Cirque du Soleil raises its Big Top at Marymoor

It takes 60 people to push more than 100 poles to lift the iconic canvas.

Cirque du Soleil is getting ready for its upcoming stint at Marymoor Park near Redmond.

VOLTA will be the 11th Big Top show at Marymoor, beginning Sept. 7 and running through Nov. 4.

The Cirque du Soleil crew have been working endlessly to have everything prepared for its debut show. The entire set up of the tent and the village takes about six days for a crew of 150-200 people to complete.

For the raising of the iconic Big Top canvas tent, it takes 60 men and women to push more than 100 supporting poles to raise the canvas to its final position. The Big Top is held down by about 500 stakes and measures 51 meters in diameter.

VOLTA is the show with the largest “footprint,” Cirque du Soleil’s publicist Steven Ross said. Unlike previous Cirque du Soleil shows, VOLTA is the first show to incorporate action sports—specifically BMX biking.

“This show is a bit different than our other shows. Since this story incorporates action sports, we had to get creative and find ways to build the set that would support everything. We have hydraulic lifts and everything in place for this great show,” Ross said.

The Big Top seats more than 2,500 people. Despite its large size and design for VOLTA, Ross said it still provides that “classical circus experience.”

“While it may be the largest show we’ve ever done, it’s still in the classic canvas tent that everyone knows and loves. It still gives people that intimate and classical circus experience,” he said.

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