Cirque du Soleil is thought for superb acrobatics and unbelievable performers on stage, however the technical gymnastics behind-the-scenes are simply as spectacular.
“Every part is pre-programmed,” defined Craig Value, head of automation for the famend Canadian theatrical firm, throughout a backstage tour of the new Cirque du Soleil show, Volta, which opens Friday night time in the Seattle space.
[Watch the video above for highlights from our tour.]
Cirque du Soleil’s technical workforce beforehand managed their exhibits dwell with a joystick. Now, they use a pc — custom-made for his or her particular wants — to manage winches, hydraulic rams and different tools wanted to make the show doable. (Value mentioned you gained’t be capable of discover this desktop machine anyplace else.)
Automation additionally helps preserve the performers secure.
“Now we have secure edges put in on the lifts, so if somebody will get their foot caught, then every little thing stops,” mentioned Value who has labored with Cirque du Soleil for 9 years.
One theme of the show is expertise, and its threat of isolating folks from one another. Volta contains a character named Waz, who has shiny blue feathers as a substitute of hair. Waz is picked on and outcast as a result of he appears totally different than the grey-clad city-dwellers. With the assist of full of life, colourful characters referred to as the Freespirits, Waz learns to just accept and embrace the qualities that make him distinctive.
You may count on to see the acrobatics and aerial performances for which Cirque du Soleil is legendary, along with ballet, rope skipping, and even a BMX bike park.
Volta opens Sept. 7 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., and runs via Nov. 4. The show will even run in San Francisco from Nov. 15 via Jan. 6. Tickets to Volta will be bought at Cirque du Soleil’s website.