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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO ATLANTA WITH A NEW BIG TOP PRODUCTION

Friday, June 29, 2012
TOTEM

TOTEM
Opens October 26, 2012 for a limited engagement  under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Atlantic Station.
Tickets available to the General Public as of Friday, June 29, 2012

Atlanta, GA – June 26, 2012Cirque du Soleil returns to Atlanta with TOTEM, a new big top production, premiering on October 26, 2012 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Big Top located at Atlantic Station.  Since its world premiere in 2010, TOTEM visited over 14 different cities in 4 different countries and performed in front of more than 1.5 million spectators. TOTEM marks the 10th Cirque du Soleil Big Top touring show visit to Atlanta since 1991.

Tickets for TOTEM are available to all as of Friday, June 29th at cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

About the show
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.

The Creative team
Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, the show brings together a team of 12 creators, including Robert Lepage - Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola - Director of Creation; Carl Fillion - Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett - Costume Designer; Bob & Bill - Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall – Choreographer; Étienne Boucher - Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires - Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher - Sound Designer; Pierre Masse - Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot - Acrobatic Performance Designer; and Nathalie J. Simard - Makeup Designer.

Sponsors
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Infiniti, CGI, Xerox, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors of the US 2012 TOTEM Tour.

Also from Cirque du Soleil
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour also in Atlanta - from June 29 – July 1, 2012 at Philips Arena. To learn more about the show and to purchased tickets online visit
cirquedusoleil.com/mj

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 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. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. 

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com

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Press Contact: 
Lindsey Anthony, Senior Publicist
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