FLUSHING, N.Y., December 7, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced Cirque du Soleil’s all-new big top production TOTEM will open March 14 at Citi Field for a limited engagement. Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com.
2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first visit of Cirque du Soleil in New York. The love affair with New Yorkers started under the big top with Cirque Réinventé back in 1988. TOTEM marks the 11th visit of a big top show. Since its world premiere in 2010, TOTEM has visited over 16 different cities in four different countries and performed in front of close to 2 million spectators, and to great critical acclaim The Montreal Gazette called TOTEM “A true WOW! Escapist entertainment at its best.” The San Francisco Chronicle said “TOTEM is whimsically seductive and the most enjoyable show to come along from Cirque du Soleil in quite a while.” The Toronto Star called TOTEM “spectacular, artful. Breathtaking and deliciously ironic.” And the London Evening Standard proclaimed “TOTEM is thrilling! An extravagant and visually astonishing production.”
With its all-new home at Citi Field, TOTEM ticket-buyers throughout the entire city and tri-state area will have a wide range of fast and easy transportation options for getting to the big top whether driving or taking public transportation. For transportation options visit:
The word “totem” contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in 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.
Written and directed by 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. The cast of TOTEM comprises 52 performing artists from 19 countries.
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing 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 in over forty countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com