Cirque du Soleil's Delirium Flies With W-DMX


Wireless Solutions’ W-DMX distributor SAND Network Systems supplied Cirque Du Soleil´s equipment provider Solotech Location Inc. from Montreal with an extensive W-DMX system for its new touring production Delirium, including 34 BlackBox R-512 Receivers, 11 BlackBox S-1 Transmitters, and 11 BlackBox B-1000 Boosters. Delirium transitions from Cirque’s unique multi-dimensional acrobatic style to a seamless, integrated multimedia experience.

Assistant LD Valy Tremblay was responsible for the wireless system and specified a system that included a large number of custom made RF cables, antenna arrangements, and power options to accommodate this unique project.

The show is a musical and acrobatic presentation of select Cirque Du Soleil songs in an arena format that is quite different from anything seen before. The show is performed with one massive rig, rather than a traditional circus tent. The stage, 130’x20’x50’, intersects the arena and effectively creates an intimate two-sided space that features an impressive line-up of lighting, projection, and motion technology. Like an enormous game of Tetris, each piece of the design requires specific coordination and timing.

Two rail bridges, designed especially for Delirium, are flown above the arena and supports 130,000lbs. of equipment, including 27 motors that permit the characters to "fly." The main character alone requires four motors for his actions in an air balloon, two running at 4’/sec. and the two others at variable speeds. The motors are also extensively used to provide three-axis movement during the show for a large number of lighting and scenic elements.

Twenty 18-wheeled trailers will transport the technical equipment from arena to arena and 14 tour buses will transport the artists and the crew. There are 145 people traveling with the tour, including 75 technicians, 45 artists, and 25 management and artistic support personnel.

Check out Live Design’s full coverage of Delirium in the March issue: ”Past Tents” by Mark A. Newman, pg. 36.

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