CORTEO Is Coming to Columbus, Ohio- June 22nd- June 25th

Corteo is one of Cirque du Soleil’s touring productions that premiered in 2005. The show has been performed in over 80 cities in more than 30 countries, delighting audiences with its whimsical storyline and stunning acrobatic performances.

The word “corteo” means “procession” in Italian, and the show is centered around the story of a clown who dreams of his own funeral procession. The clown, named Mauro, imagines his own funeral as a joyful and festive celebration of his life. The show follows Mauro’s journey as he watches his own funeral procession, interacting with friends, family, and other characters along the way.

The show features a cast of over 50 performers, including acrobats, musicians, singers, and actors. The performers showcase their skills through a series of breathtaking acts, such as aerial straps, juggling, trampoline, and the Cyr wheel.

The stage design of Corteo is also a highlight of the show, with a large circular stage that rotates and transforms into different scenes throughout the performance. The costumes and makeup are also intricately designed to add to the whimsical and dreamlike atmosphere of the show.

Corteo has received critical acclaim for its unique blend of comedy, drama, and acrobatics. The show has been praised for its stunning visuals, imaginative storyline, and the incredible skill and talent of its performers. It is a testament to the creativity and artistry of Cirque du Soleil, and a must-see for anyone who loves the magic of the circus.

Fun facts

Corteo first premiered in Montreal in 2005 and has visited more than 60 cities in 19 different countries as a Big Top show before transforming into an arena show in 2016.

Corteo celebrated its 3,500th performance in 2015 in Bogotá, Colomba.

More than 8 million people have been enthralled by the world of Corteo.

In the remount process, from the Big tent to the arena, new acts have been added to the Corteo show with a small adaptation to the original storyline.

Cast and Crew

The cast is an international one, representing the following 16 nationalities. Performers are from Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States and Uzbekistan.

Although you will generally hear French and English spoken on-site, many other languages are spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and more.

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About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is a world-renowned entertainment company that produces breathtaking shows full of acrobatics, music, and drama. Founded in 1984 in Quebec, Canada, Cirque du Soleil has become a household name, with over 200 million spectators in more than 400 cities around the world.

Cirque du Soleil shows are known for their breathtaking visuals, stunning costumes, and incredible feats of acrobatics. The shows are a blend of circus, theater, and dance, with a unique artistic style that sets them apart from other entertainment productions.

One of Cirque du Soleil’s most popular shows is “Mystère,” which premiered in Las Vegas in 1993. “Mystère” is a celebration of life and the human spirit, featuring a cast of more than 70 performers who showcase their talents through acrobatics, dance, and music. The show has been seen by over 15 million people and continues to dazzle audiences with its mesmerizing performances.

Another popular Cirque du Soleil show is “O,” which premiered in 1998 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “O” is a stunning aquatic production that takes place on a stage filled with water. The show features synchronized swimmers, divers, and acrobats who perform jaw-dropping feats above and below the water. “O” has been seen by over 17 million people and is considered one of Cirque du Soleil’s most impressive productions.

Cirque du Soleil has also produced shows based on popular culture, such as “The Beatles LOVE” and “Michael Jackson ONE.” “The Beatles LOVE” is a tribute to the iconic band, featuring classic songs from their catalog accompanied by stunning visuals and acrobatic performances. “Michael Jackson ONE” is a celebration of the music and legacy of the King of Pop, featuring an electrifying cast of performers who dance, sing, and perform gravity-defying stunts.

In addition to its traditional shows, Cirque du Soleil has also produced several touring productions, including “Corteo” and “Luzia.” “Corteo” is a whimsical show that tells the story of a clown who dreams of his own funeral procession. “Luzia” takes audiences on a journey through Mexico, showcasing the country’s culture and history through acrobatics, music, and dance.

Cirque du Soleil shows are a testament to the power of human creativity and the boundless possibilities of the human body. Each production is a work of art, combining stunning visuals, incredible talent, and an imaginative storyline to create an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.

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