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Thursday, April 19, 2012

It all started today with the raising of the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Opens Wednesday, April 25 for a limited engagement

San Diego, CA – April 19, 2012 – The first visible sign of the arrival of Cirque du Soleil and its live production TOTEM in San Diego 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 today at Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego where a team of 60-plus men and women have hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up.

About the Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:
• The Grand Chapiteau seats more than 2,600 people.
• The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.
• The Grand Chapiteau stands 19 meters high, 51 meters in diameter.
• The 4 masts stand at 25 meters tall each.
• 550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 4,500 square meters of asphalt.
• The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate control with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.
• TOTEM travels via 65 trailers carrying more than 1,200 pounds of equipment for the tour.

Box office
As part of the Cirque du Soleil village, a box office is located inside the entrance tent through a designated Box office entrance will be opened as of Wednesday, April 25 between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Tickets for TOTEM may be purchased in person. Regular box office hours are from 2 hours prior to show time to 30 minutes after the beginning of the show from Tuesday through Sunday.

Tickets for TOTEM can be purchased at all time online via

Performance schedule
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and dark on Mondays. Visit our website for a detailed show schedule.

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the sponsor of the TOTEM 2012 North American tour: Infiniti, CGI, XEROX, Sun Life Financial and American Express.

Media Contact:
Joice Truban Curry
C3 Communications Inc
(858) 794-6974