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 turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
The concept and disposition of the stage creates a theatrical atmosphere never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the hand-painted central curtains give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.
The cast of Corteo includes fifty-one acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.
Tickets on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo or at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., 630-3900.