inFocus: Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”

  • An acrobat performs while hanging upside down during Cirque du Soleil's "Totem." (Michael Ares)
  • An acrobat, posing as a frog, stands on a turtle shell during the segment “Bars (Carapace).” (Michael Ares)
  • The Crystal Ladies emerge from their dramatic entrance before opening the foot juggling segment. (Michael Ares)
  • Two "Crystal Ladies" spin squares of glittering material on their hands and feet during Cirque du Soleil's "Totem." (Michael Ares)
  • A man performs a balancing act to symbolize the struggles one must go through to grow. (Michael Ares)
  • A young man and woman perform the opening of a trapeze act to symbolize love and seduction. (Michael Ares)
  • A man and woman perform an artistic wedding on roller skates. (Michael Ares)
  • Three acrobats jump in the air during the “Russian Bars” act. (Michael Ares)
  • The cast of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Totem” perform the final act. (Michael Ares)

Michael Ares, Staff Photographer

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Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is the group’s newest act, which blends acrobatics and dancing narratives to symbolize the evolution process of species. The performance will continue in Los Angeles through November 10.


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