When "IRIS" shuttered its Hollywood production in January, local Cirque du Soleil fans felt the loss.
Sure, Las Vegas isn't too far, and there are always a few "Cirque" spectaculars going there at any one time.
And, sure, a "Cavalia" show was on its way to Burbank, and while the two aren't related, something about magical horses doing magical things in a big-top setting met a certain entertainment requirement for many a Cirque aficionado.
But Cirque fans, take heart: The next Montreal-born acrobatic extravaganza is on its way. Cirque du Soleil just announced that "TOTEM" will land on our fair shores this fall.
Make that two fair shores and one fair inland area. The show, "a fascinating acrobatic journey into the evolution of mankind," opens at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 11. It then travels -- cartwheeling the whole way, perhaps -- to Irvine the week of Thanksgiving, and finally heads -- er, somersaults -- to the Santa Monica Pier on Jan. 17, 2014.
The classic blue-and-yellow-striped tent will return with the show, as will audience-tweaking clowns, unicycles, and acts that spin/tumble/leap high above the stage. Humankind's interaction with other earthly species will be one of the themes of the esoteric, eclectic show. ("Esoteric" and "eclectic" are two words Cirque du Soleil could just about trademark.)
General tickets go on sale on Friday, June 14.