Joe Putignano

                                                           Joe Putignano descending over the stage as Crystal Man

                                                           Joe Putignano descending over the stage as Crystal Man

Joe Putignano performed in over 1000 shows with Cirque du Soleil's Totem as the "Crystal Man" and "Darwin's Monkey".  He is the original cast member and helped create his role during the creation process at the Cirque du Soleil Headquarters in Montreal, Canada.  Cirque du Soleil's Totem is directed by the world renowned director and actor Robert Lepage, who also directed the Cirque du Soleil show Ka.

Cirque du Soleil did a documentary about Joe Putignano's past as a homeless drug addict, and reveals his process as he wrote his best selling book Acrobaddict.  This documentary can be seen on Hulu TV http://www.hulu.com/watch/584945#i0,p0,d0 or click on the picture.

Cirque du Soleil did a documentary about Joe Putignano's past as a homeless drug addict, and reveals his process as he wrote his best selling book Acrobaddict.  This documentary can be seen on Hulu TV http://www.hulu.com/watch/584945#i0,p0,d0 or click on the picture.

"The opening is wonderful: a spangled man (Joseph David Putignano) descends from the hall's highest point. Mr Silver, as I privately named him, is the show's life spark, and it is glorious to watch him. At first he is curled up, a mercurial foetus; and then, with slow grace, he reorganises his body until one reads him as a hieroglyph, the human form discernible only with effort. What follows is a smooth transition to tribal dancing, elemental drum rolling and a world created with a handful of hoops." The Guardian, London


TOTEM 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.  Learn more about TOTEM here: http://cirk.me/11U6ugX

     Crystal Man symbolizes the evolutionary and spiritual           change within all of us.  

     Crystal Man symbolizes the evolutionary and spiritual           change within all of us.  

                    The cast of Totem during the finale.

                    The cast of Totem during the finale.

                     Joe and Greg in the scientist number.

                     Joe and Greg in the scientist number.

  Joe Putignano as "Darwin's Monkey" in the scientist act.

  Joe Putignano as "Darwin's Monkey" in the scientist act.

               Joe Putignano in the Carapace "High Bar" act.

               Joe Putignano in the Carapace "High Bar" act.

Greg Archer goes behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil Totem. Talks with Crystal Man Joe Putignano about the show themes.
                                                        Joe Putignano doing high bar during the Carapace number.

                                                        Joe Putignano doing high bar during the Carapace number.

Joe Putignano in the  Washington Blade for a featured article about his past and how Cirque du Soleil's influence has helped him stay sober!  

Joe Putignano in the  Washington Blade for a featured article about his past and how Cirque du Soleil's influence has helped him stay sober!  

               Joe Putignano in a featured article about his past as an addict, and how Cirque du Soleil helped me stay sober.

               Joe Putignano in a featured article about his past as an addict, and how Cirque du Soleil helped me stay sober.

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   Joe Putignano on the cover for a featured article about his past as an addict, and how Cirque du Soleil helped him stay    sober.

   Joe Putignano on the cover for a featured article about his past as an addict, and how Cirque du Soleil helped him stay    sober.

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                                      Joe Putignano as the Crystal Man with some of the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Totem

                                      Joe Putignano as the Crystal Man with some of the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Totem