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Bars (Carapace)
Hoops Dancer (A)
Rings Trio
Unicycles & Bowls
Foot Juggling
Static Trapeze
Hoops Dancer (B)
Roller Skates
Russian Bar

Cyr Wheel
Aerial Straps

Devil Sticks
Hand to Hand




Costumes & Characters

  In the opening scene the marsh is populated by fish and frogs. Their patterns and colours came from real fish and frogs—including the most poisonous frog in the Amazon jungle—and are replicated by the pixelation of the image in the screen printing process. The textures of the fabrics are also a close match to the skin of fish and frogs found in nature. The end result resembles a community of human amphibians.
Kym Barrett’s initial approach to the TOTEM costume designs was rooted in documentary-based reality. This process entailed research into real animals, plants and birds as well as traditional cultural and tribal designs to source her fanciful, inventive concoctions. Her other major preoccupation was the show’s theme of evolution, which led her to emphasize the importance of the human body at every opportunity. She points to the example of a forest populated by butterflies and frogs, saying it was important to her to show the human body as part of the overall visual mosaic of the scene.

The third show theme reflected in the costumes is the cycle of the seasons, which underscores the importance of nature to the show. Neon-bright colours, vivid, shiny fabrics and playful details lend a summer atmosphere to the Bollywood-inspired beach scene. To suggest a time of harvest and the abundance of fall, the unicyclists’ costumes are printed in earth tones and feature seed pods, flowers, trees, and leaves, with other small details sewn on to them - including bolts and screws, as well as feathers and insects. And the two roller- skaters are dressed in white and silver to help create a winter tableau.

  The Cosmonauts are wearing two costumes in one: when they first appear (under black light), their body-hugging Lycra suits glow dramatically in the dark, but as soon as the stage lights kick in, their look is completely transformed. Some of the printed motifs recall Mayan drawings, and each artist is wearing an individual variation on the theme.
To recreate such a broad range of textures, colours and markings found in nature, Kym concentrated on the treatment of fabrics rather than on the fabrics themselves: advanced printing techniques, fluorescent pigments, mirror fragments and crystals allowed her to “paint” on canvases as varied as Lycra and leather, with results that constantly interact with and adapt to the show’s ever-changing lighting. The costumes worn by the foot-juggling duo are based on Lycra body stockings. Each is adorned with 3,500 crystals and the 2 headdresses are each encrusted with a further 1,000.


The Crystal Man
    He symbolizes the universal force of life; he is the harbinger of said existence, sparking the evolution of Human life on Earth. His is a character tough to miss - his dazzling costume is literally covered in thousands of small mirrors and crystals (about 4,500 reflective components in all) to create that proverbial fireball that seeded our world, giving way to twelve acts and performances that exemplify the evolution of mankind.
The Tracker
    The Tracker, is an environmentally conscious friend of the animals. Although normally seen guiding "The Scientist" in his explorations of discovery, he can also turn into a virile toreador apinning his Devil Sticks after becoming angered by the thoughtless polution of Earth.
The Scientist
    "The Scientist", a Darwineque explorer who tottles throughout the various scenes of the show teeters in his advanced laboratory experimenting on new theories he's discovered. He represents reason and the quest to understand the universe in ways that can be quantified, measured and put into tiny little boxes.
The Amerindian Dancer
    The young Amerindian dancer takes us into a magical world, tracing the history of the evolution of species with his rings. His costume is inspired by the traditional, ceremonial clothing of a number of North American Indian tribes, rather than an accurate portrayal of any one culture. It includes a Hopi cross and a headdress, and features extensive use of leather.
    Valentino, the macho, is a chatty, boastful provocateur. With his camera in hand, he is a lively, arrogant tourist who litters and disturbs.
Misha, the Clown
    Misha, a practical man, is wary of fuss and extravagance. He finds a silver lining (or a steel pot) for every situation life throws his way. As a fisherman clown, he rows onto the stage, sets up a barbecue, juggles eggs and transforms a plastic bag into a swan. In another skit, he and Valentino are riding the waves in a motorboat.

{Crystal Man}

{The Tracker}

{The Scientist}

{Amerindian Dancer}


{Clown Misha}

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