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
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: ||December 13, 2015
Daniele Finzi Pasca