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Crishana Loritsch is a licensed property manager by day and a budding fashionista 24/7. A fourth generation native Washingtonian, she loves all things DC and credits her upbringing with making her into what she feels is a classic 21st century Renaissance woman.

Her love of the arts, music, fashion and all things girly began at an early age. Family legend has it that she only agreed to walk at the age of 22 months after her uncle promised to buy her a new dress. She walked the very next day and will walk a mile gladly to find the latest beauty and fashion must haves at a fantastic price. Her fondest memories growing up involve shopping with her Mom at Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies to us DC natives) and visiting every museum and art gallery that her legs and her Metro card could carry her. A few of her favorite DC destinations are The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Zoo, and The Phillips Collection. Living in the DC area and being in the property management field can be stressful, so Crishana is always on the lookout to take advantage of every opportunity to invest in her sanity, whether it's taking in a concert, seeing a ballet, or getting a massage and facial.

Crishana also makes sure to give back to her industry and local community. She co-chairs the Outreach Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Association Institute (WMCCAI) and also serves on its Editorial Committee as one of its featured writers of their publication, Quorum magazine. She was honored as the WMCCAI 2011 Volunteer of the Year as well as being named one of its 2011 Rising Stars. Additionally, she participates in 5K/10K races all over the Washington DC metro area which benefit such charitable organizations at Ringing In Hope, Habitat for Humanity Loudoun County, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and The American Red Cross.

Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM At National Harbor

Cirque du Soleil returns to the metropolitan Washington area with TOTEM, its latest production, for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Plateau at National Harbor. Written and directed by Robert Lepage,”TOTEM” is Mr. Lepage’s second Cirque du Soleil show and marks the 10th time a national Cirque show has come to the Washington, DC area since 1988.

(Photo Credit: cirquedusoleil.com)

The word “totem” contains the idea of the order of species and it’s with this in mind that “TOTEM” tells the story of mankind’s fascinating evolutionary journey. Francis Jalbert, publicist for Cirque du Soleil said, “TOTEM is an interactive and visually impressive expression of the human experience. Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and in complete awe and amazed by the 52 human beings that bring this show to life.” The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

(Photo Credit: cirquedusoleil.com)

“There is something for everyone in this show. This show is filled with hope and amusement, live music and dance, gymnastics, and lavish costumes. Theater fans, gymnastics enthusiasts and music lovers from age 7 to 77 will enjoy this show,” said Jalbert. The show seats 2,600 audience members and is staged in the round, complete with surround sound and careful attention paid to every detail, creating an “intimate” experience for the spectator.

Mr. Jalbert, who has been on tour full time with the show since February 2012, likens the tour and its performers to an “artistic version of the United Nations.” With 52 performers representing 19 countries, it is referred to as a “Village on Wheels.” There are over 120 touring employees and 50 family members who travel with the show and it makes for a very energetic and dynamic living experience. There are a total of 23 children traveling with the tour ranging in age from six-months to 17-years-old.  Currently the youngest tour member is 6-months-old and the eldest is 61, which is amazing!

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

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English is the official language of the tour but Mr. Jalbert says that you will often hear over 11 languages being spoken on the tour including French, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Portuguese. This traveling “United Nations” also has a touring kitchen and an on-site school with three full time teachers to teach the minor performers. The tour is truly a thriving, miniature society on wheels.

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

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“TOTEM” is an absolute must-see as it explores through visually arresting acrobatic and aerial performance the relationship between Man and other species and how this relationship causes him to pursue his dreams and strive to meet his fullest potential.

WHEN: August 15, 2012-October 7, 2012

WHERE:
Grand Chapiteau at The Plateau at National Harbor
156 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill MD 20745

TICKETS: Can be purchased online or at the Cirque du Soleil Box Office at National Harbor.

For more information about TOTEM and Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com

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