Once again I find myself eagerly awaiting Cirque du Soleil Corteo to arrive in Duluth! There is just something about these awe-inspiring shows that completely leave me feeling speechless. I am mesmerized by the talents of these artists. If you have been fortunate enough to attend one of these shows, I am sure you feel the same way.
Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy, and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. 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 music turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
A ladder specialist amazes the audience with his unnerving balance and finesse as he performs on
various ladders, trying desperately to reach the angel who is watching him from above.
Like a live puppet, an artist marionette suddenly appears in an innovative, rigging apparatus to play with Mauro the Dreamer Clown in a setting which evokes a beach scene from his childhood.
Like a gaggle of young kids playing in their grandparents’ room, six artists jump on two 600-pound beds that move on rotating platforms. In a playful atmosphere, they perform acrobatic feats, each more daring than the last.
Four women, the Dead Clown’s former loves, come together in dreamlike joy. They perform aerial acrobatics on three giant chandeliers that spin above Mauro’s bed.
Crystal Glasses and Tibetan Bowls
Implored by Mauro the Dreamer Clown and the Giant Clown as they prepare to perform a haunting melody on crystal glasses, the Loyal Whistler, a whistling virtuoso, showcases his remarkable talent in a breathtaking performance.
Five artists perform solos and group figures on Cyr wheels. The simplicity of the Cyr wheels’ line—a pure circle—sets off the intricate and energetic performance.
In this mesmerizing act, a duet uses aerial straps to create a magical and tender connection that enchants the audience with beautiful displays of agility, balance, and strength.
A tender and poetic moment between Mauro the Dreamer Clown and his little Clowness who bespells the audience with child-like delight.
At the height of a frenzied moment, a gypsy performer emerges, causing everyone to stop. Using her entire body and all her limbs, she dazzles them with her ability to spin and twirl a multitude of hoops.
Three young artists perform fast-moving feats of prowess in a surprising act that blends juggling and acrobatics. With unsurpassed style, they defy the law of gravity as they juggle successively with rings, hoops, and clubs.
Accompanied by the distant sounds of guitar and impassioned vocals, a young ingénue discovers the sheer pleasure of exploring movement and contortion-like shapes while flying above the ground on a suspended pole.
Here for only SEVEN performances, Cirque du Soleil Corteo will visit Duluth at the Infinite Energy Arena from August 29 to September 2, 2018. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents. Advance tickets for Corteo are available now online to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.
Tickets will be available to the public as of May 25 at 10 am at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.
Come and experience the beauty of Cirque du Soleil Corteo. You’ll be amazed by the incredible feats of 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 30, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Friday, August 31, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 1, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
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