A Really Big Show
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.