Cirque Corner  

Bar

Corteo

[ You are here: Grand Chapiteau | Creations | Corteo ]

 

Creations


Corteo


At a Glance

Creative Team
Set & Stage
Music
Personages

Expérience

Opening
Chandeliers
Trampo Beds
Roue Cyr
Little Horses
Tightwire
Golf
Acro Duet
Klezmer Moment
Marionette
Helium Dance
Korean Plank
Paradise
Tibetian Bowls
The Whistler
Duo Adagio
Juggling
Equilibriste
Teatro Intimo
Air Straps Duo
Tournik / Close

Réserve
Diabolo
Foot Juggling

Retiré
Culbuto
Not So Serious...
Air Straps Solo
Handbalancing
Vocal Aerial Silk

Odyssey

Itinéraire
Visuals
Audio/Visual
Features

 


Situated at a strange level between heaven and earth, where
the gods and humans interact through the medium of circus.


Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, combines the craft of the actor with the prowess of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a world of playfulness and spontaneity situated in a mysterious area between Heaven and Earth. Corteo is a grand procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The clown is Everyman, a cunning idiot, a colourful loser who shines a light on all that is difficult and beautiful in life.

In the director's words: "The show will explore the world of dreams; a dimension somewhere between Heaven and Earth. Proportions will live in a different, strange dimension: great and small, tragic and ridiculous, the magic of perfection and the charm of imperfection. (...) The mysticism of this show will transcend through the voice, its beauty through movement, its craziness through rhythm, its sensuality through touch, its mystery through gazes, its passion through dance."

Corteo is inspired by the death and funeral of a clown, and draws on a clown figure from a past long before the existence of circus—a time when clowns were not the stereotypes we know now, but far more complex characters.

The show’s environment takes its inspiration from many architectural sources, especially Chartres cathedral and its labyrinth, which symbolizes the journey of life for Daniele Finzi Pasca. "The labyrinth is a great voyage: To find yourself, you have to lose yourself."

Corteo evokes the full spectrum of emotion and experience: love, friendship, pain, joy, wisdom, beauty, life and even death. Corteo, a timeless revel in which illusion teases reality. It explores the circus arts in a way that is brand new to Cirque du Soleil. Once again, the very limits of acrobatics are challenged as Daniele Finzi Pasca lends his unique touch to Cirque du Soleil's spectacular performances. Corteo redefines the springboard, the Korean frame and the tightwire, and presents acts that are as original as they are innovative. The desire to surprise and move audiences is a big part of the inspiration behind Corteo.

 
Premiere: April 21, 2005
Type: Touring / Bigtop
Finale: Currently Touring
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Director
Daniele Finzi Pasca
Creation
Line Tremblay
Costume Designer
Dominique Lemieux
Composer
Philippe Leduc
Composer
Maria Bonzanigo
Set Designer
Jean Rabasse
  Chorepgrapher
Martin Labrecque
Sound Designer
Jonathan Deans
Make-up Designer
Nathalie Gagné
Acro Equipment
Danny Zen
Acting Designer
Hugo Gargiulo
Acting Designer
Antonio Vergamini
Dramaturgical
Dolores Heredia
 

Audio/Visual



Cirque Corner