Cirque De Soleil
Some things are so amazing that there just aren’t the words to do it justice. Auckland is my favourite domestic city getaway and having the largest population in the country, it is often the only host city in New Zealand for international shows and events. I’ve been intrigued by Cirque de Soleil for many years, and when the opportunity arose to head north for the Totem show I grabbed it. Taking place in the Grand Chapiteau, the big blue and yellow marquee in Alexandra Park, the only thing that marred the night was the torrential rain that we had to walk through outside. Round the circular stage, the seating was crammed together, but any grumbles about minimal personal space were soon forgotten when the show started.
Jaw dropping. Mesmerising. Spellbinding. Awesome. However you want to call it, it’s worth every cent. Following the comedic start as some of the cast wander through the crowd interacting with people, the show swiftly moves through an hour of amazing physical feats from dramatic leaps, spins, and balancing acts. I was blown away, and at times I sat there with my mouth literally open wide. The man to my left would repeatedly let out an enthusiastic ‘WOW’ and the crowd regularly went crazy with clapping interspersed with regular gasps as the athletic performers reached new (often literal) heights. Following an intermission, there was another hour of spectacular performances and I felt so overwhelmed by the time it was finished.
Photography and recording was not allowed at the event, which was understandable due to copyright and performer’s focus, but frankly I was so glued to what was going on on the stage, that it would have been too much of a distraction to me as a viewer, and I didn’t care. As a result, the following images are credited to the source that I have obtained them from. Go see Totem when it comes to your town!