Big Top rises for upcoming Cirque du Soleil OVO show
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A brand new “Big Top” was established next to Nangang Exhibition Hall yesterday for the upcoming 24-day Cirque du Soleil OVO show that will be officially launched on Nov. 19 and runs through Jan. 5, 2014.
October 27, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
With the help of 80 Cirque du Soleil employees and 100 staff from Taiwan, the 20-meter-tall and 50-meter-wide Big Top was set up to house the 24-day run of Cirque du Soleil's OVO.
Robert Naumann, Cirque du Soleil's company manager, said that the blue and yellow Big Top was raised in Taiwan two years ago, and Cirque du Soleil decided to come back to Taiwan and bring 55 OVO performances as part of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Cirque du Soleil.
“This Big Top is like home to OVO performances, so Cirque du Soleil shipped 87 cargo containers filled with equipment in order to build this mobile castle,” said Naumann.
According to Cirque du Soleil, the Big Top, which covers 4,500 square meters, is supported by four main poles that are 24-meters tall along with 128 supportive poles and 1,200 foundation piles.
“The Big Top, which can fit 2,584 audience members, usually takes eight days to be built and about two days to be removed,” said Naumann. “And having the Big Top for the OVO performance can allow Cirque du Soleil to completely control the environment and present a unique show.”
Naumann said that even though the OVO show has been touring 24 cities since 2009, Cirque du Soleil still tries to present the same show to everyone, but the company also tries to understand the local culture and audiences of the cities that they go to, hoping to put on a show that is special for all audiences.
Gold Media's Chief Operating Officer Charles Lee (李佳諭) said that the amazing OVO performances are based on the efforts of all the hard-working staff of Cirque du Soleil.