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.
To create over 260 costumes for Corteo’s cast, Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux set out to accentuate the natural beauty of the artists.
- She used more than 900 different fabrics, concentrating on natural fibres such as silks, linens, cottons and lace in a subtle colour palette that includes blues, pinks, fuchsia and gold with appliquéd spangles and jewels.
- Many of the fabrics were dyed and airbrushed to give them a patina of age.
- Every show day, 12 to 16 hours of ironing is needed to prepare the costumes.
- There are 40 angels in Corteo and 4 types of angels: Arc Angels, Little Angels, Grand Angels and Auguste Angels.
- The smallest shoe size in the show is a children’s size 3 and the largest is an 18 EEE.