Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil

Set design


Evoking a monolithic structure like a train station or airport where people constantly come and go, the minimalist set is dominated by a giant arch. The floor, built from perforated metal tiles, is illuminated from above and below and appears at times metallic, at times incandescent.  Changes in the lighting - contrasts in hues, angles and light beams - can instantly transform the mood of a scene from comedy to tragedy.  The revolving stage reflects an ever-changing, unpredictable world.


  • The arch (also known as the “téléphérique”) is constructed of five all-aluminum rails for an overall length of 120 feet.
  • Each rail of the téléphérique houses two trolleys that run from one end of the structure to the other. One is used to transport performers and acrobatic equipment and the other raises or lowers them to the appropriate height and position for the particular act.
  • The stage floor is made of aluminum decks with a rubber type mat. The rubber is perforated to allow light to surpass from below, thus creating special visual effects. There are more than 200,000 perforations.
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