The Cirque du Soleil blue-and-yellow big top is now up in the Greater Philadelphia Area!
The Cirque du Soleil blue-and-yellow big top is now up
in the Greater Philadelphia Area!
All-new production TOTEM opens on May 30
at the Camden Waterfront for a limited engagement through June 30
Additional week of performances now on pre-sale for Cirque Club members
Philadelphia, PA– May 20, 2013–Cirque du Soleil has arrived at the Camden Waterfront in the Greater Philadelphia Area and is in complete set-up mode in preparation for the May 30 opening night of its awe-inspiring touring production TOTEM. The show’s trademark blue-and-yellow big top was raised earlier today along the Delaware River by a team of more than 60 men and women who worked for several hours to pound pegs, hoist more than 100 support poles, unfurl the canvas, and finally raise the roof of the acrobatic and theatrical experience that is TOTEM. Local dignitaries gave a hand to theCirque du Soleil team and welcomed them to their new location:
"The City of Camden is thrilled to host TOTEM from Cirque du Soleil this summer. Cirque du Soleil’s presence will not only have a great economic impact for our region, by attracting thousands of visitors to the Camden Waterfront, but will also provide job opportunities for Camden residents and strong civic partnerships with local organizations."
---- Camden City Mayor, Dana L. Redd
"Over the years, the Camden and Philadelphia waterfronts have worked together to transform our region’s greatest asset, the Delaware River, into a top-tier destination. The arrival of world-class events like Cirque du Soleil provides a new reason for residents, visitors and tourists to enjoy an afternoon or evening out along the Delaware River and keep their dollars locally. Cirque du Soleil also serves as catalyst for vital Waterfront development by showcasing the Camden Waterfront as great place to work, live, play, and invest."
---- Anthony Perno, CEO, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
*To download high-resolution photos of the Camden Waterfront big top raising event, visit:http://www.yousendit.com/download/WFJYTkFpeFVRWUlYRHNUQw
About the big top and the Cirque du Soleil village:
- The big top seats more than 2,600 people.
- The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, administrative offices and kitchen.
- The big top stands 66 feet high and is 167 feet in diameter.
- The 4 masts stand at 80 feet tall each.
- 550 pegs are required to hold the big top firmly to 48,500 square feet of asphalt.
- The big top,the VIP Rouge and artistic tents are all climate controlled with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.
- TOTEMtravels via 64 trailers, carrying more than 1,200 tons of equipment.
Limited engagement extended!
Cirque du Soleiladded today an additional week of performances (June 26 – 30, 2013) to the limited engagement of TOTEM at the Camden Waterfront. Tickets are currently available exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 30. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com.
Tickets for all Philadelphia performances of TOTEM from May 20 to June 23, 2013 are now available online to the general public at www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.
A new home at the Camden Waterfront
The Cirque du Soleil blue-and-yellow big top has been set-up at a new location only 5 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Located at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Southern New Jersey, the Camden Waterfront is easily accessible by car, as well as the Riverlink Ferry at Penns Landing, the PATCO High Speed Line, SEPTA, the New Jersey Transit buses, and the RiverLine train from many points in South Jersey.
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 TOTEM, winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience. The San Francisco Chronicle described TOTEM as “whimsically seductive and the most enjoyable show to come along from Cirque du Soleil in quite awhile” andThe New York Timesreferred to it 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.
For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem
Stay connected with TOTEM on Twitter: @Cirque #TOTEM
Cirque du Soleilgratefully 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.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
TOTEM Broadcast Quality Downloadable Videos
TOTEM Downloadable Official Photos
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Costumes: Kym Barrett
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