‘Totem’ Explores Evolution Of Man In Bay Area Performances

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — “Cirque du Soleil’s Totem: A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind,” has performances in San Francisco now through Dec. 18 and returns to the Bay Area in San Jose on March 2.

Cirque du Soleil, based out of Montreal, Canada, started in 1984 and has had more than 30 touring shows.

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Cirque’s website describes Totem as tracing “the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.”

In an interview on CBS 5’s Bay Sunday, company manager Jeff Lund elaborated on that description: “The show starts out with a pictorial, basically, and we take you all the way through space flight into outer space and we do that through acrobatics, great costumes, classic music. It brings you through that evolution from A to Z.”

Lund added, “It’s a show that everyone can relate to. When you walk into the big top, you are transformed.”

One Totem performer, Umi Miya – who does high bar and trampoline performances in the show – revealed that he has Bay Area roots. Miya told CBS 5 that he used to teach gymnastics in San Mateo.

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