Cirque du Soleil Tour

Good morning everyone,

Today is looking like the nicest day this week-it's going to be mostly sunny with a high of 12C. The weekend is looking a bit cooler with highs around 8C or 9C but at least it's going to be dry. Things will warm up a bit early next week and then they are calling for a high of 17C (17C!?!?) next Thursday. I'm looking forward to that.

I'm also looking forward to Cirque du Soleil being in Japan. The world-famous group kicked off their 13th tour of Japan on Wednesday, playing to a packed house at the Odaiba Big Top.

The new production TOTEM, which I'm sure lives up to the high standards of its predecessors, is an evolution-themed performance that traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. When I first saw Cirque du Soleil-over 20 years ago-there was no story or characters, just amazing performances.

This time, they've got some famous characters including the Amerindian Dancer, Crystal Man, Scientist, Tracker, Valentino and Clown Fisherman, none of whom I have any idea about...ha ha! They've also got more typical acts like unicyclists with bowls on their heads, hand balancing, foot juggling, hoop dancers, rings trios, acrobats, a trapeze duo, roller skaters and clowns.

The show also explores how curiosity, ambition and passion drive humans to make the impossible possible. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. The performance adopts new technologies such as projection mapping and movable stages. Sounds like they've grown a lot since I saw them. There wasn't a whole lot of fancy stuff like that back when they started.

Cirque du Soleil started its journey in Canada as a small group of street performers in 1984 and has grown to now consist of about 4,000 people from over 50 nations. Its popularity has soared in Japan with more than 13 million people viewing their 12 performances to date. I'm hoping to be one of them this time around-although probably not in Tokyo, maybe Osaka or Fukuoka once they release the details.

Tokyo performances
Performance dates: February 3 (Wed.) ~ June 26 (Sun.), 2016
(*After the Tokyo performances, the TOTEM Japan tour will visit Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sendai. Details of the performances in each location will be announced at a later date.)
Venue: Odaiba Big Top
Ticket prices: Adults (Y6,500 ~ Y13,500) Children (Y4,500 ~ Y9,500)

It's not cheap, but if it's half as good as I remember, it's still worth it-even at those outlandish prices...

Any of you planning on seeing it?

Have a great day!

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