Big Top Fun Facts

August 17, 2016

Did you know that Cirque du Soleil’s mobile village includes the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top), one large entrance tent, artistic tent, box office, kitchen, school, offices, warehouses and more? Completely self-sufficient for electrical power, the site relies only on a local water supply and telecommunication facilities to support its infrastructure.


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The Site

  • The site takes 8 days to set up and 3 days to deconstruct includes the installation of Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge tent, entrance and artistic tents, box office, administrative offices, and a kitchen and dining area for the cast and crew.
  • A total of 61 trucks are needed to transport over 1,200 tons of equipment that the show carries around. A few of these trucks are used during the season as storage spaces, kitchen and workshops.
  • 2-3 generators provide electricity to the Big Top and the entire set-up.
  • The Big Top, the artistic tent and the Tapis Rouge tent are entirely climate controlled.

The Big Top

  • The canvas for the tent and its 11 tunnels weigh approximately 5227.3 kg.
  • The Big Top stands 66 feet high, 167 feet in diameter and is supported by four masts, each 80 feet tall.
  • The Big Top seats more than 2,600 people and requires a team of approximately 80 people to raise it.

The Kitchen

  • The kitchen is the heart of the village – not only does it serve between 200-250 meals per day, six days a week it is also the meeting place for cast and crew alike.