Corteo enchants arenas
Celebrated Cirque du Soleil production on tour for the first time
For the first time, Cirque du Soleil will be presenting the magic of its acclaimed production “Corteo” in major German and Austrian arenas. The unique, cheeful procession of clowns and acrobats, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, will be coming to Leipzig, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Graz, Stuttgart and Mannheim from the end of October to the end of December 2019. A special highlight is a revolving stage, which divides the audience into two opposite areas, whereby the viewers also experience the performance from the perspective of the artists, a novelty for Cirque du Soleil.
Originally conceived as a tent show, Corteo is considered one of Cirque du Soleil’s outstanding successes with the public. Since its premiere, the show has thrilled more than eight million visitors in 19 countries on four continents. Corteo, which means “pageant” in Italian, refers to a joyous procession, a festive parade that takes place in the imagination of a clown. The show combines the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat. The audience enters an imaginary world of fun and spontaneity in a magical place between heaven and earth.
The clown experiences the end of his time on earth in a carnival-like atmosphere while watching over all compassionate angels. Corteo contrasts the big with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection. This highlights both the strength and fragility of the clown. His wisdom and kindness symbolize the humanity that lives in all of us. The music, alternately lyrical or playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which the illusion teases reality.
The stage concept puts the audience in a theater atmosphere that has not yet been seen in this form at Cirque du Soleil-Arenashows. The curtains inspired by the Eiffel Tower were hand-painted to give the stage a grandiose look. The sets give the whole a poetic setting. In total, Corteo has 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all over the world.
About Cirque du Soleil
Originally created by a group of 20 street artists in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has completely reinvented circus art and has become the world leader in artistic entertainment. Coming from Montreal, the Canadian organization has aroused astonishment and enthusiasm among over 180 million visitors with 42 productions that have been performed in nearly 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil currently employs around 4,000 people, including 1,300 artists and artists from around 50 countries. In 2018 alone, 19 shows were presented worldwide.