Cirque du Soleil: Kurios, Big Top Day – Thurs., Aug 21, 2014

Press Release
Event date: Thurs Aug 21 2014
Location: Commissioners St.,Grand Chapiteau, Port Lands

As for the past 30 years, Cirque du Soleil sets up its Big Top with the help of a team of specialized technicians in every city it viists with a touring show. The raising of the Big Top is the first visible sign of the tour’s presence in a city.

Some facts about the Big Top and touring infrastructure

Circue du Soleil has set up its Big Top close to 500 times since 1984.

While the first Big Top could seat 800 people, the current one seats a little over 2,600.

Setup of th Big Top itself (not the whole infrastructure) can take 8 to 10 hours depending on conditions; tear-down requires 4 to 5 hours.

Since 1984, the Cirque du Soleil infrastraucture has traveled over 10 million kilometers all over the world by boat, by train and by truck.

Over the past 30 years, it took 20,000 trucks to haul the touring infrastructure

The cities most visited by Cirque du Soleil sine 1984 are Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo.

The current Big Top:
it is held down by roughly 500 stakes
it can support winds up to 120 km/h
it measures 51 meters in diameter and is supported by four 25 meter steel masts
The cupola is 19 meters above the ground

A typical infrastructure includes:
The Big Top
A rehearsal tent for artists complete with wardrobe, artists’ dressing rooms as well as physiotherapy, massage and first aid services
An entrance tent linked to the Big Top that houses to concession stands and merchandising kiosks
A truck for the on-site box office
Seven trucks that open out to become a kitchen complete with dining area and outdoor patio
Over 20 trucks used for technical, electrical or logistical purposes as well as for public washrooms and shower rooms for the artists

The average lifespan of a Big Top is about 10 years, depending on the conditions of use, such as weather and frequency of setup/teardown.