Cirque du Soleil returns to the Portland Expo Center in March 2014
Portland, Ore. - The Portland Expo Center announced today that the international performance troupe, Cirque du Soleil, will return to host another limited engagement run – this time for “TOTEM” – next spring.
In April and May 2012, Expo hosted a seven-week run of Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” which drew thousands of patrons from across the region to its awe-inspiring performances under the trademark blue and yellow grand chapiteau.
For “OVO,” several months of preparations were required to ready the site, including the installation of utilities to areas of the campus typically used as parking lots. The logistics to accommodate event transportation and parking needs while also ensuring a seamless coexistence with other events required significant planning and coordination.
“Hosting Cirque du Soleil in 2012 was an exciting challenge that, with the cooperation of our partners, we pulled off without a hitch,” says Matthew Rotchford, Portland Expo Center director. “In preparation, we invested carefully in infrastructure that can be used for future clients and a return run of Cirque, and now those investments are paying off,” he adds.
At the conclusion of the successful run, a first-of-its-kind event for Expo, discussions began in earnest with Cirque du Soleil executives to secure future dates for additional performances.
The addition of Cirque du Soleil to Expo’s client mix is a deliberate effort to diversify the venue’s customer portfolio to strengthen the facility’s long-term financial outlook. The Portland Expo Center is unique among publicly-owned exposition centers across the country in that it does not receive government subsidies or revenue support.
Rotchford says that consumer trade shows at Expo remain extremely popular among customers and continue to be the foundation of facility’s business, “But we are also always searching for new clients to discover what Expo can offer their event.”
He adds, “We present something for everyone and want to build a diversified customer base, for the good of the region’s economy.”
“TOTEM” debuted in 2010 and is the 2013 winner of the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience. It features a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers. Cirque du Soleil describes the show as an “uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects.”
“TOTEM” opens on March 27, 2014 for a limited engagement. Pre-sale tickets are now available online exclusively to Cirque Club members. Membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes invitations. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com.
The Portland Expo Center is the west coast’s largest multi-purpose facility that hosts 100 events and 500,000 people each year. The 52-acre campus boasts five spacious exhibit halls totaling over 333,000 square feet and ten varied meeting rooms. In 2011-2012, the Expo Center generated $41 million in regional spending.
Expo is easily accessed by taking Exit 306B off I-5 or by TriMet light rail MAX yellow line.