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TOTEM


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Expérience

Opening
Bars (Carapace)
Hoops Dancer (A)
Rings Trio
Unicycles & Bowls
Foot Juggling
Contortion
Escalade
Diabolo
Static Trapeze
Manipulation
Hoops Dancer (B)
Roller Skates
Russian Bar
Finale

Réserve
Cyr Wheel
Aerial Straps


Retiré
Perches
Devil Sticks
Hand to Hand
Handbalancing

Odyssey

Itinéraire
Visuals
Audio/Visual
Features

 

Experience
Bars (Carapace)
(2010+)


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.

In the opening scene, the life-less dried-up turtle shell is whisked away to reveal the world of primordial beings, an effervescent community of amphibians and fish that live beneath its carapace. As a new world is revealed to them, they burst into play - launching themselves into a parallel bars/fast-track number reminiscent in many ways to Tournik from Corteo. With artists embodying frogs launching themselves into the air from the power-track and leaping from one bar to the next, they crisscross in mid-air with just inches to spare!

The acrobatic number is quite pleasing and technically adept; however, the artist's costumes here seem to steal the show for me. Their patterns and colors come from real fish and amphibian species found on Earth today, including the most poisonous frog in the Amazon jungle, the Dart Frog. Textures of the fabrics are also a close match to the skin of these animals making the metamorphosis complete and a real eye catching experience from which to begin the show.

 

• Omé Kayo


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