Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM Comes To San Jose March 2, 2012


Cirque du Soleil is returning to Bay Area with its latest big top production TOTEM, written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEM will premiere in San Jose on March 2, 2012 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Taylor Street Bridge.

Prior to its visit to San Jose, TOTEM will play in San Francisco as of October 28, 2011 then fly all the way to London, England for a series of shows at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

Since its creation in Montreal in 2010, TOTEM has performed more than 500 shows in front of more than 1.5 million spectators. The visit of TOTEM in San Francisco and San Jose marks the eleven engagement of a Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) production in the Bay Area since 1988.

Tickets for TOTEM in San Jose will be available beginning Sunday, September 18 online at or by phone at 1 800 450-1480.

San Francisco details
TOTEM will premiere in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park. Tickets are now available online at or by phone at 1 800 450-1480.

About Totem
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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; 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
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 close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents.

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011-2012 TOTEM Tour as well as Infiniti, CGI, Xerox, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.


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