Corteo Archive

  • Geert Chatrou: “I’m a world-class whistler”

    Geert Chatrou: “I’m a world-class whistler”

    I started whistling when I was about four years old. We lived in the Eindhoven area of the Netherlands, and my dad whistled all the time. It was impossible for him to whistle out of tune. We whistled TV theme tunes together – him whistling one note, and me the next. I immediately produced a nice tone. Within a few years, I was better than he was.

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  • Meet Stephane Allard – Corteo Violinist

    Meet Stephane Allard – Corteo Violinist

    As a classically trained musician, Stephane Allard didn’t imagine himself a circus performer — especially not one in clown makeup and full costume — but that is now his life in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo.

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  • David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    The Cirque du Soleil circus troupe — which will return to Charlotte next week, for the first time in five years — has long been known for its gravity-defying acrobatics and daredevil stunts. And as you’re watching, you may wonder (especially knowing that Cirque acrobat Yann Arnaud died following a fall during a March performance of “Volta” in Tampa): Do the performers have any fear? “In some shows where you do the same act and it becomes very routine, you can get complacent,” says competitive gymnast-turned-Cirque performer David Resnick.

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  • Getting From Stage Left To Stage Right (And Back Again)

    Getting From Stage Left To Stage Right (And Back Again)

    Creativity is key for Cirque du Soleil as it transitions tent performances of "Corteo" to large arenas. The old way of going stage left to stage right (and back again) involved running underneath bleachers. That doesn't work in an arena, so Cirque commissioned the building of a machine last year that solves the problem.

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  • A Day in the Life of Corteo’s Fred Umali

    A Day in the Life of Corteo’s Fred Umali

    What do artists do in their free time? What inspires them in their everyday life? How do they start their day, tackle their creative processes, balance work-life, and then unwind – all within 24 hours? Fred Umali is from San Jose, California. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2004 for the general formation of the show Corteo, which premiered in 2005. He has worked on the creation of Corteo and Viva Elvis.

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  • Corteo Returns!

    Corteo Returns!

    It's been a long time coming. First announced way back on July 21, 2016 - Corteo's Arena Remount is now on! In the remount process, from the Big tent to the arena, a completely new stage and acrobatic structure have been fabricated. And new acts have been added with only a small adaptation to the original story line.

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  • Corteo Remounting in Arenas; Tour to Begin in Mid-2017

    Corteo Remounting in Arenas; Tour to Begin in Mid-2017

    Here's a bit of news that we've been sitting on - as advised - for a little while now... Corteo is being remounted as an arena tour! Although not officially announced yet by Cirque du Soleil, the company did list a job posting to begin the process of converting the set/stage of Corteo's Big Top run into the arena format, so, the cat's now out of the bag!

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  • What can this clown do for your business speech?

    What can this clown do for your business speech?

    What does a clown know about giving a business speech? More than you probably think, Jeff Raz says. Raz is a world-class clown who performed the lead role in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo. Now the 58-year-old program director of California-based Stand & Deliver Group shows clients how to use theatrical skills to engage business audiences.

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  • CORTEO Says Goodbye

    CORTEO Says Goodbye

    We are grateful to all those who have joined us in this fantastic journey. Corteo is moved after having received the love and support of more than 8.4 million people around the world, want to thank you and share all our love and joy from half the world.

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