MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cirque du Soleil is back in South Florida with the visually stunning new production TOTEM.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.

Twin sisters Marissa and Svetlana are part of the show as the Crystal Ladies who emerge from the fiery bowels of the earth to evoke the creation of the world and beauty of minerals. Wearing sparkling costumes, the artists spin squares of glittering material on their hands and feet before coming together to create a dazzling display of coordinated high-speed motion.

During a rehearsal under the big top outside Sun Life Stadium, the women showed CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo it’s all about strength, timing and balance.

Even though these young women are inseparable, they can separate in this act.

“When it comes to choreography and movement, it’s not about being twins, we can fall. We have to practice and practice, said Marissa.

TOTEM is all about the evolutionary progress of species, Cirque du Soleil style.

“What this show is all about is the evolution of mankind. It goes back to the roots. We push ourselves onward and upwards like exploring space for example,’ explained Frances Galbert from TOTEM.

There are 20 shows now in the Cirque du Soleil franchise which all run like a well oiled machine.

In TOTEM, 52 performers hail from 17 countries and every performer does his or her own makeup before each show. A wardrobe department works tirelessly to make sure very costume is perfect.

“All the costumes are handmade for all of the Cirque shows. Every costume is fitted every time, for every show, with all the measurements of every performer to make sure of a perfect fit. This is for safety reasons,” explained Galbert.

Under Cirque Du Soleil’s very recognizable blue and yellow tent, South Florida audiences are set to go on quite the ride.

TOTEM is in South Florida from January 10 through February 24th.

For complete show schedule and ticket information, visit


Lisa Petrillo