Totem star-Esi

TOTEM takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey of the human species under the blue and yellow Big Top located at Atlantic Station through December 30, 2012. The show follows the human evolution from their original amphibian state to our ultimate desire to fly.

The cast of TOTEM comprises 52 artists from 17 countries. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM explores the ties that bind man to other species somewhere between science and legend – his dreams and his infinite potential come together during the show.

Helping to bring the show’s infinite potential to life is lead female singer Esi Acquaah-Harrison.

“TOTEM is not like any other Cirque du Soleil show,” said Esi. “It gives good quality entertainment while leaving you inspired.”
Born in Ghana, Esi started her career in the UK. She auditioned and joined Cirque du Soleil in January 2010.

“As a singer it has been fulfilling as I am able to sing through my vocal range including some notes that I had not tried before TOTEM.” Esi said as a young girl in Ghana, she often dreamed she would sing in front of audiences one day, but the TOTEM production surpasses her wildest dreams.

“I had no idea that I would be on a tour like TOTEM. The most common thing to think of in Ghana was to finish your education with a good degree and take on a profession like, accountancy, law, teaching, [or] medicine.”

“Doing a job that I love to do, which is sing, is one of the best parts about being in TOTEM,” she continued, noting that she tries to enjoy the show in a new way every day.

“As a Christian I believe that God has given me my voice as a gift to share with others. I spend a few minutes before each show, praying for his blessing and, I also pray that those who will see the show will be inspired by my contribution,” she said.

She hopes that her attitude helps make each of her TOTEM performances fresh for audiences as well.

Cirque du Soleil has brought delight to spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM and ticket information, visit

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