Grandstands, Mechanics, Stages
This under the Big Top Cirque du Soleil production was a return to daredevil acrobatics. This fast paced production features a series of dazzling acts that all defy the laws of gravity and rejoice in pushing the limits of the human body to nearly unimaginable limits.
With Cirque du Soleil, the grandstand must comply with the highly stringent German TÜV codes. The structure must be very sturdy in order to support heavy weights and must be quick and easy to install during the worldwide tour.
If the demands for the grandstand code compliance and load capacities seem stringent, those for the staging and scenery are even more so. The rigging requirements of the acrobatic acts put enormous load capacity requirements on the stage and scenery.
The set designed by Stéphane Roy, features a jewel box multi storied piece known at the “Bataclan”. The Bataclan is revealed from behind a series of veils like some mysterious Eastern dancer and it is adorned in jewels and filigree. The live band is housed on the second storey and many of the acts are presented to the audience from directly below at stage level.