Lepage and Cirque is a match made in circus heaven. Choreographer Jeff Hall deserves his share of the credit, too. As do the rest of the creative team. ”
- Pat Donnelly, The Gazette, April 29, 2010

Creations: Totem
By Cirque du Soleil

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.


(...) "bills itself as “somewhere between science and legend,” a story about “the evolutionary progress of the species.” Well, O.K., the slick choreography and a smattering of vibrant videos sort of reflect that idea. But a better and quicker description is this: one very sharp show." More -->
- Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, March 25, 2013
"For much of its length, "Totem," which opened Friday in the big top outside AT&T Park, is the most enjoyable new Cirque du Soleil show to come along in quite a while. Canadian theater legend Robert Lepage, who wrote and directed it, and choreographer Jeffrey Hall create a whimsically seductive flow that puts each impressive act in clear focus without making the show seem fragmented." More -->
- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle, October 31, 2011
"Not since Franco Dragone, who set the paradigm for the first decade of Cirque du Soleil, has a stage director truly set such a distinctive stamp. Lepage and Cirque is a match made in circus heaven. Choreographer Jeff Hall deserves his share of the credit, too. As do the rest of the creative team."
- Pat Donnelly, The Gazette, April 29, 2010
"Since 1984 the French-Canadian "Cirque du Soleil" has dazzled audiences all over the world with its classy take on traditional circus skills, minus the animal acts. Its current show, Totem, written and directed by the avant-garde Canadian Robert Lepage is almost beyond praise, and certainly defies description." "Another contribution, which I suspect is Mr. Lepage's: the basic discipline of "Totem" is dance. There is never a foot (bowl, ball, stick or ring) put wrong, and Jeff Hall's choreography is a lot more "Swan Lake" than "Strictly Come Dancing."
- Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2011
"And in Totem, Cirque du Soleil's new production, Robert Lepage, the renowned Canadian theatre director, stands in for God, or the circus's answer to Darwin. And what is great about the production, as opposed to some of its predecessors, is that it has theatrical focus. It is not distracted by its own virtuosity. Lepage directs the audience: we know exactly where to look." "Jeffrey Hall's choreography builds on the notion of newness and even of occasional (highly rehearsed) clumsiness, as the two figures involve themselves in a series of unexpected knots and become to each other a burden, a plaything, a second self."
- Kate Kellaway, The Observer, Sunday Jan. 9, 2011


  • Guy Laliberté, Artistic Guide
  • Gilles Ste-Croix, Artistic Guide
  • Robert Lepage, Writer and Director
  • Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation
  • Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer
  • Kym Barrett, Costume Designer
  • Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc), Composers and Musical Directors
  • Bob & Bill (Marc Lessard), Composers and Musical Directors
  • Jeff Hall, Choreographer
  • Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer
  • Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer
  • Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer
  • Pierre Masse, Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
  • Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer
  • Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer