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Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is Totally Awesome – The Top Five Acts in Photos – But It Leaves AT&T Park Dec. 18th

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Well, the reviews are in for five star Yelp-rated Totem down at Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park.

Nobody doesn’t want you to see this show:

Robert Hurwitt:‘Totem’ review: Whimsical vision shapes sweet show

Karen D’Souza: Review: ‘Totem,’ playing in San Francisco, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most magical productions

Leslie Katz: “High drama at Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’

Chad Jones: Thrilling return to form in trippy Totem”

Cindy Warner: Totem in SF shows Cirque’s evolution into higher art form, totally dazzling

Practicalities:

Join the CirqueClub, why not?

They used to have 15% and 20% discounts but I don’t know how those links are working now. Costco San Francisco will sell you a pair of Category 1 (good seats, but not the best) for like $157, I think.

Even the cheapest Category 3 seats for $50-something aren’t all that bad, actually. How happy you’ll be depends on the particular act and your particular seat, I s’pose. You won’t be far from the stage at all but you will be off to the side.

Parking is $20 but you can always park for free in the evenings on Channel one block to the west, just south and west of the 4th Street Bridge.

All right, on with the show.

Roller Skates:

OMG, this one‘s off the hook. Is she going to hit her head on the platform? And just how many RPMs is she spinning now? Check out Massimiliano Medini and Denise Garcia-Sorta from a documentary here and don’t miss the start of their IRL romance at 2:30. This is the best act by far, IMO.

Fixed Trapeze Duo:

OMG, it’s Rosalie Ducharme and Louis-David Simoneau on the trapeze. Per Leslie Katz, “A trapeze duo cleverly plays out figurative as well as literal ups and downs of romance in a delightfully attitude-filled act.” Yep, pretty much.

Perches: 

Amazing. Aluminum poles, very bendy.

Russian Bars:

This is your “Aztec Astronaut stuff

Unicycles and Bowls:

So, you can figure out the rules of the game pretty quickly and then you can sit back and grade them on how they do. Very impressive. (What this has to do with evolution I have no idea, but anyway.)

Those are your top five acts in Totem.

All right, see you there!

Opening
Parallel bar and trampoline
Hoop dance
Rings trio
Clown act
Chinese unicycle and bowls
Foot juggling
Perches

Intermission

Devil sticks
Fixed trapeze duo
Cone juggling
Clown act
Hoop dance
Roller skate
Russian bar
Finale

OMG, Cirque du Soleil is Back! TOTEM Starts Friday at the Big Tent Near AT&T Park

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek from Stark Insider.

And learn about the “Aztec astronaut stuff” here.

Get the latest and see a few photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

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 close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

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The Circus is Back at AT&T Park! Cirque du Soleil Returns with TOTEM – Starts October 28th – Here’s a 20% Discount

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Here’s how it went in the big parking lot of AT&T Park today.

All together now:

Via Kasey L. Ross – click to expand

And it’s good:

It’ll be huge inside when they get done putting everything together.

And oh, here, have a 20% discount. And they just added more shows, from December 12-18. And be sure to join the Cirque Club why not?

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Francisco this fall, and friends of SF Citizen can receive 20% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Francisco with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Friday, October 28th, 2011. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. 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.

Fun for the whole family!”

This is going to be mega.

All the deets:

“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH A NEW BIG TOP PRODUCTION!
TOTEM
IT ALL STARTED TODAY WITH THE RAISING OF THE BLUE-AND-YELLOW GRAND CHAPITEAU AT AT&T PARK

Opens Friday, October 28 for a limited engagement

SAN FRANCISCO (October 20, 2011) – The first visible sign of the arrival of Cirque du Soleil and its live production TOTEM in San Francisco is the raising of the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) and the set-up of the Cirque du Soleil Village.   This event took place today at AT&T Park in San Francisco where a team of 60-plus men and women have hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up.

About the Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:

*    The Grand Chapiteau seats more than 2,600 people.
*    The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.
*    The Grand Chapiteau stands 19 meters high, 51 meters in diameter.
*    The 4 masts stand at 25 meters tall each.
*    550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 4,500 square meters of asphalt.
*    The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate control with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.
*    TOTEM travels via 65 trailers carrying more than 1,200 pounds of equipment for the tour.

Box office

Also as part of Cirque du Soleil village, a box office will be set up at the front of the Grand Chapiteau.  Regular box office hours are from 2 hours prior to show time to 30 minutes after beginning of the show.  The box office is closed on Mondays.

Tickets can also be purchased at all time online via www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

Performance schedule

As of October 28 for a limited engagement: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 20h; Fridays and Saturdays at 16h and 20h; Sundays at 13h and 17h; and dark on Mondays.

Cirque du Soleil to visit San Jose 2012

TOTEM will be presented as March 2, 2012 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose. Tickets are available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem .

Sponsors

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011 TOTEM Tour as well as CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.”
See you there!

OMG, Get a 15% Discount on the New Cirque du Soleil Show, TOTEM – Starts October 28th, 2011

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Oh, here you go – 15% off.

Here’s the latest:

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Francisco this fall, and friends of the SF Citizen can receive 15% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Francisco with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Friday, October 28th, 2011. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. 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.

Fun for the whole family! Please click this link to enjoy a 15-percent savings.  

Also, don’t forget to download the new free Cirque du Soleil iPhone app for information on all of Cirque du Soleil’s shows worldwide and exclusive discounts!”

So that’s the news – if you use the special links above to get to their website, you’ll get a 15% discount. And if you don’t, you won’t. I don’t know how long this deal will last.

Anyway, now’s the time if you are at all interested.

And here’s a retread post with some more deets, below.

See you there!

 

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Get the latest and see a few new photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

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 close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

OMG, the New Cirque du Soleil Show, TOTEM, Looks Awesome, So Get Your Tickets Now – Starts October 28th

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Get the latest and see a few new photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

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 close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

OMG, It’s a Brand New Cirque du Soleil! TOTEM Under the Big Comes to S.F. and San Jose for 2011-2012

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

OMG, OMG, it’s a brand new show and they’re bringing the tent:

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO BAY AREA WITH ITS LATEST BIG TOP SHOW  TOTEM 
In San Francisco as of October 28, 2011
In San Jose as of March 2, 2012

That’s a ways off now, but do join the Cirque Club today, why not? It’s free.

This is going to be mega.

See you there!

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS NOW AVAILABLE TO
CIRQUE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY
Specially-priced tickets available!

San Francisco – June 8, 2011 – Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEM will open in San Francisco on October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at the AT&T Park and in the spring 2012 in San Jose as of March 2 at the Taylor Street Bridge.
Cirque Club special offer

Specially-priced tickets for TOTEM in the Bay Area are now available to Cirque Club members for an exclusive period through June 26 (San Francisco) and September 18 (San Jose) at cirqueclub.com. Cirque Club Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.

About TOTEM
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.
Sponsors
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011-2012 TOTEM Tour as well as CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.

Peter Pan is Fantastic – A Must See-Show Inside the Big White Tent Near the Ferry Building

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Long-awaited Peter Pan has been showing for couple of weeks already, but last night became the official premiere owing to the fact that May 9th was the 150th birthday of writer J. M. Barrie. Everybody there, including District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, KGO-7 View from the Bay’s Janelle Wang and famous photographer Bill Wilson, seemed to be having a great time anyway.

The circular CGI works, the puppets work, the flying works – it all works. You can’t beat this for $30* of live entertainment. It’s a show for kids of course, but most adults should have no problem getting into it as well. (Didn’t see no cranky, protesting I-never-leave-home NIMBY types nor cranky I-never-should-leave-home Yelper types yesterday myself, so that’s good.)

Everybody loves the whimsical Croc. Tick tock:

Click to expand. Via Simon Annand

There’s not a really bad seat in the house - it’s what you call intimate with even the nosebleeds placed pretty close to the stage. Here’s the view from Block B. Block A is to the right and Blocks D and E are on the other side of the stage. Note the giant oculus above the giant CGI screens.

And there’s candy, candy, candy available at the Fairyland Candy Shop:

And, of course:

www.facebook.com/peterpantheshow
www.twitter.com/peterpantheshow

Throw in a sexy, in-shape knife-wielding princess and a couple of sexy, in-shape Cirque du Soleil-style mermaids and there you go.

Oh, and speaking of NIMBIES, it turns out they were crying over nothing.

HUGEBRANE Ugly white plastic tent thing where a beautiful open space park had been. I’ll be glad when this monstrosity is gone. Fortunately, it’s not generating the noise I thought it would.”

(Note the handle.) So all that hue and cry over the Rec and Park Department making a few bucks was over nothing, it turns out. Moving on….

See you there!

(Try ordering a Peter Panini (smoked ham, brie, granny smith apples, wild arugula and local honey) just for the lulz. You don’t even need a ticket to wander about the village.)

*And up.

All the deets, including casting, after the jump.

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The Best Way to Get Tickets for Peter Pan in San Francisco, Debuting April 27th

Monday, March 15th, 2010

J M Barrie’s Peter Pan at the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre will make its U.S. premiere April 27th in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. It’s shaping up to be something like Cirque du Soleil, except it’ll be cheaper and aimed more at kids. That’s my guess.

Anyway, interest in seeing P.P. is high already, so get your tickets now if you are at all interested – there’s no need to pay the scalpers anything at this point. Und, for your convenience, starting today, you can go to a box office to get your ticks and avoid any fees. All the deets are below. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This is the scene down at Ferry Plaza near Washington and the Embarcadero. The construction site is akin to Cirque du Soleil’s OVO traveling tent show: 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 27, 2010
peterpantheshow.com

WHAT:        
Two new satellite box office locations are now open selling tickets for the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of PETER PAN.  J M Barrie’s classic story is performed in the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre set in San Francisco’s Ferry Park on the Embarcadero opposite the Ferry Building. 

In addition to purchasing tickets online or over the phone, patrons can now buy tickets in person at the new PETER PAN  Justin Herman Plaza Box Office located at the end of Market Street @ Steuart Street (NO service charges for tickets purchased here). The other convenient new location to purchase tickets to PETER PAN is right inside the Stockton Street entrance of Macy’s in Union Square.

PETER PAN at The threesixty° Theatre will be an iconic destination on San Francisco’s historic waterfront. The cast and audience are immersed in a CGI Neverland, so that when Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland the audience flies with them over 400 square miles of virtual London and beyond. A magical park-like setting will be created that invites patrons to enhance their entertainment experience. With refreshments available on-site, a behind-the-scenes Into Neverland tour and a free 100 Years of Peter Pan exhibit, audiences will begin the journey before the performance commences.

WHERE: 
New Satellite Box offices

Justin Herman Plaza Box Office located at the end of Market Street @ Steuart Street is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
   There are no service charges for tickets purchased at the Justin Herman Plaza Box Office

Macy’s Department Store in Union Square located at the Stockton Street entrance is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Online and phone TICKET INFO: 
Tickets can also be purchased online at peterpantheshow.com or by calling 1-888-ppantix
(1-888-772-6849).  For groups of 15 or more, please call 1-415-551-2020 or email groupsales@shnsf.com.

Ticket Prices:
Tickets for PETER PAN range in price from $30 to $85.
A $20 discount for children 12 and under is available for select performances.

Premium tickets for PETER PAN are available. For details, check online www.peterpantheshow.com

SHOW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tuesday & Thursday at 7 PM
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM
Sunday at 1 PM & 5 PM

For more information about PETER PAN:
Please visit www.peterpantheshow.com
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Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/peterpantheshow

Peter Pan and a 360-Degree CGI Set Coming to San Francisco on April 27th, 2010

Friday, November 20th, 2009

[UPDATE: Box offices are open now in San Francisco - the one with no fees is by Embarcadero Station. And, it's a hit! Check it.]

Starting April 27th, 2010 down by San Francisco’s Ferry Building you’ll be able to see a live-action performance of Peter Pan with 22 actors inside a huge tent that will have projections on its walls. It’s new-school theatre in the round. You know, for kids

Check the video, see what you think. The whole shebang will run seven shows a week until July 4th at Embarcadero Plaza at the foot of Washington Street. Just go to Embarcadero and Market Street and look for the big white tent at Ferry (or is it Fairy?) Plaza (aka Sue Bierman Park) - you wont be able to miss it.

Tickets on sale now. It’s going to be mega.

Here’s what it will look like:

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And here’s the schematic:

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If you’re still reading, you probably have a few questions. All the deets after the jump.

See you there!

And oh, here’s Robert Hurwitt’s take

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