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Lots of discussion about Totem on other pages, but perhaps it'll be better to bring it all to one place

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I know that Totem is increasing cast for Japan, but I wonder what will happen afterwards... Will they be politely kicked out, or will they go into another production???

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Well their contracts are only for Japan so they know that they're only there for a limited amount of time. Except of course if the main artists leave at the end of the Japan tour they might want to keep the back up ones that already know the act. Apart from that, they know how long they're there for. Some might be selected to move to a new show, but they might not.

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Totem has hired some acts as backup, others are replacements for existing artists that are leaving the show after Singapore.

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2:49 and 5:56 some videos from Perth of the training/rehearsals of the new Hoop dancer and Roller skate duo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aABRT9J1uxw&index=4&list=PLPYTZmwwfd3SUU...

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Cirque Life posted a new interview of contortionists on facebook, nothing major but they are in costume. They ARE NOT performing until tonight so footage might be released later on.

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A video or just a pic? Link? I checked YouTube but nothing.

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A vid of an interview. They haven't performed yet, first show is tonight. Costume looks weird, but they aren't wearing headpieces.

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Oh I saw an Instagram post congratulating them on their first show already (I'm also east Asia time). I love the costumes electric neon amphibian colors, an original white faced make up look they had during creation was a great compliment of the frogs who do carapace. I've seen them go through maybe four make up changes. Shows when they don't do their act they just play tribal nation queues and have more simpler designs. Can you share the link to the interview? Since their act in Alegria they've been two of my favorite artists.

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Quick video of the act https://instagram.com/p/90HTy-y6Aw/

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Looks, great! And it seems there's a bunch of other artists on stage during the act.

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Eh. I think it would've looked much better if they had similar costumes to the unicycles and bowls people and the similar lighting to that act. I don't think contortion should be showcased like this in the dark.

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The Alegria version was actually very darkly lite as well, they just had brighter costumes. I miss the more creature like face paint they had during creation, the human faces don't fit the costumes.

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The Alegria contortion act is my fave ever! The contortion costumes in Totem look so weird to me.

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (3), Luzia (2), Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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I'd like to see the whole act from another angle, then I'll judge.

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Is it new music?

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Does anyone have video of the new Rings girl ?

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I wasn't aware there was a new one.

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Oh yes

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It's still the same one I believe.

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Check this out at 3:14. I believe it could be part of the new back up pole act we were talking about. It seems like the guys from the rings trio are taking part.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAbxeH3jkkg

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Nice catch!

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Just announced, the act we saw being rehearsed with the tripod is a new backup act called 'escalade' and it will premier officially (along with contortion) tomorrow. Photos are on their facebook page.

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I'm making a trip to Osaka this winter. Maybe make a Tokyo excursion in the name of all things cirque and holy ;p. Missed the chance to see Ovo there because locations were reversed for the timing of my trip last fall.

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This DHL press release on the new acts is pretty good. http://alvinology.com/2015/11/17/totem-introduces-2-new-acts-in-singapor...

Eacalade - The businessman is stripped bare and flung into the heart of the jungle where his inner struggle is put to test. Atop a tree-like structure inspired by the acrobatic discipline of Chinese pole, man and primate circle and climb in a battle for dominance.

Contortion - Two industrious creatures emerge from the sea, to play, crawl, twist and build complex pyramids on the seashore. Their incredible figures seem to defy both gravity and physics.

Personally I thought they'd have been a little more on the nose about the flexibility and ever changing shape of evolving life forms, but very happy with the costumes, identical to the colors and patterns of some sea slugs. Also happy they've brought the business man character back into acrobatic use since the Perches act. With two new rotation acts performed regularly, I wonder what acts will be substituted out.

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what is the music for the new acts, someone said that the perches song was for contortion, but that was during rehearsal footage, but is that the actual one used in the show or did they change it. What about escalade?

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New trailer for Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9vwN9jxrkw
and some footage from the POV of artists in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP4DYxSqtqk

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New trailer for Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9vwN9jxrkw
and some footage from the POV of artists in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP4DYxSqtqk

Also found some good footage of the full juggling and part of the foot juggling act:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgilQwmtfZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6VtPUWe5lo

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With all the professional footage this show has, there is no reason (except laziness and cheapness) that Cirque can't release TOTEM on DVD

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@wpcadet12 re: new rings girl.

The PR manager of the show posted in instagram saying it was Alya and Gael's last day off on tour, so I think they might both be leaving the show after Singapore, must be new artists to replace them then!

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