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Atlanta loves Cirque du Solei and the feeling is mutual

Totem, which opened at Midtown's Atlantic Station over the weekend, marks the 10th Cirque du Soleil big top touring show to visit Atlanta since 1991.

Cirque du Soleil has returned to Atlanta with its touring production Totem, which premiered this past Friday to begin a two-month engagement under the blue-and-yellow big top at Atlantic Station.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke recently with the show’s artistic director Tim Smith about what patrons might expect to see and experience at Totem.

The show, which is scheduled to be performed locally through Dec.30, features a cast the is comprised of 52 performing artists from 17 countries speaking 11 different languages.

Performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. No performances on Mondays. As it may vary, please visit here for the detailed show schedule.

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.

Since its world premiere in 2010, Totem has visited more than 14 different cities in four 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.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a Québec-based organization that provides 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 performers have entertained more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

Have you seen or do you plan to see Totem? Are you a fan of Cirque du Soleil shows? Let us know!

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