Totem (2008)

Video Image Artist

TOTEM is a Cirque du Soleil show directed by Robert Lepage.

In TOTEM, creation myths act as a springboard for exploring the birth and evolution of Man – like an echo of the great questions of life.

From the edge of an « image marshland » that becomes a spring, a swamp, a lake and an ocean through the magic of projectors, the show traces the fascinating journey from the beginnings of life to Man’s ultimate desire to fly. The characters in TOTEM inhabit an island evoking the shape of a giant turtle – an animal that, according to many ancient civilizations, carries the world on its shell.

The themes of evolution and the search for balance are closely woven together throughout the show and illustrate – in a multidimensional visual and acrobatic language – the evolutionary journey of species.

Somwhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.


Guide and Founder: Guy Laliberté
Executive Producer: Stéphane Mongeau
Writer and Director: Robert Lepage
Artistic Guide: Gilles Ste-Croix
Director of Creation: Neilson Vignola


Set and Props Designer: Carl Fillion
Costume Designer: Kym Barret
Lighting Designer: Étienne Boucher
Projection Content Designer: Pedro Pires
Choreographer: Jeffrey Hall
Acrobatic Performance Designer: Florence Pot
Composer, Arranger & Recording Producer: Marc Lessard
Composer, Arranger & Recording Producer: Guy Dubuc
Sound Designer: Jacques Boucher
Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer: Pierre Masse
Make-up Designer: Nathalie J. Simard
Production Manager: Gabriel Pinkstone

Photos: Daniel Desmarais ©2010 Cirque du Soleil
OSA Images Costume: Kym Barrett © 2009 Cirque du Soleil