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TOTEM


Création

Concepteurs
Scénographie
Musique
Personages

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
Russian Bar
(2010+)


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.

Humanity has finally reached the stars, as The Cosmonauts show us upon taking the stage in the show's grand finale. Wearing colorful costumes inspired by the lost Mayan, Inca and Aztec civilizations of South America, ten artists perform feats of strength, balance and acrobatic movements on the Russian Bar. 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 Man's desire to escape the Earth's gravity and constantly go above and beyond their design.

Walking on stage like a group of soldiers, I couldn't help but think of them as Lego Space Men with their helmets illuminated and their costumes glowing in the black light. In fact, the Cosmonauts (aptly named) are wearing two costumes in one: when they first appear (under black light) their body-hugging Lycra suits glow dramatically but as soon as the stage lights kick in, their look is completely transformed. Some wear printed motifs that recall Mayan drawings and each of the artists is wearing an individual variation on that theme. The costuming is definitely not something you'd expect - I certainly didn't - but it does fit within the confines of the number's presentation. And in case you weren't sure the performance was taking place on the moon: a lunarscape is projected on the "island" and a rising Earth and star-field projected behind them.

 

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