Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM Coming to Miami

New fantasy show opens Thursday at Sun Life Stadium

By David Jeannot
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 1:48 PM EDT
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With the weight of the world on a turtles shell, forget reality and get lost in the fantasy that is Cirque Du Soleil s TOTEM, coming to Miami on Thursday. Performer Greg Kennedy and publicist Francis Jalbert discuss.

With the weight of the world on a turtles shell, forget reality and get lost in the fantasy that is Cirque Du Soleil s TOTEM, coming to Miami on Thursday. Performer Greg Kennedy and publicist Francis Jalbert discuss.

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With the weight of the world on a turtles shell, forget reality and get lost in the fantasy that is Cirque Du Soleil’s TOTEM, coming to Miami on Thursday.

Greg Kennedy plays the scientist in the show and says the audience will easily be overwhelmed with excitement.

“Our show TOTEM is actually one of the more up-beat Cirque du Soleil shows, it’s a huge celebration of life and wonderful imagery," Kennedy said. "The acts inter-splice so there’s a lot of live performance mixed with technology and it a beautiful thing."

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Francis Jalbert is the show’s publicist and says all the prep work from wardrobe, workouts to rehearsals is very critical in telling the story of the human evolution and the ultimate desire to fly.

"A show like this takes three years in the making, so it's two years on the table showing ideas determining what the show will be and in the last year we’re bringing in acrobats but these acrobats they come from various backgrounds so some are some are gymnasts, some come from a circus background and have been training since they were 5 years old,” Jalbert said.

Looking from Sun Life Stadium or the turnpike, the blue and yellow Cirque du Soleil big top may not seem that large but it can hold up to 2,600 people.

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"It's fun to come to a new market because we always see the energy in different cities," Kennedy said. "It's going to be fun to see what Miami has to offer to us."

The visual high-flying evolutionary progress of species opens Thursday and runs through February 24th.

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