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TOTEM


Création

Concepteurs
Scénographie
Musique
Personages

Expérience

Opening
Bars (Carapace)
Hoops Dancer (A)
Rings Trio
Unicycles & Bowls
Contortion
Escalade
Diabolo
Static Trapeze
Manipulation
Hoops Dancer (B)
Roller Skates
Russian Bar
Finale

Réserve
Cyr Wheel
Aerial Straps


Retiré
Perches
Devil Sticks
Hand to Hand
Foot Juggling
Handbalancing

Odyssey

Itinéraire
Visuals
Audio/Visual
Features

 


Somewhere between science and legend,
Explore the fascinating journey of the human species...


Like a magical cauldron bubbling, with scenes from the story of human evolution linked together in a chain, Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM (pronounced Toe-TEM) traces the fantastic journey of the human species from the beginnings of organic life, to its original amphibian state in Earth's primordial soup, to the foundations of science, to the realization of Man's dream of defying Earth's gravity and taking flight.

The themes of evolution and the search for balance are closely woven together throughout the show and illustrate - in a multidimensional visual and acrobatic language - the evolutionary journey of species, encompassing all of the potential we carry within ourselves.

Creation myths from all walks of life act as a springboard for exploring the birth and evolution of Man - like an echo of the great questions of life - through various esoteric interpretations. Somewhere between science and legend, they say, TOTEM is about life, exploring the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. Thus, this show pays tribute to the infinite imagination of Man and the beauty of the world in balance between reason and excess.

TOTEM depicts a world peopled by archetypal characters, all of who witness and act out in their own way the perennial existential questions of life. Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, primates and men in suits set out on their evolutional quest for knowledge. This interpretation of evolution is the line that runs through the show. In the course of his journey, Man aspires to reach the stars.

Closely related to the notions of lineage and belonging to a group, the word TOTEM suggests that we all share the same roots, the idea of the order of species. We carry within 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. And in that way "Totemism" refers to the animal in Man. It contains the very idea of evolution; our bodies are living exemplars of it, because our species carry traces of all species. Is it coincidence that this word, with the same spelling in many languages, sounds exactly like the Latin "Totum", which means "all" or "the whole?"

 
Premiere: April 22, 2010
Type: Touring / Big Top
Status: Currently Touring
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix
Director
Robert Lepage
Creation
Nelson Vignola
Costume Designer
Kym Barrett
Composer
Bob & Bill
Set & Props
Carl Fillion
  Chorepgrapher
Jeff Hall
Lighting Designer
Étienne Boucher
Image Content
Pedro Piresr
Sound Designer
Jacques Boucher
Equipment & Rigging
Pierre Masse
Acrobatics
Florence Pot
Makeup Designer
Nathalie J. Simard
 

Audio/Visual


 

Interviews


ALAIN VINET
Director of Musique

"Directing Cirque's Musique"
Keith Johnson, 2009

BOB & BILL
Album Producers

"Believing & Dreaming"
Keith Johnson, 2011
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