Around 1,300 artists from 55 nationalities, 400 cities from 60 different countries, 400,000 spectators per year, and more than 400 artisans and specialists are part of Cirque du Soleil, a pioneering circus show in its field. Discover the importance of the costume in this worldwide shows.
Important Show Aspects
All Cirque Du Soleil shows are major worldwide productions that follow a standard of aesthetic and artistic quality. It is rigorous and meticulous planning that is regularly carried out over two years, as it develops the story, characters, scenery, among other logistical and thematic aspects.
The Scenography, music, lighting, and the character’s performance are some of these aspects that give personality to each presentation. However, there is one element that is often overlooked or not given the proper importance but also represents the identity of the Cirque Du Soleil, the costume.
More than 6.5 kilometers of fabric is used in the main workshop of Cirque Du Soleil in Montreal, to create costumes and stages for each show. The textile design team dyes and treats 80% of this fabric using different techniques, such as ink dyeing, screen printing, and painting.
Each costume is hand-made and adapted to the height, weight, and needs of each acrobat. The artists are scanned one by one and given an individual card. Technology plays an essential role in these clothing. A prior investigation is carried out to determine the reaction of certain materials. The fabric reaction is analyzed when it is in contact with water, fire, movements of the artists, and skin. It is worth mentioning that the suits have must be renewed when the circus moves to another city
The search for new ways to give texture to costumes is something the textile design team focused on every day, to create special effects on the stages, pursuing originality. Aviation, plumbing, and even odontology are the main fields on which costume designers based their work.
Cirque Du Soleil costumes are more than work tools. They are part of the show, the main components of the storytelling, and the transmission of feelings. Throughout the years, there will be a greater variety of textures, shapes, colors, and materials. The new technologies will be adapted to new costumes. They will continue to make Cirque Du Soleil one of the icons of the show business.