Each Cirque du Soleil show at the Royal Albert Hall brings new challenges for our stage technicians. From impossibly high 34 ft trees in Varekai, to a 1,600 lbs ‘Wheel of Death’ in Kooza, the Hall has hosted some impressive Cirque sets!
It takes 86 technicians 8 days to transform this Victorian concert hall for Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, their eighth production at the Royal Albert Hall.
First, the 730 seats in the arena must be removed to fit a new raised floor, 2 metres higher than before.
A scaffolding grid and 25-ft diameter revolving ring weighing 14,600 lbs is constructed on the arena floor before being winched to the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall.
From this scaffolding lighting clusters are hung, and anchor points for flying acrobatic performers. The winch in the centre of the Carousel can lift up to 1,000 lbs at 10 feet per second!
174 branches are attached to the suspended grid and the stage, in total making over 1 mile of branches.
With the stage set, now we just need the performers!