Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM in San Diego!

The Southern California exclusive showing of Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from April 26 to May 13, 2012 and we want to send you and a friend! TOTEM guides you on a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind with death-defying acrobatics, grace and laughter. It is the circus, after all!

The Crystal Man, doing his thing.

But the Crystal Man is no laughing matter. Elton John might love to get his hands on the velvet costume made up of 4,500 glittering mobile mosaics (as would I!), but not if it requires climbing down from the ceiling on a wire with any sort of confidence and grace. That is just hard. Magic crystal suit or not.

4,500 glitter mosaics! Wow. You want to know some more fun facts about TOTEM? I bet you do! It’s Monday after all! Officially* the best day ever to learn about Cirque du Soleil:

  • There are 18 countries represented by the 53 cast members of TOTEM: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, The People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine, The United Kingdom and the United States of America. Like a United Nations for Extremely Flexible Risk Takers.

The Circle of Life, TOTEM style.

  • TOTEM represents the circle of life both on and off stage. 23 children are on tour between the ages of 6 months to 17 years old. Currently, the youngest tour member is 6 months and the eldest is 61!
  • The site takes 8 days to set up but only 3 to take it down. Thanks, gravity.
  • 65 trailers transport 1,200 tons of equipment but not one, single elephant.

This is me and my bike club. We do this every Saturday. No biggie.

  • Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1894, with only 73 employees. Today they employ 5,000 people worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists. Artists as talented as my bike club, pictured above.

*Not at all official.

Want to see the Crystal Man in all his 4,500 glittering mobile mosaic splendor? We are giving away 2 tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM on May 9, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Just leave a comment on this blog post by 10:00 am P.S.T. on Thursday April 19, 2012 for a chance to win. What’s your favorite Cirque du Soleil act?

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About Maren

San Diego raised and New York City educated, I trained as a classical singer before switching to tourism marketing. Now I love telling the world about San Diego's diverse offerings, from live music to live uni. As a friend recently told me, "tough job."

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269 thoughts on “Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM in San Diego!

  1. I have seen one Cirque de Soleil show and it was the La Nouba in Orlando.  My favorite act was the little girls that did spinning yo-yo like tricks with a string and dowels…amazing!

  2. My first and only Cirque du Soleil act I saw was La Reve in Las Vegas.  I was 17 and went to see it with my family.  Although I can’t compare it to other Cirque shows, it’s definitely one of the the best performances I’ve ever seen and one that I’ll never forget.  The acrobats, the stunts, the story, and especially the music is just incredible!  I have so much respect for everyone in the Cirque crew, they’re really a talented bunch and would looove to see another show of theirs.

  3. Pick me please…. I am getting married soon, so this would be a nice surprise for my husband to be.:) Lanise Herman

  4. I’ve never seen any, but would love to see “LOVE” as I am a huge Beatles lover, but also love the stuff Cirque puts out is amazing!!!!!

  5. I have watched zumanity in Las Vegas last year and mystere the year before that. I just love cirque de soleil and I would love to watch the new show :-).. Please :-)

  6. I have always been a fan of the Cirque du Soleil. This would be an amazing opportunity to see them do what they do best in the best city in the world. Always amazing!

  7. Another brilliant show created by Cirque de Soleil!! Each one is so unique and awed aspiring! Can’t wait to see Totem and be amazed ! 

  8. I have never been to a single Cirque du Soleil performance sadly but have always wanted to for years now with San Diego only an hour and a half away? Yes I will definitely keep my fingers crossed nd pray for this one.

  9. Never got a chance to watch any Cirque du Soleil acts but my boyfriend and I have always wanted to watch because it seems so fascinating. :)

  10. I have never been to Cirque du Soleil! I am dying to go! In the last 5 years I have had 5 surgeries to try to manage chronic pain that keeps me from doing everyday, fun activities with my family. I have a spinal cord stimulator in my back now to help manage the pain. I would really love to get out with my family and do something amazing like see Cirque du Soleil. (Of course, there are 3 of us…….)

  11. I’ve run sweepstakes for over 17 years and have never won anything so I would love to finally win…..AND, I’ve seen SO many performances of CDS that it’s impossible to comment on favorite act because they are all simply amazing and awe inspiring!!

  12. The only one I saw was at Del Mar a couple years ago, it was amazing! I really enjoyed it and want to see more.

  13. My favorite so far is Alegria, but thats the only one I’ve seen- when they were in SD. Cirque really puts on an amazing show/experience! I’d love to win tickets to see this show! :)

  14. I love them all :)) no words can describe the art that these people can do with their bodies!! I would love to take my grandma for her 90th birthday present!!!

  15. My son (age 11) loves Cirque du Soleil. His dream is to attend every show that exists (except for Zumanity….he is a bit young for that). For his 11th birthday, his birthday wish was to go to Las Vegas and see three Cirque du Soleil shows. so we did. He LOVES them. His favorite show so far is KA because of the moving platform/wall and the martial arts. My personal favorite was La Reve at Wynn!

  16. Would love to take my girls to see one of these amazing shows!! I’ve seen “KA” in Vegas, it was spectacular!!

  17. I would love to win tickets for my daughter and her husband, they have been married almost a year and are always so busy working and school. I would love to see them go out and have some fun!!!

  18. Varekai would have to be my favorite Cirque show, mostly because it was the first one I ever saw and it blew me away. I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve only seen them under the tents in my area (I think it’s the best way to experience Cirque) and I’ve never been disappointed. Everyone should experience it!! AWESOME!!!

  19. I have seen Mystere and Love in Vegas and Iris in Hollywood, all of them awesome.  However, the best Cirque du Soleil experience I have had was in Quebec City.  It was free and a gift to the city for their anniversary.  Amazing!  The public gathered outside underneath a freeway, while two groups of performers walked through the streets and converged to the meeting place for the performance.  Did I mention this was free??

  20. My favorite Cirque act is the aerialist performance! I love how they soar beautifully above the crowd in an eyecandied spectacle. I always leave beaming and dreaming of joining them! Would love to delight the sensed and be a part of this magic! Thank you kindly!

  21. Ive always wanted to see a Cirque show!! Cant afford tix to the show right now,so winning them would truly mean a lot! :)

  22. My husband gets back from Deployment on the 6th and a relaxing and awe inspiring date seeing Cirque would be absolutely brilliant!

  23. Zumanity was my favorite, I saw another act that was supposed to be like Cirque du Soleil ( i won’t mention them ), but I wasn’t as satisfied. These are the most talented acrobats IN THE WORLD.

  24. I saw Zumanity about 5 years ago.  It was an amazing experience and I would love to see another Cirque du Soleil – TOTEM one day.  I highly recommend seeing this show.  It is an experience you will never forget!

  25. I took my husband to go see “O” in Las Vegas a couple of months ago and he loved it! Can’t wait to go see this one!

  26. my absolute favorite act was the atherton brothers from “iris”! the strength of these two is truly outstanding, and their connection so personal, it brought tears to my eyes.

  27. This blog is terrific.  I’m sending a link to my daughter and her family.  I don’t remember them ever seeing Cirque du Soleil!  Thanks for a great blog.

  28. First time to this blog.  It’s great.  Already forwarded to my kids and their families here in San Diego.  Hope I win the tickets to Cirque du Solei’s  TOTEM!  Only been to Cirque once or twice quite a while ago and I loved the entire production. 

  29. Just lost my job but I have not missed any of the Cirque du Soleil shows. I would love to see this new show to cheer me up :)

  30. I have always wanted to go to a show but I have never had a chance to see a Cirque du Soleil act.  I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those to have seen an act!  I live in Arizona and my daughter lives in San Diego.  She has always wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil act too and I would love to surprise her and
    be able to treat her to a show by winning two tickets!

  31. I have been to two Cirque shows in the past and would like to see my third!  Thanks for the chance to win Totem tickets :)

  32. Love Cirque du Soleil! Have seen two shows in Vegas but would love to see one in San Diego with my daughter, who moved there almost 2 years ago. And May 9 is my birthday! It would be a great Mothers Day and Birthday gift!!!!

  33. I love the last segment in La Nouba in Orlando. It is a fantastic piece that uses trampolines. Although, in reality I love all the Cirque du Soleil acts.

  34. I love the The Micheal Jackson Imortal tour,,,,it was so beautiful frin beging to the end…. took me way back to the Jackson five…. it was so beautiful I cried I hope his mother and children have seen it.

  35. I saw LOVE in Vegas a few years back and it was breathtaking!! My daughter is really intrigued by the arts and I would love, love, love to be able to take her to this!! So excited they will be in town!!

  36. I have always wanted to see Cirque du Soleil, but timing and money has never been on my side! Lol! I’d love to win and take my bff! :)

  37. My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary this year. This would make an excellent gift and a wonderful date! 

  38. I started hula hooping and learning aerial silks this year. It has completely brightened my life up. My aerial silks classes are my favorite days of the week, and my new circus friends rock. We want to come see the show!

  39. I have never been able to see a cirque show :( I have always always wanted to….. Our would be amazing to have this as my first cirque experience!!!

  40. My first cirque was Saltimanco. I have seen almost seen every show, my favorite is Saltimanco because you never forget your first one.

  41. My fiancé has never seen a cirque show. We would love to make this our first of many cirque shoes. Look forward to seeing the crystal man!

  42. I’m hoping my brutal honesty will win me the tickets. I’ve never actually seen a show. I’ve always wanted to, but the prices have always been just a bit out of my reach. I would love to see the show in Del Mar! Please give me the tickets so I can experience Cirque du Soleil in person! =D 

  43. I’ve never been to see a Cirque du Soliel show. I have admired them on tv, watching a compilation of the shows on KPBS, but I have never been to an actual show. I have been involved with circus, mostly clowning, for all of high school. I asked my mom if I could get tickets for my birthday, but we couldn’t afford it. Still trying to find a way to make it to a show.

  44. I saw Cirque back when they first were starting to tour. They were set up by Balboa Hospital’s parking lot. Maybe about early 1990’s. Would love to see them again!!

  45. I’ve always wanted to see Cirque du Soleil but haven’t had the chance to. It would be a great date for my husband and me :)

  46. Mystère was my favorite…perhaps because it was my first Cirque du Soleil production.  I held my breath through most of the performance, had goose bumps too! 

  47. The first and only show I was lucky to see was O.. I swear, I never laughed or cried so hard over a show ! The colors, music, acrobats were so beautiful , sensual, and exhilarating! I would LOVE to see Totem!

  48. I’ve never been to a live show but I’ve seen a few acts on dvd. It would be amazing to win tix :o). I love the glittering Mosaic Splendor. 

  49. I’d love to go see this!  I’ve never been able to go to a Cirque du Soleil act so this will hopefully be my first! 

  50. I would love, love, love to have a chance to see Cirque du Soleil.  I’ve never been able to afford the tickets, even though I am sure I would love everything about it!  May 9th of this year is the day after my son’s 21st birthday – It would be oh so perfect to be able to take him!  <3

  51. I don’t have a favourite act yet, since I’ve never seen a show, but I always wanted to go. I am excited about Cirque de Soleil coming to San Diego.

  52. I saw a video of the “bateau act”… Incredibly beautiful and gracious ! One of my favorite. I would love to see this act and all the others for real… <3

  53. my mom has always wanted to see a cirque du soleil show but has never gotten the opportunity because of a disability. She is amazed when we watch it on tv and I know she would want to see this in person. I would LOVE to take her to this since it’s so close to us!!!!

  54. I have never been able to attend a show, but from what I’ve seen on TV, it is absolutely amazing. So much talent that I’d love to support in person.
    Thank you.

  55. I have never been to a Cirque du Solei performance. I have always wanted to go!!! My kids would love to see it, as would I!

  56. I love love Zumanity! It is a free and uninhibited expression of love, passion and human sexuality done with great taste.  Las Vegas is such a great place to see a show like Zumanity.  I am always thankful that your creative team colors outsides the lines to give the audience such an amazing experience. 

  57. Dont know what my favorite cirque del sol act is, for i have never been. i sure would like to go and find out though !!!!!!

  58. First Cirque du Soleil I saw was O. Till this day I have to say it was mind blowing! I absolutely fell in love with it. The Cirque shows are amazing and entertaining! The performers are exceptional & truly gifted! I’d love to see them in San Diego.

  59. Our favorite Cirque de Soleil act is “O” – seen in Las Vegas. Last show was in Boston a few years ago. I’m entering this contest to surprise my husband who really loves Cirque de Soleil.

  60. We saw Mystere in Vegas & loved every minute of it!  This show looks to be just as impressive, & I can’t wait to see it.  Would be a great wedding present for us:)

  61. My favorite Cirque du Soleil’s act is the Criss Angel show “Believe” which I saw in Las Vegas.  He is an amazing illusionist.  I have always loved “magic,” and Criss Angel is the master of them all.  His show was not only entertaining, but also full of the beautiful, brightly colored costumes that each Cirque show does so well.  

  62. I have only seen “Ka” so I can’t really say it’s my favorite, but I was incredibly impressed! I would love to see another Cirque show!

  63. I’ve never been to any Cirque du Soleil show and would Love to go and watch them perform. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. I’ve never been to any Cirque du Soleil show, but this one really has caught my eye. Would absolutely LOVE to go!!

  65. IVe watched the clips about this show and it looks so amazing. I have to admit that I’ve never seen one of there shows. My friend wanted me to go with her but I just couldn’t afford the tickets!!! This would be amazing to get to win I could take my girlfriend with me her husband currently deployed and i’m newly single and haven’t Bern anywhere since I became a mom 2 years ago. Now i’m a single mom. It would be wonderful to have a night out on the town and treat an amazing friend with some fun too.

  66. My favorite Cirque du Soleil act is “O”. It was 2003, when I knew Cirque du Soleil. I was 16 years old.. I was really impressive and I’ve dream of working for the team til now. Also I’ve being wating them to come to San Diego!!!!! I wanna see this amazing show!!

  67. PICK JUST ONE ACT??? I couldnt pick just one!! the talent and beauty of all these amazing acts is truely what is astonishing about the human race!  I cannot wait to see yet another splended Cirque show!

  68. I love all the Cirque de Soleil shows but if I had to pick a favorite it would be O! And I would love it even more if I was the lucky winner – I would take my hubby for his birthday!

  69. Cirque du Soleil is so amazing!  Want to see the Totem show and would love to be able to take my grandson with me!  He will love it, too! 

  70. That’s right after my 26th birthday! I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show but have never been able to! 

  71. A dream to come true..I just moved to San Diego few months ago and things have been moving the opposite direction for me since then but I would love this show to be my first amazing experience here and hopefully a turnaround event that might influence positive, happy days to come

  72. Each and every Cirque de Soleil act I have experienced has touched the core of my being in some way, shape or form! I “LOVE” Cirque~the performers~the music~the artistry~the experience! It is hard to choose ‘A’ favorite because they have each been phenomenal!!! I would have to say Zumanity is ONE of my all time favorites for a multitude of reasons; however, each and every act is an experience to behold. I would be honored to win tickets to see TOTEM! Thank you for the opportunity and best wishes to all who enter! <3 

  73. I’d LOVE tickets to see another show, I saw the Beatles ‘LOVE’ show at the Mirage in Vegas, expensive, but an amazing act!

  74. My family is new to San Diego from Alabama,my husband is in the USN and has been deployed since we moved here. This would be a great way to help me cheer our 11 year old son up! We would love to win these tickets!

  75. Corteo was on of my favorite traveling shows and I still enjoy the classic mystere in Vegas! I would love to go watch this new one!!

  76. My new favorite just happens to be the Michael Jackson Immortal “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” Aerial Straps Duo Act. Beautifully staged, and very romantic. So much trust in that act!

  77. I love “Mystere”!!!!!!!!!!!! It is sooo wonderful…it combines powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and ii makes you dream while you are watching it…great!!!!!! Have a nice one! Anna dream while you are watching!!!

  78. It’s hard to choose which act is my favorite–the contortionists always take my breath away, but the acrobatic ribbons have to get the final vote. Crystal Man looks AMAZING! I saw the Cirque Reinvente when I was a little girl, and I’ve been hooked ever since!  I take all my friends and family who haven’t been and get them addicted as well, so these tickets would come in real handy…

  79. Cirque du soleil is our family favorite! It has been a great way to celebrate special occasions…It’s one event we all can agree on! All nine of us!
     IRIS, is my favorite because it’s about the cinema, at  the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles – . IRIS combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes you on a mesmerizing journey  between live performance and moving images.

  80. I saw Ka in Las Vegas and I’d have to say that the acrobatics and mind blowing effects used were such a sight to see! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing another Cirque du Soleil show real soon! 

  81. After seeing several different Cirque du Soleil shows, I think overall my favorite acts are the ones where they do acrobatics in the air on pieces of fabric. The flying, spinning, rolling is all so beautiful and fluid!

  82. I have watched them on TV but NEVER live!!! i would love to see them up close and in person!! I’ve always been Fascinated at the level of talent it takes to do what they do!

  83. I’ve enjoyed Cirque du Soleil since their early days, way back when (Nouvelle Experience). My favorite characters s have been the “master of ceremonies” players … 

  84. I loved the Cirque show in Vegas that was based in water, unbelievable!! Was several years ago, I’m sorrying I don’t remember the name of that particular one. We received top notch service, champagne, dipped strawberries, amazing seating! What an experience!!!!!

  85. I would love to take my mom to see the show for her birthday. She does so much for me and my kids and I no she hasn’t seen a show in a long time.

  86. We would love to see Totem!  My favorite Cirque du Soleil act was Iris, by far.  Couple the marvelous acts that only Cirque du Soleil provides with the music and feel of Hollywood and it’s a recipe for brilliance! 

  87. I would love to win the tickets!! Will be there at this time, coming all the way from Austria and that would be a BLAST!!!! Many of the Cirque du Soleil acts are awesome, until now I mostly enjoyed mystere…

  88. Please pick me!!  Never been to a Cirque du Soleil show and would just LOOOOVE to attend and be amazed!!  Thank you!!

  89. Have been to 2 Cirque shows and have seen a few of the other dvds but it is definitely something that must be seen live and experienced. :)

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