KOOZA: Cirque du Soleil Tent Raising No Easy Feat, In Denver July 5 – Aug 13, 2023

Joe Contreras, LatinLifeDenver

It literally takes a small army to raise the enormous circus tent for the upcoming Kooza Cirque du Soleil production coming to the Ball Arena. More than 100 men and women huffed and puffed lifting the many sections of big top to it’s final position. Most of the workers are hired locally.

Hong Kong has been clamoring for more exciting events, and Cirque du Soleil has delivered with the opening of Kooza. Inspired by the Sanskrit word koza – which means box or treasure – the spectacle is an explosion of bright costumes, energetic acts and lively characters.

A worker takes a deep breath during the heavy lifting of the KOOZA big top tent. Photo by Latin Life Denver Media

Here are a few interesting facts about this amazing circus tent and about the upcoming production:

  • The seating capacity of the Big Top is close to 2,500.
  • The Big Top measures 51 meters in diameter, is supported by four 25-meter steel masts, and as more than 100 poles displayed all around. 
  • The cupola is located at 19 meters above the ground.
  • The light-colored canvas helps counter the effects of the sun hereby reducing energy consumption and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • On average, the site takes seven days to set up and three days to take down. 
  • 70 trailers are needed to travel more than 2,000 tons of equipment from city to city. 
  • The Big Top the artistic tent and the VIP tent are entirely climate controlled. 
The Big Top push for KOOZA explained…..Video by Becky Holden, Biography Media

More about KOOZA:The thrilling, internationally-acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production KOOZA is in Denver!  From July 5 – Aug 13, 2023, audiences are invited under the Big Top in Ball Arena’s parking lot to be swept away in the world of KOOZA packed with whimsical characters, daring acrobatics, mischievous clowns, lavish costuming, colorful sets, and a powerful live score.

Acclaimed the world over since its opening in 2007, KOOZA has mesmerized close to 8M spectators with over 4K performances in 65 cities across 22 countries.A breathtaking return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil, KOOZA pays tribute to traditional circus in all its splendor with audacious acrobatic prowess and bold comedy.

Filled with chills, thrills, laughter and wonder, KOOZA unfolds a non-stop, adrenaline-packed series of edge-of-your-seat surprises. Under the watch of a mysterious trickster with electrifying powers, KOOZA follows the self-discovery adventures of the Innocent who is magically transported to an exotic yet zany kingdom. Undeniably the most audacious Cirque du Soleil touring production, KOOZA takes audiences on a thrilling emotional ride with its nail-biting, mind-boggling acrobatics. Inspired by traditional circus arts from around the globe, the show’s performances display remarkable showmanship, exceptional execution and incredible agility – notably in the High Wire, Teeterboard and Wheel of Death acts. For more information and tickets, visit cirquedusoleil.com/kooza