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Corteo

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, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

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Corteo - Acts

  • Adagio Duet

    This masterful, tender pas-de-deux using contortion and hand-balancing is performed by a duo of little people, on a vertical ring set into a pivoting platform.

  • Artist Marionette

    Like a live puppet, an artist marionette suddenly appears in an innovative, rigging apparatus to play with the Dead Clown in a setting which evokes a beach scene from his childhood.

  • Bouncing Beds

    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.

  • Chandeliers

    Four women, the Dead Clown’s former loves, come together in dreamlike joy. They perform aerial acrobatics on three giant chandeliers that spin above the Dead Clown’s bed.

  • Crystal Glasses and Tibetan Bowls

    Implored by the Dead Clown and the Giant 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.

  • Cyr Wheel

    Four artists perform solos and group figures on Cyr wheels. The simplicity of the Cyr wheel’s line—a pure circle—sets off the intricate and energetic performance.

  • Duo-Straps

    In this mesmerizing act, a duet use aerial straps to create a magical and tender connection that enchants the audience with beautiful displays of agility, balance, and strength.

  • Golf

    To the sound of bagpipes, a patch of green light appears, suggesting a golf course scene. The Giant walks on stage, intent on giving it his best shot!

  • Helium Dance

    A tender and poetic moment between the Dead Clown and his Little Clowness that bespells the audience with child-like delight.

  • Juggling

    Four 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.

  • Ladder

    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.

  • Little Horses

    A couple of “pantomime horses”, each inhabited by two artists, give the Small Clown a hard time. By turns, the Little Horse and the Little Mare will try to break free from their trainer’s grip.

  • Paradise

    By superimposing a trampoline-like net and three Korean frame stations placed further apart from one another than ever seen before, a universe is created in which high-flying and bouncing come together, as if it were the most natural thing in the world, in a single breathtaking act.

  • Teatro Intimo

    When eight characters pile into a miniature theatre to present "Romeo and Juliette," confusion upstages them all. Expect the unexpected in this madcap performance.

  • Teeterboard

    Surrounded by two groups of artists lending rhythm to the act with their voices and percussion work, three acrobats redefine teeterboard technique in an act where speed is rivalled only by complexity.

  • Tightwire

    Surrounded by angels six-metres above the ground, a young woman dances across a tight-wire using point shoes, a unicycle, multiple hoops, and her bare feet. Then, she challenges gravity by climbing a 40-degree diagonal tight-wire to disappear into the heavens some 40-feet in the air.

  • Tournik

    Eight artists cross paths in an act which marries horizontal bar techniques with circus arts. The artists perform on a central cube-shaped structure, with two additional bars on each side of the cube. The various parts of the structure turn, sometimes all in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions... just to keep everyone on their toes!