The Cirque du Soleil show TOTEM was influenced by plants and animals, along with tribal elements. WatchMojo speaks with Kym
Barrett to learn what influenced her designs.
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Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM Show Costumes
Rebecca Brayton: She’s worked on the costumes for such widely successful films as Romeo and Juliet and the Matrix and now, for Cirque du Soleil. Hi! I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to watchmojo.com. And today, we’re speaking with costume designer Kym Barrett about the costume for the Cirque show TOTEM.
Kym Barrett: I think I got my ideas mainly from thinking about how the human form could also project an animal or an amphibian and how those two things could blend together without being disconnected in the middle. I wanted it to be interesting to look at but it also have a kind of root in reality, a kind of documentary basis and then after that, I wanted the performance to feel comfortable and good and be able to do what they needed to do in their clothes.
Rebecca Brayton: Would you be able to go into more detail about some of the costumes we saw on today?
Kym Barrett: With the hoop dance with Nakotah. He is one of the major storytellers of the piece. As he is telling the story with his movement, he becomes a representative of all the myths and legends and human storytelling from the beginning of time.
The love birds which are the two lovers in the sky, mainly I wanted to show two innocent souls. I wanted them to be highlighted against the big top but also, I wanted them to have a kind of a glow from the inside.
The cosmonauts, I got my inspiration from the cave paintings of the Aztec kind of time. So, I wanted to show that the aspiration to fly and become part of the next millennium came from a long time ago and we’re only just starting to achieve it now.
Rebecca Brayton: What type of research did you have to undertake to kind of attain the accuracy that you were looking for?
Kym Barrett: I love to do research. So, I looked at boring books and beautiful books with beautiful photographs. I tried to not just focus on one being. I’ve already seen two Cirque shows a long time ago. So, I tried not to see more until this was over. I try to let my imagination tell the story really.