When the lights dim inside the 19th-century Anglican church in downtown Montreal, a master of ceremonies takes centre stage below its neo-Gothic catenary arches. Spectators share laughs and bottles of wine, applaud—and then the lights go out.
Cirque du Soleil’s business is enchantment, and business is good.
Almost everybody becomes a child again when seated before a professional circus stage. With senses on full alert and eyes wide open, audiences can be overcome by an uncommon, shared sense of wonder.
From amphibians to Neanderthals to primates to man, so goes the tale of the evolution of humankind and the overarching theme of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. The production opens today in Vancouver, before travelling to New Zealand and Australia.