If you’ve ever seen La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil show that runs five nights a week at Disney Springs, you know that it’s a fast-paced, high energy performance. Most spectators never get to peek behind the stage at the inner workings of the show, but the photos below will give you a rare glimpse backstage. While the work areas don’t have the glitz and glamour of the public-facing theater, they’re essential for putting together the whole experience.
If you’d like to meet some of the La Nouba performers, jump to the videos in this article.
The Cirque du Soleil performers make their acts look effortless, but there’s a lot of talent and practice that goes into pulling off two flawless shows five nights a week at Disney Springs. The trapeze artists and the other acts practice daily before showtime.
Catwalks criss-cross the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba theater and provide bird’s eye vantage points. Unlike traveling shows or the Cirque du Soleil shows that retrofitted space in Las Vegas, La Nouba takes place in a purpose-built building at Disney Springs.
Best Seats in the House
Although the arrangement of the La Nouba theater means that just about every seat offers a great view of the show, there’s a hidden gem behind the scenes. These seats are used by Cirque du Soleil employees and their family and friends. It’s a privilege that every worker has access to.
The stage looks pretty exciting when La Nouba is in progress, but overhead and behind the scenes are mundane scenes with the office space and equipment that keeps things running smoothly.
There are plenty of large windows looking at the performance areas, but cameras and computer screens allow workers to keep on eye on everything that’s going on and the progress of the show.
Cirque du Soleil has a CAD station and handles all of its own drawings in an unassuming space right behind the stage. Everything CAD-related is done in-house.
La Nouba has a permanent home at Walt Disney World, but Cirque du Soleil has touring shows and other permanent performances in places like Las Vegas. Backstage you’ll find posters from every show.
The La Nouba performers practice on stage, and there’s also a small warm-up/workout area for them behind the scenes. They can stretch here and do some of their moves.
There are plenty of safety precautions to protect the La Nouba performers at Cirque du Soleil. This switch controls the stage lifts manually so that if anything goes wrong, someone can take control.
If you’ve seen the latest version of La Nouba at Disney Springs, you’ll recognize this prop. It’s used very prominently by the Pablos in their pre-show performance.
With so many high flying acts and performers, there are ways to reach people in an emergency. For example, this ladder and stretcher can be used for an aerial rescue if needed.
The La Nouba props don’t look too exciting when you see them stashed away backstage between shows. They look much more mysterious when the lights are down and the show is in full swing.
With all the performers in La Nouba, the costume shop is a very important part of the show. It keeps everyone looking their best when they’re on stage.
Each of the La Nouba acts takes a turn rehearsing on stage before the day’s shows. The only time they get off is Sunday and Monday, when the show is dark.