Preview: Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA Big Top Tent Raising

The Cirque du Soleil tent raising for their newest show VOLTA was nothing short of epic. We were able to stand inside the Big Top while 60-something men and women moved the 100-plus post into place. Check out our videos and more about the show below:

A few facts about the VOLTA Big Top and the Cirque du Soleil village:

  • The Big Top seats more than 2,500 people
  • The entire site set-up takes six days. This includes installation of the Big Top, the entrance tent, the VIP tent and the rehearsal spaces
  • The Big Top is held down by roughly 500 stakes
  • It takes about 60 men and women to raise the more than 100 supporting poles supporting the main tent
  • The Big Top can withstand winds up to 75 mph
  • It measures 167 feet in diameter and is supported by four 82-feet steel masts
  • The cupola is 62 feet above the ground
  • The light-colored canvas helps counter the effects of the sun, thereby reducing energy consumption and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions
  • VOLTA travels via 72 trailer trucks carrying close to 2,000 tons of equipment

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgment of others. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. VOLTA opens in Seattle on September 7th for a limited engagement through November 4th. For more information, click here.

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Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of He founded in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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