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Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem' to come to Atlanta

IF YOU GO

• What: Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”

• When: Oct. 26 to Dec. 2

• Where: Atlantic Station, 20th Street, Atlanta

• Cost: $36.50 to $153.50

• For more information: Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

AT A GLANCE

• There are 779 pieces of costumes in the “Totem” wardrobe (including shoes, headpieces, accessories, etc.)

• The heaviest costume is Crystal Man and it weighs eight pounds. There are 4,001 pieces of mirrors just for his unitard.

• A team of six people clean, iron, repaint the shoes and maintain the costumes in the wardrobe department.

• The artists apply their own makeup, which can take between 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Except for the frogs, as part of their makeup is airbrushed.

• The use of electronics is present in the design of “Totem’s” accessories (the tracker’s hat, the cosmonaut helmets, etc.).

• The turtle skeleton weighs 2,700 pounds, which includes two horizontal bars and is completely covered in a non-slip finish.

• The unicycles are 7 feet tall but very light, which makes them easier to manoeuvre down the ramp at the beginning of the act.

• The perch poles are made of duralumin, an alloy used in aeronautics. The tallest pole is about 33 feet high.

ATLANTA -- Follow the journey as man evolves through time from its original amphibian body to its current state in Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem."

Since its world premiere in Montreal in 2010, "Totem" has visited close to 15 cities in four different countries and has performed in front of more than 1.5 million spectators. At the end of October, Cirque's blue and yellow big top pitches its tent at Atlantic Station until early December.

Written and directed by Robert Lepage, "Totem" is a blend of ancient myths and folklore mixed with scientific fact through visual stimulation and acrobatic skill.

"Every two years, we come up with a new big top production," said Francis Jalbert, "Totem" publicist. "We work with different creators to see what they think 'Cirque' is. We always start with a blank page. Robert came up with the evolution of mankind."

In the story, the audience meets four main characters: The Tracker, an environmentally conscious friend of the animals, The Scientist, a Darwinesque explorer who visits the different worlds in the show, The Amerindian dancer who traces the history of the evolution of species with his rings, and The Crystal Man, who "comes from space to spark life on Earth."

"Basically, there isn't a themed (story)line, more of the idea," Jalbert said. "The Scientist is like Darwin. He juggles in the cone and shows the importance of science. Tracker shows different environments. ... It's evolution of mankind in your own way."

Comedic performer Pippo Crotti added, "We suggest the images and you can draw your own idea of the evolution."

Like other Cirque shows, there are acrobatics, feats of strength and athleticism. Some of the acts include the fixed trapeze duo, devil sticks, hoops dancer, crystal ladies and Russian bars.

Another staple in Cirque shows are the clowns who keep the crowd laughing in between the intimate and intense acts.

"I'm an Italian tourist (in the show)," Crotti said, who plays Valentino the clown. "We will tour the world, and for a comic it is a challenge ... because every country and even city is different -- the culture and humor are not the same. People react in a different way, but I love the challenge and getting to know other aspects of the comedy with my character."

Since Crotti is one of the comic reliefs during the performance, he has a little leeway with his acting, especially when walking through the audience.

"I have to follow a line, but as a clown I can improvise," he said "We have a good relationship between the clown and the audience because I get in the crowd before the show."

Although the crowd will walk away interpreting the message of the performance themselves, Jalbert believes they'll have a good time because of the actors and their skills.

"People go away seeing amazing people doing amazing feats in front of their eyes," he said. "They completely forget about their lives and have a good time. They will see something they've never seen before."

The show is suitable for all ages. For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 404-249-6400.

Comments

Jason Braverman 1 year, 12 months ago

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gabelle1495 1 year, 12 months ago

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dil3mma 1 year, 12 months ago

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positronictom 1 year, 12 months ago

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Because my wife and I recently had a baby and we badly need a night out! We saw the Cirque show at Atlantic Station last year and absolutely loved it!

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Pdubcdub 1 year, 12 months ago

My husband and I have always wanted to go! We could use some fun, this month has been stresssssssful :)

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CyndyHN 1 year, 12 months ago

because it would be a first for Cirque de Soleil...

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Chiatia22 1 year, 12 months ago

I would love to go to see Totem! I love Cirque, and have loved every show I have seen!

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tamasine2 1 year, 12 months ago

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kimcroley 1 year, 12 months ago

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Caelwood 1 year, 12 months ago

I was laid off from my job last year and have since been enrolled as a full time student. This combined with being a single mother has not really left me any time to spend with friends for a simple night out. I have always wanted to see a Cirque performance because I hear they are amazing! I would love to have a night out and take my best friend for this show!

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megansims 1 year, 12 months ago

I would love to see this show! So amazing what they do!!!

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Would love to see it, and know that we can't afford it, so this is our only chance!

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alimonster00 1 year, 12 months ago

It seems so intriguing, and has the coolest looking costumes. It seems like it would be a show that's right up my alley

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LizB 1 year, 12 months ago

I would love to go, haven't been to Cirque in years and this would make a perfect holiday outing with my mom!

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I have always wanted to see a cirque show... Free tickets would help!!

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To be transported into the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil would be unforgettable. It would be the highlight of a very special year for myself and a wonderful person that has entered my life!

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I would love to see Cirque du Soleil Totem and take my mom, I haven't done alot except work for the last 8 years since my husband passed away from pancreatic cancer. Work, help my children and my grandchildren with not very much time for just me and my mom. I have never seen Cirque shows so I am very excited about the possiblity of going to a show. Also I know I won't have her forever and any extra time I get to spend with just her is such a blessing. She has always been there for me through the good and bad. She is my inspiration because she is now taking care of my 88 year old dad all on her own. She is very independent and that's why when I grow up LOL I want to be just like her. A independent person even though I am on my own now.

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My husband and I would love to go! It's too expensive for us right now, so tickets would be a blessing!

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Trisha4971 1 year, 12 months ago

We could so use a date night! It has been many years ago that we saw a Cirque show!

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bbqchick 1 year, 12 months ago

Cirque de Soliel never ever disapoints and I would love to see for myself if this is true of Totem!

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Tmartini 1 year, 12 months ago

Both of my girls are away at school, and never manage to be home together at the same time. I would love to have The family all together to see Totem. Cirque du Soleil shows are one of the few outings that everyone enjoys!

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lenakiss 1 year, 12 months ago

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dimkissin 1 year, 12 months ago

My father is coming in November for few days from St. Petersburg, Russia. Seeing this show will be unforgettable experience that he take take home from Atlanta.

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pkodilla 1 year, 12 months ago

My husband and I have been to several Cirque shows here and in Las Vegas and are always amazed at each show. The talent and costumes are unbelieveable. Each show is better than the one before. We would love the opportunity to attend this also. Thank you for considering us.

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betsyshome 1 year, 12 months ago

I'd love to take my husband to see this show in Atlanta. Hope I win the tickets!

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betsyshome 1 year, 12 months ago

I would love to take Dean to see this show!

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wsnell 1 year, 12 months ago

i have never been to any of this amazing group of performers shows. it would be an honor to sit in their presence and be in awe of their abilities and talents.

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