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.
"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