Theater, Circuses & magic
Photograph: OSA Images, courtesy of Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM at the Santa Monica Pier. High Bars Carapace

You probably think Cirque du Soleil is something to see while stoned in Vegas—and that’s true. But walk into the bigtop by the Santa Monica Pier for a performance of Totem, equal parts primal physicality and Victorian whimsy, and you’ll find yourself intoxicated by the show’s high-flying, tightly choreographed feats. Don’t dissect its reptile-meets-primate evolution storyline, instead simply sit back and enjoy the spiraling human disco ball and springing South American spacemen.


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