KOOZA opens Friday, November 12
under the Blue-and-Yellow Grand Chapiteau at Bicentennial Park
17 shows added – now through December 19
The first visible sign of the arrival of Cirque du Soleil and its latest critically acclaim live production KOOZA in the city of Miami, is the raising of the Blue-and-Yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) and the set up of the Cirque du Soleil Village. This event took place at Bicentennial Park this afternoon where a team of 60-plus men and women hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up. KOOZA will premiere on Friday, November 12 for a limited engagement. About the Blue-and Yellow Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:
Tickets for KOOZA and these 17 additional performances are now available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone at at 1 800 450-1480.
Since the creation of Cirque du Soleil in 1984
- The Grand Chapiteau stands 20 meters high, 50 meters in diameter.
- The 4 masts stand at 24 meters tall each.
- 550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 16,722 square meters of asphalt.
- The Grand Chapiteau can accommodate more than 2,500 people.
- The entire site set-up includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices, kitchen and school.
- Just like a village the site is completely self-sufficient for electrical power and relies only on a local water supply and telecommunication facilities to support its infrastructure.
- The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate control with air conditioning in warm season or heating for colder season.
- KOOZA travels city to city via 59 trailers carrying more than 1,709,000 pounds of equipment for the tour.
Some facts on what it represents in Grand Chapiteau raising:
- Cirque du Soleil has set up its Grand Chapiteau all over the world over 430 times since 1984.
- While the first Grand Chapiteau could seat 800 people, the current ones seats around 2,500 guests.
- Since 1984, the Cirque du Soleil infrastructure has traveled over 10, 5 millions kilometers all over the world by plane, by boat, by train and by truck (over 20,000 kilometers for KOOZA only!).
- Over the past 25 years, it took 20,000 trucks to haul the touring infrastructure.
- Cirque du Soleil has used 14 Grands Chapiteaux since 1984, 6 of which are still in use today.
- In 25 years, over 19,816 square meters of canvas have gone into the production of Grands Chapiteaux, excluding all the other tents on the site. Interesting fact about the used canvas, since 2005, some of it has been turned into Grand Chapiteau messenger bag.
Cirque du Soleil Box Office:
As part of the Cirque du Soleil Village, a box office will be set up at the public entrance of the Grand Chapiteau. As of Thursday, November 11 between 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., tickets for KOOZA may be purchased in person.
Please note: the Box office is open 1 1/2 hours prior to show time and is closed on Mondays. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1 800 450-1480 or online at cirquedusoleil.com/kooza.
Performance schedule: Tuesdays to Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. No performances on Mondays. Schedule may change without notice
For downloadable images and additional information, please visit the Cirque du Soleil on-line Press Room at www.cirquedusoleil.com. Scroll down and click on "Press Room" and then click on "KOOZA."
The Conroy Martinez Group