TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil Premieres in San Jose 3/2


Following a highly successful engagement in San Francisco, Cirque du Soleil is set to return to the Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest Big Top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. TOTEM premieres in San Jose on Friday, March 2, 2012 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at the Taylor Street Bridge.

Tickets are available now online at or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

More than 155,000 people in the Bay area have already experienced the unique mix of breathtaking acrobatics, innovative choreography and artistic musical delight that is 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.

ABOUT 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 five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.

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