Behind the Scenes of the Magic of Cirque du Soleil

Stepping into Radio City Music Hall is like stepping back in time, to an age when theaters were designed with art deco and rococo inspiration, but stepping backstage before a Cirque du Soleil performance is a step into an entirely different world.

As a benefit of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, members can participate in SPG Moments, an exclusive opportunity for which they can transfer Starpoints into one-of-a-kind experiences, Glam took an exclusive sneak peek at the inner workings of Zarkana. The opportunity allows members the chance to see exactly what it takes to put on one of the most dramatic theatre events. And between the talented artists, the planning, and the production that goes into each show, it’s purely spectacular.

With 2,000 costume pieces, 22 wigs, and 2 dramatically beautiful couture creations making up the wardrobe, Cirque du Soleil's fashion element could easily serve as its own show. Add to that death defying stunts, beautiful artistic talent, and breathtaking vocal ability, and the show becomes simply legendary.

Perhaps what is most impressive about Cirque du Soleil is the sheer amount of talent and dedication that goes into the show's production. From casting around the world and searching out the latest and greatest talent, to empowering costume designers to create to their heart's content, Cirque knows no boundaries – in both creation and execution. A $20,000 couture dress, a $4,000 handmade hat, and two constructions that are too large to fit in any of the 80 trunks that house the show's set – it's all for the beauty of the Cirque du Soleil magic.