By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Cirque du Soleil returns to Baltimore in April with a brand new production that is nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

Mary Bubala reports it’s called “TOTEM” and it’s about how man is connected to other creatures on this earth.

Through song, acrobatics, and dance, “TOTEM” traces the journey of the human species from its original state to its ultimate desire to fly.

Melanie Lalande is the artistic director. She says “TOTEM” lets us escape for a bit.

“It’s really just kind of a chance to get away from everything that’s going on in the world today,” Lalande said.

Tracker — a character who’s environmentally conscious — came to the Maryland Science Center, along with the Amerindian dancer, the scientist who visits different worlds in the show and a very realistic looking monkey.

“We wanted them to look wild and rough and how you would actually find monkeys in the wild,” said Amanda Balius, head of wardrobe.

When “TOTEM” comes to Baltimore, audiences will see it under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at the Westport Waterfront.

“It’s special because it’s more intimate,” Lalande said.

“TOTEM” runs from April 7 to April 24.  This is the fifth time a Cirque du Soleil shows has come to Baltimore.   


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