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Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, by the numbers

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1 thing is for sure; we all love numbers! Let’s take a numerical journey in2 the world of Varekai, Cirque du Soleil's latest show adapted from tent-to-arena 2 get a fun, behind-the-scenes perspective, just 4 you. For tickets to an upcoming show, visit cirquedusoleil.com/varekai

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Varekai by the numbers:

12 – Years Varekai has been on tour
90 – Cities that Varekai has performed in on 5 continents
8.7 million - People on five continents that have seen Varekai

Troupe:
98 – Members in the touring Varekai troupe; 50 of those are on-stage performers
18 – Nationalities represented in the touring Varekai troupe

Wardrobe:
3-6 - Costume changes made per Varekai artist
2500 – Costume pieces including props, headpieces, shoes, wigs, hats and accessories
180 - Pairs of shoes painted every week, with every pair consisting of at least 3 colors, 25-30 colors used
100 - Colors of thread used for costumes
60 - Loads of laundry done per week using washing and drying machines that take on tour
3000 - Crystals on the Promise character’s costume

Set/effects:
330 – ‘Bamboo poles' make up the enchanted forest of Varekai
1 – Full day to assemble the ‘Bamboo Forest’ when Varekai was a tent show (2002-2013)
2 - Hours to assemble same forest now that Varekai is an arena show
3 -Tanks of helium (50 lbs. each) used per week for performances
18 - Siphoned CO2 tanks (20 lb) and two non-siphoned CO2 tanks (20 lb) used per week for special effects
28 - Wind instruments played by one band member in the show

Traveling:
100 –People it takes to move Varekai from one city to the next
19 – Tractor trailers (18-wheeler) trucks it takes to move the Varekai show; 1.5 strictly wardrobe

Meals:
1400 – Meals cooked and served by Chef Liz Samatis and her team a week including:
50 - Pineapples a week
144 - Quarts of strawberries per week
100 - Pounds of apples a week; the performers sure love their fruits!

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