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Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, by the numbers

8.7 million people on five continents that have seen Varekai. 330 ‘Bamboo poles' make up the enchanted forest of Varekai
8.7 million people on five continents that have seen Varekai. 330 ‘Bamboo poles' make up the enchanted forest of Varekai
Edward Main

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

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!