Cirque Du Soleil's "Totem" Premieres Tonight At The Santa Monica Pier

Friday, 17 Jan 2014, 10:45:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Cirque du Soleil's “Totem” features 46 acrobats, actors, musicians, and singers. Performances run on various days and times through March 16.
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Cirque du Soleil's “Totem” features 46 acrobats, actors, musicians, and singers. Performances run on various days and times through March 16.

Performances begin tonight under Cirque du Soleil’s trademark

blue-and-yellow big top tent next to the Santa Monica Pier for the

touring production of “Totem.”

The family-friendly show traces the journey of the human species from

its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The word

“totem” contains the idea of the order of species.

Located in the north beach parking, the tent was raised last Thursday

afternoon followed by the installation of the stage, bleachers, and

amenities.

“Totem” company manager Jeff Lund said Cirque hired almost 200 locals for its run in Santa Monica.

“We use a good portion of them to set up the big top as well as tear

it down,” Lund said. “We hire locals during the run of the shows to work

as ushers, in the box office, and at food and beverage stands.”

Lund, who has previously worked on Cirque’s “Mystere” and “KA” productions in Las Vegas, said “Totem” was a great family show.

“It brings back the essence of Cirque,” Lund said. “It’s got the

strong acrobatic elements. Anyone can come and have a great time; it

really inspires people. There’s great music and great costumes.”

“Totem” arrived via 65 trailers, carrying more than 1,200 tons of equipment.

The entire site set-up took eight days; the big top seats more than 2,600 people.

Since its world premiere in 2010, more than two million people

worldwide have seen the show, which was winner of the 2013 Drama Desk

Awards for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience.

Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians, and singers,

“Totem” is described an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy,

heartfelt emotions, and visual effects.

General admission adult tickets are available starting at $55 ($45 for children 2-12, $50 students 13+ with ID/seniors) at www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

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