Monday, January 31, 2011


So, Friday last, Sid and I went to see the first circus of my adult life. It was called Totem and was performed by Cirque Du Soleil.

It was by far the most speactular thing I had ever seen. To start with Royal Albert Hall was nothing short of fantastic being so steeped in heritage and culture as a lot of things in London are.

This circus is one of the most famous on the planet. They come up with various shows and travel across the world. Infact The troupe was travelling to Amsterdam when we had visited it last year.

The show ahd not started but the clowns came in and mingled with the crowds, flirted with the women, teased the men and generally set the mood for the whole show. And boy, what a show it was. There were enough times I was taken aback with what the men/ women were doing a few feet away from me!

The skill, timing and perfection. These men and women have spent their life times perfecting their art and I came out of the hall, very very very impressed to say the least.

Most people who work in the circus are ex olympic gymnasts, you had to see the stunts to believe them. You know how you must have seen the ice skating olympics and how you gasp as the girl twirls on her skates at lightning was all there and more! Very often I would not clap / cheer when an act was over because i was too busy gasping! There were trapese artists, clowns, russian bars and a lot of other stuff...

It was an expensive watch, but one of the best evenings I have had in London. And for those who live in cities where the circus visits, this is just to tell you to go give it a watch. Trust me, it will be worth it!



Kavya said...

I always like to see circus, but my hubby is not so interested in that. I think last I have ever seen the circus was around 20 years back. So I have totally forgotten what all the things will happen in that.

Nice description RP..

Anonymous said...

OMG Cirque du Soleil is not a circus!

Anonymous said...

It is is described as a mix of circus acts and street art!!

Aarti's mom said...

Hey, nice chancing into the little word world you've created here. I had the good fortune to catch them in action a couple of times actually. Once in a show in Las Vegas and the second time when they were touring in SFO. Their fluidity and the way they make it look so simple to do a infinite somersault is indeed breathtaking :-) Thanks for reviving that awe for me.

And shall come back for more:-)

Much love
Aarti's mom

Raam Pyari said...

kavya- welcome to the blog :) and yes, 20 years is a long time, you should go to one.

Anon 1 and anon2: Anon 2 thank you for standing up for me :P. Anon 1, please forgive us lesser mortals who little about what to call such exotic things. But yes, anon 2 is indeed correct in his / her description.

Arti's mom- welcome :) and please do keep coming!

Calvin said...

Hmm, all I have watched till date are circus in India, and they are indeed true to their word - 'circus'. However, I did enjoy them as a child, though would love to see the performances at other places specially the one you have mentioned.

And the first picture is lovely.