Cirque du Soleil has experienced an explosion of popularity in the past 10 years, but the circus troupe has actually been performing for over 30 years. So what is Cirque du Soleil? It’s a company that produces circus shows with a focus on acrobatics. Cirque was started in Montreal by two street performers, and over the years it has grown to be one of the largest touring circuses in the world. There are countless interesting facts about Cirque du Soleil, but this list compiles some truly mind-boggling statistics and behind the scenes details.
If you’ve ever wanted a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Cirque du Soleil, this is the list for you. With more than a dozen Cirque du Soleil shows currently running, there is plenty to learn about the performers and technicians who make every show unique.
They Never Use Animals
Cirque du Soleil has never used animals in its shows, preferring to let their performers’ talents shine. "We do not agree with the way they are trained and I'm not sure the place of an elephant or a tiger is to stand in a cage half of its life and perform all around the world. We will never have animals in our shows," said Pierre Parisien, creative director of Saltimbanco, a Cirque show.
They Make Their Own Costumes
For a touring circus company as large as Cirque du Soleil, it seems pretty reasonable to outsource the construction of their costumes. But Cirque actually has over 300 designers, sewers, and print makers at its Montreal headquarters.
Cirque Has Its Own Radio Frequencies
At Kà, Cirque’s show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they employ people whose sole job is to monitor radio airwaves for interference. “This is crucial to ensure the communication between the stage managers, technicians, and artists is clean and clear. We don’t want a situation where if a net is not at tension or an airbag is not fully inflated, that we can’t communicate with the artist on stage to let them know,” Calum Pearson, Vice President of Resident Shows, told Forbes.
There Are Speakers in Every Seat at Love and One
At the Mirage in Las Vegas, where Cirque custom-built its own theater for The Beatles Love, each of the 2,000 seats has three built-in speakers. The show doesn’t have a live band and only uses Beatles recordings in the sound design, so being immersed in the music is paramount. Michael Jackson One, Cirque's resident show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, also has three speakers in every seat.