Press Release

Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Columbus with an all-new big top production!

Colombus, OH, Monday, May 13, 2013


TOTEM, written and directed by Robert Lepage, opens 
on August 22nd, 2013 at the Ohio Expo Center

Pre-sale tickets now available for Cirque Club members

General on-sale to starting on May 20, 2013

Columbus, OH – May 13, 2013 - Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce its return to Columbus with a big top production for the first time since 2007. TOTEM, written and directed by internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, opens on August 22, 2013 for a limited engagement through September 15, 2013 under the trademark blue-and-yellow big top at the Ohio Expo Center.

Ticket offers are now available online to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, visit

Tickets for the general public will be available startingMay 20,




Since its Montreal World Premiere in April 2010, more than 2 million people across Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have been mesmerized by the TOTEM experience that The San Francisco Chronicle described as “whimsically seductive and the most enjoyable show to come along from Cirque du Soleil in quite awhile” and The New York Times referred as “What’s the next level after impressed? Amazed? Awe-struck? Whatever it is, that emotion arrives often in TOTEM. This is one very sharp show. TOTEM is thrilling”.

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 intimate and visually-stunning production features a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, singers and musicians coming from 15 different countries who perform in an ever-changing scenic environment. Through the magic of video images that were specially shot for the production in various parts of the world, the set of TOTEM becomes a virtual swamp, a river source, a marsh, a lake, an ocean, a volcanic island, a pond and a starry sky.

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Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official sponsors of theTOTEM 2013 North American tour: Infiniti, CGI, XEROX, and its presenting sponsor Visa Signature.

About 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.

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Media Contact:

Angela Krile

Krile Communications


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