A Really Big Show

January 29, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — The multifaceted Cirque du Soleil show, Delirium, plays Van Andel Arena this week and brings a staggering amount of equipment and people to the building — enough to stage two mega rock concerts at the same time.

Here are some of the show’s highlights by the numbers:

  • Eighteen 18-wheelers will transport the technical equipment to the arena.

  • Eleven tour buses will transport the artists and the crew.

  • One hundred twenty-two people are on the tour, including 36 artists.

  • Fifty-seven members of the road crew are technicians, management and artistic support.

  • Twenty-nine more are truck and bus drivers.

  • Two special rail bridges will be installed in the arena that will support 85,000 pounds of equipment including 27 motors that let the show’s characters “fly.”

  • The stage is 104 feet long and 20 feet deep.

  • Six musicians, 12 dancers, six singers, nine acrobats and three actors will occupy the stage at the same time.

  • The projection space used by the show is 270 square feet, about two IMAX screens.

  • Seven 25-kW and two 16-kW projectors are used during the show.

  • Two state-of-the-art roll-up screens will be suspended from the arena and one tulle screen will be near the stage.

  • Five luminous swings will be used by acrobatic dancers.

Delirium plays the arena from Wednesday through Friday. 

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