Press Release

Cirque du Soleil is bringing back its blue-and-yellow big top to Ottawa!

Ottawa, Monday, April 15, 2013


TOTEM, written and directed by Robert Lepage, opens 
on July 11, 2013 next to Scotiabank Place

Pre-sale tickets now available exclusively for Cirque Club members
General on-sale to starting on April 19, 2013


Ottawa, ON – April 15, 2013 - Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce its return to Ottawa with a big top production for the first time since 2008. TOTEM, written and directed by internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, opens on July 11, 2013 for a limited engagement through July 28, 2013 under the trademark blue-and-yellow big top next to Scotiabank Place.

Exclusive ticket offers are now available online to Cirque Club members only. 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 starting April 19, 2013 at



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 Montreal Gazette described as “A true WOW! Escapist entertainment at its best” and The Toronto Star proclaimed as “spectacular, artful. Breathtaking and deliciously ironic”.

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.

For more information, visit

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Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official sponsors of the TOTEM 2013 Ottawa engagement: Infiniti, CGI, XEROX, Rogers, Ernst & Young, Magnum, as well as it presenting sponsor, Desjardins.


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.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit

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Cirque du Soleil Twitter account @cirque – Hashtag: #totem
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Press Contact:            
Chris Lackner
Holmes PR