Cirque du Soleil is heading to Hamilton with new show TOTEM.

The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil is bringing spectacular new production TOTEM to Brisbane.

Tracing the journey of humanity from its original amphibian state to the ultimate desire to fly, the show features 46 performing artists from 16 countries specialising in breathtaking acrobatics.

The show is written and directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Robert Lepage, making this his second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil following the success of at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, currently in its 11th year of production.

Lepage says TOTEM is based on the ongoing narrative of humankind and the creation myths of different civilisations.

“Inspired by the foundation narratives of the first peoples, TOTEM explores the birth and evolution of the world, the relentless curiosity of human beings and their constant desire to excel,” says Lepage. “The word ‘totem’ suggests that human beings carry in their bodies the full potential of all living species.”

With high-speed foot juggling, athletic roman rings, fixed trapeze, juggling unicyclists and a heart-stopping roller-skate act all set on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the show is set to be a jaw-dropper.

Costume designer Kym Barrett, who has worked on The Matrix, The Amazing Spider-man, Cloud Atlas, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and new release Jupiter Ascending, says while TOTEM is a fantasy show it was important to draw from real-life inspiration.

“Although TOTEM is quite fantastical, there’s also a sense of reality,” says Kym. “The costumes were inspired in part by documentary film.”

TOTEM opens 10 April at Northshore Hamilton. To book visit: