SOURCE: Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

April 13, 2012 13:45 ET

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Washington With a New Big Top Show, TOTEM

Opens August 15, 2012 for a Limited Engagement Under the Blue-and-Yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Plateau at National Harbor; Tickets Available to the General Public as of April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2012) - Cirque du Soleil returns to Washington with TOTEM, a new big top production. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM opens August 15, 2012 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) located at the Plateau at National Harbor. TOTEM marks the 10th visit of a big top show in the Washington D.C. area since 1988. Since its world-premiere in April 2010, the show has visited more than 12 cities in 4 different countries and has been performed in front of more than 1.5 million spectators.

Tickets are available to the general public as of Friday, April 13 at

About the show
The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly -- like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

The cast of TOTEM comprises 52 performing artists from 19 countries.

The Creative team
Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, the show brings together the following team of 12 Creators, including Robert Lepage as Writer and Director. The rest of the team includes Neilson Vignola - Director of Creation; Carl Fillion - Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett - Costume Designer; Bob & Bill - Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall - Choreographer; Étienne Boucher - Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires - Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher - Sound Designer; Pierre Masse - Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot - Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard - Makeup Designer.

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Infiniti, CGI, Xerox, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors of the US 2012 TOTEM Tour.

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. In 2012, Cirque du Soleil will present simultaneously twenty-one different shows around the world.

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Hashtag for twitter: #totem

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Contact Information

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