Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Spectacular Evening with Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM

I have fond memories of watching Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco more than 10 years ago when I was still in university. I couldn’t get the performance out of my head for days afterwards and till today, it remains one of the most impressive and remarkable performances I have ever seen.

And now, Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore with an breathtaking production presented in the signature blue-and-yellow Big Top. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The cast features 46 circus artists, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries performing an awesome collection of astonishing acrobatic acts.

Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

From the moment the crystal man descended from the ceiling, I could not take my eyes off the stage. Anya was so excited to see a “human disco ball” and was completely absorbed for the duration of the show, occasionally turning to me with an awestruck expression on her face.

Anya chuckled at the lighthearted comic routines that took place between the acrobatic arts and was fascinated by the sight of acrobats on unicycles balancing bowls on their heads while also throwing and catching the bowls with great precision. It’s hard to say which segments were my favourite because everything was truly so amazing but the trapeze and rollerskates acts took my breath away.

carapace

carapace

Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil Totem

hoops

amazing what they can do with a few hoops

unicycles

balancing and catching bowls while on unicycles

trapeze

graceful feats on a trapeze

russian bars

russian bars

russian bars

impeccable timing and balance on the russian bars

rollerskates

breathtaking acrobatics on rollerskates

With mind-blowing acrobatic performances recalling scenes from the story of evolution, Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. During the curtain call, the performers received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience. This is a show not to be missed.

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
28 Oct – 6 Dec 2015
Venue:  Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue to Fri  8 pm; Sat: 4:30 pm & 8 pm; Sun: 1:30 pm & 5 pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $98
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   TOTEM Box Office, Big Top on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands.

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment.

Anya’s Graduation Concert

I was a lot less emotional during Anya’s graduation concert than I thought I would be. It feels like such a short while ago that I blogged about her concert last year and now she has graduated! I cannot believe how fast she’s growing up.

Adrian dropped us at UCC really early on the day of the concert so he could go and get the rest of my family. Anya was literally the first kid to get there and we got her make-up done and managed to get some shots without random people in the background photobombing us.

at UCC

at UCC

before the show

before the show

We had pretty lousy seats near the back and I’m so thankful for my friends who helped to take photos of Anya. One friend was seated right in the first row and during Anya’s performance, I popped over and sat in her kid’s seat while he squeezed in with her for a bit. Really nice of her to do that. She knew how bummed I was about getting such terrible seats!

The concert was called ‘The Little Red Dots’ in line with SG50. Some of the children performed dances from the different ethnic groups and there was also a dance tribute to LKY. Anya’s class danced to ‘Home’ but her favourite was the ‘Ah Boys to Men’ dance where the kids wore cute little camouflage costumes.

Little Red Dots

Little Red Dots

graduation ceremony

graduation ceremony

getting her scroll

getting her scroll

her dance item

her dance item

this is Home, truly...

this is Home, truly…

where I know I must be...

where I know I must be…

where that river always flows...

where that river always flows…

she danced so well!

awesome performance!

finale

finale

I thought I would sob like a baby during her graduation ceremony and performance but was rather calm through it all. I’m so proud of her and it’s been marvellous watching her bloom in her 4 years in this kindergarten and I know there’s so much in store for her when she starts Primary school. Adam will be in K1 next year and it will be his turn to perform in the annual concert!

family photo

family photo

with some of her friends

with some of her friends

and the mums

and the mums