magical experience. Without a doubt, Totem will be an immensely enjoyable experience however you choose to watch it, in VIP seating or in the circles, but I will say that if you have a special occasion to celebrate then the VIP experience does make it an event to remember and is worth splashing out on if you can stretch to it. You also get a VIP gift at the end of the show.
You’ll be hard pressed to find tickets for the show now, as most performance will have sold out, but Totem is showing at the Royal Albert Hall until February 26th and there may still be some tickets left for purchase here.