Cirque du Soleil Shares its Secrets
Ever wonder how much time it takes to create an elaborate, intricate costume? How about the number of people it takes to prep before a show? Discover exciting, fun facts about Cirque du Soleil that you never knew about, such as: The Crystal Man's costume in TOTEM is completely covered in small mirrors and crystals - about 4,500 in all!
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- Quidam, pronounced "key-dam", is a Latin word for an anonymous passerby, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past, living lost amidst the crowd
- Quidam transforms an anonymous world into a place of hope and connection
- Costumes last anywhere from six months to two years
- The Crystal Man is a recurring character in the show who represents the life force. His (literally) dazzling costume is entirely covered in small mirrors and crystals to create a ball of energy when he comes down from the sky in a beam of pure white light. The glittering mobile mosaic is made up of about 4,500 reflective components on a stretch velvet leotard.
- The images in the TOTEM projections are drawn from nature and were shot for the production in various parts of the world, including Iceland, Hawaii and Guatemala. Even the images of boiling lava were filmed by Image Content designer Pedro Pires.
- During the rings trio number, the scorpion bridge turns into an Indian carpet that unrolls on the beach in a reference to the Bollywood aesthetic that inspired the overall look of this scene.