Fun facts from Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba

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After seeing La Nouba for the first time over the weekend I feel in love with this stage show. It is funny, exciting, tense, and fun all rolled into one show. Here are some fun facts that I learned about the show on my backstage tour!

  • La Nouba premiered in Orlando on December 23, 1998. It was the third resident show ever created – after Mystère and “O” in Las Vegas.
  • La Nouba celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a special appearance from Disney Pals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • La Nouba comes from the French phrase “faire la nouba,” which means “to party,” or “to live it up.”
  • Since launch, La Nouba has entertained over 9 million guests and has performed almost 8,000 shows.
  • The 1,671-seat theater is the first freestanding permanent structure ever built for Cirque du Soleil. Set Designer Michel Crête of Cirque du Soleil, Michel Aubé of Scéno Plus, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the architects of the Rockwell group of New York collaborated on the overall design of the building.
  • There are 1730 audio cables – if placed end to end they would span 865,000 ft or 164 miles.
  • Over 1200 lighting fixtures are used for each performance of La Nouba.

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  • The La Nouba Stage Managers have said “go” almost 1 million times.
  • The most expensive item sold at the La Nouba Boutique was a bronze Le Titan Sculpture that sold for $12,500.
  • Since launch, the wardrobe department has handled over 21,510,000 costumes and headpieces.
  • Most of the 65 artists performing in La Nouba wear three different costumes per show.
  • 600 rhinestones are hand applied to each of the three Le Cons costumes; 8 costumes are worn each night.
  • Since the launch of the show, La Nouba has used 42,780 balloons in the show.
  • There have been over 2.8 million flips in the PowerTrack act since the show launched.
  • During the PowerTrack act you will see 394 Flips and 62 Twists in seven minutes.
  • One of La Nouba’s trampoline artists has not missed a show since it opened in 1998.
  • There has been 285 miles traveled by the little train used by the imaginary frog in the show – more miles from Orlando to Miami.
  • Six musicians play 22 instruments in the show – live, each night!

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