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26 May 2013

The Cirque du Soleil blue-and-yellow big top is now up in the Greater Philadelphia Area

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May 26, 2013 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

All-new production TOTEM opens on May 30 at the Camden Waterfront for a limited engagement through June 30


Cirque du Soleil has arrived at the Camden Waterfront in the Greater Philadelphia Area and is in complete set-up mode in preparation for the May 30 opening night of its awe-inspiring touring production TOTEM.


The show’s trademark blue-and-yellow big top was raised earlier today along the Delaware River by a team of more than 60 men and women who worked for several hours to pound pegs, hoist more than 100 support poles, unfurl the canvas, and finally raise the roof of the acrobatic and theatrical experience that is TOTEM. Local dignitaries gave a hand to the Cirque du Soleil team and welcomed them to their new location   


About the big top and the Cirque du Soleil village:


•  The big top seats more than 2,600 people.

•  The entire site set-up takes eight days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, administrative offices and kitchen.

•  The big top stands 66 feet high and is 167 feet in diameter.

•  The four masts stand at 80 feet tall each.

•  550 pegs are required to hold the big top firmly to 48,500 square feet of asphalt.

•  The big top, the VIP Rouge and artistic tents are all climate controlled with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.

•  TOTEM travels via 64 trailers, carrying more than 1,200 tons of equipment.


Cirque du Soleil added an additional week of performances (June 26 – 30, 2013) to the limited engagement of TOTEM at the Camden Waterfront. Tickets are currently available exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 30. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, visit


Tickets for all Philadelphia performances of TOTEM from May 20 to June 23, 2013 are now available online to the general public at



A new home at the Camden Waterfront


The Cirque du Soleil blue-and-yellow big top has been set-up at a new location only five minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Located at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Southern New Jersey, the Camden Waterfront is easily accessible by car, as well as the Riverlink Ferry at Penns Landing, the PATCO High Speed Line, SEPTA, the New Jersey Transit buses, and the RiverLine train from many points in South Jersey.


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