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Dazzling Cirque Du Soleil TOTEM at The Orange County Great Park

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“Since its World Premier in 2010, more than 2 million people worldwide have been mesmerized by the intimacy and beauty of TOTEM, winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Awards 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.

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.”

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I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of TOTEM at the Irvine Great Park on Thursday, November 21st. As with any Cirque du Soleil performance I have attended – it literally took my breath away. The athleticism, skill, and dramatic flair exhibited by the entire cast is inspirational.  Likewise, the juxtaposition of comedy, beauty, and emotion evokes a variety of responses from the audience – both physical and emotional.  The overall whimsical nature of the production is only enhanced by the set design, visual effects and acrobatics.

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I had anticipated that I would see a somewhat chronological representation of evolutionary myths and the progression of Man over the millennia, but was pleased to find this wasn’t the case. The variety of the acts and the non-linear progression added to the whimsical nature of the entire performance. The comedic scenes were a delight & the acrobatics were awe-inspiring. The beauty of the visual effects, along with the music, created a cohesive element to the diversity among the acts. TOTEM embodies all that we have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil.

TOTEM will performed through December 29, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park.Tickets are currently available online  including a new behind the scenes package. With the behind-the-scenes package, guests can experience an insiders’ look that includes a private excursion to visit the backstage, and a meet and greet with the artists after the show.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem

Stay connected with TOEM on Twitter: @Cirque #TOTEM

images courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Julie is an OC Supermom to six beautiful children in Orange County. She is an editor with Astraea Press, active in the community and enjoys running in her free time.
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