Cirque du Soleil's Totem in Auckland

Friday 21 February 2014

Cirque du Soleil's Totem in Auckland
Cirque du Soleil is one again bringing their unique theatrical experience to New Zealand with Totem

Featuring a cast of 46, Totem is the story of the evolution of mankind all the way from neanderthals to superhumans. 

A big top tent will be set up in Alexandra Park for five weeks from August 22nd. 

The production, which has been seen by two million people since its debut in 2010, is written and directed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage. Inspired equally by myths and by science, Totem is a spectacle designed to entertain and mesmerise. 

Tickets are available from the Cirque du Soleil website.  

PRESS RELEASE: 

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce the long-awaited return of its trademark blue-and-yellow big top to Auckland this Spring with an all-new, awe-inspiring production. Totem, a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind, will open on August 22, 2014 at Alexandra Park for a five week engagement. No further extension is possible.

Pre-sale tickets are now available online exlusively to Cirque Club members. Tickets are available to the general public from 9am Thursday, February 27 at the Cirque du Soleil website or by phone on toll free 00800-154-80000 (Monday-Friday).

About Totem

Since its World Premiere in 2010, more than 2 million people worldwide have been mesmerized by the intimacy and beauty of Totem, winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience. Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers, Totem is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects.

"…spectacular, artful. Breathtaking and deliciously ironic." – The Toronto Star

"On a visual and aural level, Totem is one of Cirque’s most beautiful creations." – The Globe and Mail

"This is one very sharp show. Totem is thrilling" – The New York Times

"This celebration of sheer human achievement and audience appreciation is simply thrilling. It’s why we love Cirque du Soleil, and always will." – Los Angeles Times

Written and directed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, 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.