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Totem's creator, on the roller-skating bride and other characters in the Cirque du Soleil production

totem2.JPGThere's no shortage of interesting characters popping up in the evolutionary Cirque Du Soleil story Totem...all playing a role in the journey of human species from tadpole-like squirming to futuristic flight.

 

There's the Scientist... who steps into a transparent cone and juggles planets and molecules..

 

The Tracker...  who in top hat transforms into a toreador to take on a clown who pollutes...

 

The Crystal Man... a sparkling guy in the sky who does little things like animate turtle's skeletons...

 

And the bride and groom who spin on roller skates on a 2-metre drum...

 

But backstage, there is The Director Of Creation.That man is Neilson Vignola, and he's worked on everything from casting that Crystal Man and scientist to inspecting the fringe on the bride's rollerskates. The show that he's worked so hard on comes to Ottawa on Thursday, to the Big Top next to Canadian Tire Centre.

 

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