Cirque du Soleil: Corteo!

MONTREAL, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ – Corteo(TM), Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, will premiere in Montreal’s Old Port on April 21. This 17th production from Cirque du Soleil will be joining ten other productions currently in performance around the world.

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.

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.

The cast of Corteo brings together over 50 artists from 14 different countries: Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Italy, Kenya, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Corteo 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.

Daniele Finzi Pasca is the director of this new production, which calls on the talents of 14 different creators, nearly half of whom are working with Cirque du Soleil for the first time. Members of the creative team are:

Guy Laliberté – Guide
Daniele Finzi Pasca – Creator and Director
Line Tremblay – Director of Creation
Jean Rabasse – Set Designer and Decorator
Dominique Lemieux – Costume Designer
Philippe Leduc – Composer and Musical Director
Maria Bonzanigo – Composer and Musical Director
Martin Labrecque – Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans – Lighting Designer
Hugo Gargiulo, Teatro Sunil – Acting Designer
Antonio Vergamini, Teatro Sunil – Acting Designer
Dolores Heredia, Teatro Sunil – Dramaturgical Analyst
Danny Zen – Acrobatic Rigging Designer
Nathalie Gagné – Make-up Designer

After its Montreal run, Corteo’s North American tour will take it to Quebec City and Toronto before the show goes on to the United States.