Trip to see Taylor!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

This weekend plans for B's Birthday!

This weekend we are celebrating B's Birthday.
We are going to have a wonderful dinner all together.
Then we are all going to see Cirque's Quidam show.
I think the plan after may just be for some Java Martini's at Woodenhead's afterward.

It looks like another interesting Cirque show!

Here's the story from their website.

Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming, going, living in our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the "quidam" that Cirque du Soleil is celebrating.
A young girl fumes; she has already seen everything there is to see, and her world has lost all meaning. Her anger shatters her little world, and she finds herself in the universe of Quidam. She is joined by a joyful companion as well as another character, more mysterious, who will attempt to seduce her with the marvelous, the unsettling, and the terrifying.

I didn't realize all the work that went into setting up their tents and interesting.

The Site

  • The Cirque du Soleil mobile "village" includes the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top), artistic tent, entrance tents, VIP tent, box office, kitchen, school, office trailers, warehouses and more.
  • 180,000 square feet (4.2 Acres or 17,000 square meters) is needed to house the entire site including the tents and trailers.
  • The artistic tent is 1,300 square feet (120 square meters) and houses areas for: wardrobe, warm up and training, physiotherapy and dressing rooms.
  • It takes 11 days for more than 200 workers, including 100 hired locally, to complete a city to city transfer of the infrastructures.
  • It takes 7 days to set up the site and all the infrastructures and it takes 2 days to completely tear it down.
  • This represents at least 11 000 man hours which represents 5.5 years of work if one guy did it alone!
  • An average of 55 tractor trailers are needed to carry more than 2 million pounds of equipment from city to city.
  • Completely self-sufficient for electrical power, the site relies only on a local water supply and telecommunication facilities to support its infrastructure.

The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top)

  • The Grand Chapiteau measures 165 feet (50 meters) in diameter and is supported by four 82-foot-high (25 meters) steel masts.
  • The Grand Chapiteau is comprised of 18 pieces of flame retardant vinyl canvas and is manufactured in Bordeaux, France by Voileries du Sud-Ouest, internationally renowned for their big tops.
  • The climate-controlled Grand Chapiteau seats more than 2,500 people.
  • The Big Top is held down by roughly 400 stakes, 5' (1.5 meters) nails.
  • The cupola is 52 ft (16 meters) above the ground.
  • The Big Top can support winds up to 75 miles/h (120 km/h).
  • A Big Top lifespan is about ten years, depending on the conditions of use (storage, temperature and frequency of setup/tear-down).
  • The Big Top infrastructure costs roughly $1.6 million. This does not include the stands or the other tents.
Here are some pictures from their official website.  I always love the makeup and costumes.  It should be a really fun night.

Looking forward to a weekend with my girls.

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