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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Big Top’ Rising in South Winnipeg

May 26, 2017 3:40 PM | Entertainment

Cirque du Soleil - KURIOS

The big top is prepped to be raised for Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS on Friday, May 26, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

A giant blue and yellow ‘big top’ began rising in south Winnipeg on Friday.

The circus-like attraction is for the upcoming Cirque du Soleil‘s KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities show.

The big stop stands a whopping 62 feet high and 168 feet in diameter, making way for seating up to 2,600 guests.

Crews will spend the next six days setting it up, installing entrance and artists tents, the box office, administrative offices, and a kitchen and dining area for the cast and crew.

KURIOS by the numbers:

  • 1,200 stakes dug four feet into the ground
  • 85 feet tall support masts (4) for the big top
  • 65 trailers carrying close to 2,000 tons of equipment.
  • 70 technicians
  • 46 artists
  • 8 — Cirque du Soleil has performed in Winnipeg since 2006

ChrisD.ca is also giving away two pairs of tickets to a special dress rehearsal performance of KURIOS on June 1.

KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities is playing June 2 to July 9 at Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.