New Cirque du Soleil show comes to San Francisco

November 13, 2013 12:37:14 PM PST
Cirque du Soleil is setting up camp in San Francisco with new questions about the safety of its performers.

Just a few hours ago, workers raised the familiar blue and gold big top a parking lot near AT&T Park. Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil's 32nd production.

Meanwhile, the entertainment company is defending its safety procedures after an acrobat fell while performing on an apparatus called the "wheel of death".

It happened during the Friday night showing of "Zarkana" in Las Vegas. A Cirque du Soleil spokesperson says safety will be a top concern.

"Everywhere we go in the world, we apply the highest standards of security because the health and safety of our employees and artists are our top priority," said Jamie Reilly, the Amaluna company manager.

It took seven minutes for the big top to go up on Monday, but setting up the entire Cirque du Soleil village will take another week. Amaluna opens in San Francisco on Nov. 13.

ABC7 News traffic reporter Leyla Gulen will take you inside the big top to see how performers prepare for the show in a special called "Unlock the Mystery of Cirque du Soleil: Backstage at Amaluna." It will air on ABC7 News on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m.

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