Native Dancers Add Beauty to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’

May 9th, 2013  |  Published in Community, Culture, Education

O’siyo. For those who have seen the previous Cirque du Soleil shows you already know the breathtaking skill and magic of the performers. The new show ‘Totem’, will feature two Native Hoop Dancers, Eric Hernandez, of the Lumbee Tribe, and ShanDien LaRance, of the Hopi. In addition, lead singer and drummer Christian Laveau of the Huron-Wendat  has also joined the show.

Eric Hernandez, Cirque du  Soleil's  for Totem. ICTNM

Eric Hernandez, Cirque du Soleil’s for Totem. ICTNM

Excerpt: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’ Debuts in NYC at Citi Field by ICTMN Staff

“On the 25th anniversary of the first visit of Cirque du Soleil in New York City, the troupe is back in the Big Apple with their acclaimed production Totem. The show, created by visionary international director Robert Lepage, is being staged in the parking lot of Citi Field, home to the New York Mets.

Hernandez, left, and LaRance are the hoop dancers featured in 'Totem'. ICTMNThe engagement will run until May 12, 2013… The international troupe, based in Quebec, Canada, explains Totem as a show that traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, Totem illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Somewhere between science and legend, Totem explores the ties that bind man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

 Eric Hernandez, Cirque du  Soleil's  Totem.


Eric Hernandez, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem.

Of particular interest to Indian country may be the two segments featuring hoop dancing. Eric Hernandez, Lumbee Tribe, is the male hoop dancer; ShanDien LaRance, Hopi, is the female dancer.” Read more…

Christian Laveau, is First Nations Huron-Wendat and lead singer in Totem.

Christian Laveau, is First Nations Huron-Wendat and lead singer in Totem.

Enjoy a short video of ‘Totem’

“My grandfather is one of my idols because he spent his life in the bush and my great-grandfather also was in the territory all his life, protecting and preserving the area and its traditions – hunting, fishing and gathering.  I learned that it’s important to balance the forest.” ~Christian Laveau~ Huron-Wendat 

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