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Corteo (pronounced core-té-o) is a touring Cirque du Soleil production written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca. Corteo, meaning "cortège" Italian or procession is about a clown who watches his own funeral in a carnival-like atmosphere. It was partly inspired by The Grand Parade: Portrait of the Artist as Clown displayed at the National Gallery at Canada[1] and the movie Clowns by Federico Fellini.[2]

Corteo premiered on April 21st, 2005 in Montreal Quebec, Canada. It's final performance in the Grand Chapiteau was on December 13th, 2015 in Quito, Ecuador. The arena version of the show premiered on March 2, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

Summary[]

Corteo takes place during the funeral of Mauro The Dream Clown. As friends, family, and the circus troupe Mauro was a part of mourns over their loss, Mauro's spirit awakens from his body and he begins to watch his own funeral. The show then transforms into a dream sequence of past memories of Mauro and his life. The finale of Corteo has Mauro bidding farewell to his friends, family, and the troupe as he ascends into the afterlife.

Set and Technical Information[]

The Stage[]

In a first for Cirque du Soleil, the turntable stage of Corteo was divided into two with entrances on both ends of the tent. This allows the audience to experience the show from both sides of the stage. Performers would come on the left and right sides of the stage. The turntable of the stage is 41 ft. long with the track being 120 ft. long.

The center of the stage has the design of a labyrinth which reproduces the size and proportions of one of the floors Chartres Cathedral.

During the research and development phase of developing the stage, roughly 9000 images were use to blend a variety of different styles from Baroque to Modern.

The "Lustres" of the Chandelier performances are decorated with over 4,000 jewels and garlands of reflective acrylic spheres.[3]

The "Patience"[]

The "Patience" is the massive three railed steel structure that is one of the most complex set elements of the show. It suspends 40 ft. above the stage and it is entirely suspended from the ceiling structure of the arena.

The "Patience" is used to transport various scene elements and pieces of acrobatic equipment on and off stage. Each rail on the "Patience" can fit two platform-like carts with a maximum capacity of 500 lbs between all six carts. It's max speed is four feet. per second.[3]

The Curtains[]

The curtains for Corteo are 58 feet wide and almost 40 feet high. Each are suspended on two giant rollers to be raised.They were painted in watercolour and took two weeks to paint each one. The curtains were sewn in Canada and sent to France to be painted.

The curtains for Corteo were majorly inspired by the 1885 painting "Parce Domine - decoration for the cabaret 'Le Chat Noir'" by Adolphe Willette.[4]

Costume Design[]

Corteo's costume designer Dominique Lemieux utilized "matériaux bruts et des matières nobles"[5] (French for "raw and luxury fabrics") accentuate the natural beauty of the artists to create over 260 costumes for Corteo. Dominique had used over 900 different fabrics, using natural fibers such as silks, linens, cottons, and lace. The color palette for the costumes includes blues, pinks, fushias, and gold with appliquéd spangles and jewels.[3] Many of the fabrics were dyed and airbrushed to give an aged feel to them.

The smallest shoe size in the show is a children’s size 3 and the largest is an 18 EEE.[3]

Characters[]

  • Mauro The Dream Clown: Known as "The Dead Clown" during the Grand Chapiteau run, Mauro is the central character of Corteo. His life and memories are explored during the show.
  • The Clowness: The Clowness is an actress. Her professionalism and her strength of character allow her to bear the foolishness of her partners, whom she never fails to charm.[6]
  • The Giant Clown: An amateur Opera singer, he was close friends with Mauro.
  • The Little Clown: A small clown who is in love with The Clowness. The Little Clown is always ready to play tricks on his associates.[6]
  • Mr. Loyal (The Loyal Whisperer): Based on the tradition circus ringmaster, Mr. Loyal evokes an authoritative presence.
  • The White Clown: A Pierrot, The White Clown represents order and appearance. He is the one who opens the door to the magic of the circus for Mauro.[6]
  • The August Clown: The August Clown is the antagonist to The White Clown. Opposite to him, The August Clown always the one messes everything and falling down.
  • The Little Angel: The guide to Mauro's spirit in the afterlife and teaches Mauro how to fly.

Acts[]

Act One

  • Opening
  • Chandeliers
  • Bouncing Beds
  • Cyr Wheel
  • Suspended Pole
  • Artist Marionette
  • Hula Hoops
  • Clown Act: Golf
  • Teeterboard

Act Two

  • Paradis
  • Crystal Glasses and Tibetan Bowls
  • Juggling
  • Acrobatic Ladder
  • Clown Act: Teatro Intimo
  • Aerial Straps Duo
  • Tournik
  • Finale

  • Aerial Straps Solo
  • Diabolo
  • Aerial Silks
  • Vocal Aerial Silks

  • Culbuto (Rehearsal)
  • Not-So-Serious Act (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
  • Tightrope
  • Acro Duet
  • Adagio Duo
  • Foot Juggling
  • Comedy Act: Horses

  • Music[]

    Corteo's original score was composed by Philippe Leduc and Maria Bonzanigo with additional composers Jean-François Côté and Michel A. Smith. Côté and Smith had reworked some of the original pieces. Show director Daniele Finzi Pasca contributed the lyrics to Corteo and are sung in Italian, French, and Spanish.

    Vocalist[]

    Male Baritone[]

    • Paul Bisson
      • From April 2005 (Montréal) to February 2008 (San Diego)
      • From September 2008 to October 2008 (Ottawa)
      • From July 2009 (Osaka) to December 2010 (Moscow)
    • Alain Labrie
      • From February 2008 (San Diego) to September 2008 (Calgary)
      • From November 2008 (Miami) to September 2010 (Tokyo)
      • From May 2012 (Amsterdam) to May 2019 (Hamilton)
    • Kit Goguen
      • From October 2010 (Moscow) to June 2011 (Madrid)
      • From July 2011 (Valencia) to May 2012 (Amsterdam)
    • Mathieu Lavoie
      • From June 2011 to July 2011 (Valencia)
    • David Repullés
      • From July 2019 (Sunrise) to Present

    Female Lead[]

    • Marie-Michelle Faber
      • From April 2005 (Montréal) to June 2007 (Columbus)
      • From January 2008 (San Diego) to September 2008 (Ottawa)
      • From December 2008 (Miami) to May 2011 (Madrid)
    • Estelle Esse
      • From April 2005 (Montréal) to September 2005 (Toronto)
      • From September 2008 (Ottawa) to December 2008 (Miami)
      • From March 2018 (New Orleans) to April 2018 (Knoxville)
    • Denise Stefanie - From May 2007 (Columbus) to December 2007 (Costa Mesa)
    • Sophie Guay - From March 2011 (Vienna) to April 2013 (São Paulo)
    • Émilie Émiroglou - From April 2013 (São Paulo) to December 2015 (Quito)
    • Aurélie Dauphin - From March 2018 (New Orleans) to Present

    Female Background[]

    • Helena Saldanha - From April 2005 (Montréal) to January 2007 (Atlanta)

    For more information on the songs featured in Corteo, please visit Corteo (Soundtrack).

    Filmography[]

    A filmed performance of Corteo was filmed in Canada in 2005 and released on April 11, 2006.[7] It had won an Emmy for "Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special" on September 8th, 2007 at the Creative Arts Ceremony. it was also nominated for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming".[8]

    Touring Schedule[]

    The following color boxes indicate the region of each performance:
      EU  Europe   NA  North America   SA  South and Central America   AP  Asia/Pacific   OC  Oceania   AF  Africa

    Arena Tour

    2018 Schedule

      NA  New Orleans, LA - From March 2 to March 4, 2018
      NA  Houston, TX - From March 8 to Mar 11, 2018
      NA  Milwaukee, WI - From March 29 to April 1, 2018
      NA  Rockford, IL - From March 2 to April 8, 2018
      NA  Columbus, OH - From April 12 to April 15, 2018
      NA  Knoxville, TN - From April 18 to April 22, 2018
      NA  Lexington, KY - From April 27 to Apr 29, 2018
      NA  Cincinnati, OH - From May 3 to May 6, 2018
      NA  Lincoln, NE - From May 17 to May 20, 2018
      NA  Broomfield, CO - From May 24 to May 27, 2018
      NA  Loveland, CO - From May 31 to June 3, 2018
      NA  Oshawa, ON - From June 21 to June 24, 2018
      NA  Ottawa, ON - From June 27 to July 1, 2018
      NA  Kingston, ON - From July 4 to July 8 2018
      NA  St. Catharines, ON - From July 11 to July 15, 2018
      NA  Bridgeport, CT - From July 18 to July 22, 2018
      NA  Nashville, TN - From July 26 to July 29, 2018
      NA  Jacksonville, FL - From August 1 to August 5, 2018
      NA  Charlotte, NC - From August 8 to August 12, 2018
      NA  Louisville, KY - From August 15 to August 19, 2018
      NA  Duluth, GA - From August 29 to September 2, 2018
      NA  Fresno, CA - From September 20 to September 23, 2018
      NA  West Valley City, UT - From September 27 to September 30, 2018
      NA  Victoria, BC - From October 4 to October 7, 2018
      NA  Vancouver, BC - From October 10 to October 14, 2018
      NA  Kelowna, BC - From October 17 to October 21, 2018
      NA  Kamloops, BC - From October 24 to October 28, 2018
      NA  Lethbridge, AB - From October 31 to November 4, 2018
      NA  Minneapolis, MN - From November 8 to November 11, 2018
      NA  Cleveland, OH - From November 15 to November 18 2018
      NA  Quebec, QC - From December 6 to December 9, 2018
      NA  Toronto, ON - From December 12 to December 16 2018
      NA  Montreal, QC - From December 19 to December 30, 2018

    2019 Schedule

      NA  Worcester, MA - From January 3 to January 6, 2019
      NA  Detroit, MI - From January 10 to January 13, 2019
      NA  Pittsburgh, PA - From January 16 to January 20, 2019
      NA  Evansville, IN - From January 23 to January 27, 2019
      NA  Memphis, TN - From January 31 to February 3, 2019
      NA  Raleigh, NC - From February 7 to February 10, 2019
      NA  Bossier City, LA - From February 14 to February 17, 2019
      NA  Cedar Park, TX - From February 20 to February 24, 2019
      NA  Portland, OR - From March 14 to March 17, 2019
      NA  Reno, NV - From March 21 to March 24, 2019
      NA  Inglewood, CA - From March 27 to March 31, 2019
      NA  Tucson, AZ - From April 3 to April 7, 2019
      NA  Rio Rancho, NM - From April 11 to April 14, 2019
      NA  Topeka, KS - From April 18 to April 21, 2019
      NA  St. Louis, MO - From April 24 to April 28, 2019
      NA  Cedar Rapids, IA - From May 1 to May 5, 2019
      NA  Dayton, OH - From May 8 to May 12, 2019
      NA  Windsor, ON - From May 15 to May 19, 2019
      NA  Hamilton, ON - From May 22 to May 26, 2019
      NA  London, ON - From June 13 to June 16, 2019
      NA  Boston, MA - From June 19 to June 30, 2019
      NA  Baltimore, MD - From July 3 to July 7, 2019
      NA  Columbia, SC - From July 10 to July 14, 2019
      NA  Sunrise, FL - From July 24 to August 4, 2019
      NA  San Antonio, TX - From August 8 to August 11, 2019
      NA  Denver, CO - From August 15 to August 22, 2019
      NA  Hershey, PA - From August 28 to September 1, 2019
      EU  Turin, IT - From September 26 to September 29, 2019
      EU  Milan, IT - From October 2 to October 6, 2019
      EU  Bologna, IT - From October 10 to October 13, 2019
      EU  Pesaro, IT - From October 17 to October 20, 2019
      EU  Leipzig, DE - From Oct 23 to October 27, 2019
      EU  Frankfurt, DE - From October 30 to November 3, 2019
      EU  Milan, IT - From October 2 to October 6, 2019
      EU  Nuremberg, DE - From November 6 to November 10, 2019
      EU  Graz, CH - From November 13 to November 17, 2019
      EU  Brussels, BE - From November 21 to November 24, 2019
      EU  Paris, FR - From December 12 to December 15, 2019
      EU  Stuttgart, DE - From December 18 to December 22, 2019
      EU  Mannheim, DE - From December 25 to December 29, 2019

    2020 Schedule

      EU  Lisbon, PT - From January 3 to January 12, 2020
      EU  Granada, ES - From January 15 to January 19, 2020
      EU  Zaragoza, ES - From January 22 to January 26, 2020
      EU  Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES - From January 29 to February 2, 2020
      EU  Santiago de Compostela, ES - From February 5 to February 9, 2020
      EU  Santander, ES - From February 12 to February 16, 2020
      EU  Antwerp, BE - From March 13 to March 22, 2020
      EU  Vienna, AT - From March 25 to March 29, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Montpellier, FR - From April 2 to April 5, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Aix-en-Provence, FR - From April 8 to April 12, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Lille, FR - From Apr 16 to April 19, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Copenhagen, DK - From April 23 to April 26, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Herning, DK - From April 29, 2020 to May 3, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Stockholm, SE - From May 7 to May 10, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Copenhagen, DK - From April 23 to April 26, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Herning, DK - From April 29, 2020 to May 3, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Stockholm, SE - From May 7 to May 10, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Gothenburg, SE - From May 13 to May 17, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Leeds, UK - From June 18 to June 21, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  London, UK - From June 24, 2020 to July 5, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Dublin, IE - From July 8 to July 19, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Palma de Mallorca, ES - From August 7 to August 16, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Nice, FR - From August 20 to August 23, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Trondheim, NO - From September 18 to September 20, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Oslo, NO - From September 25 to September 27, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Helsinki, FI - From October 1 to October 4, 2020, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Turku, FI - From November 18 to November 22, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Vilnius, LT - From November 26 to November 29, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Toulouse, FR - From December 17 to December 20, 2020, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Pamplona, ES - From December 25, 2020 - January 3, 2021 - Cancelled

    Grand Chapiteau Tour (2005 - 2015 Schedule)

    2005 Schedule

      NA  Montreal, QC - From April 21 to June 19 2005 (Show Première)
      NA  Quebec, QC - From June 30 to July 24, 2005
      NA  Toronto, ON - From August 4 to September 11, 2005
      NA  Minneapolis, MN - From September 23 to October 23, 2005
      NA  San Francisco, CA - From November 11, 2015 to January 8, 2006

    2006 Schedule

      NA  San Jose, CA - From January 19 to March 5, 2006
      NA  Phoenix, AZ - From March 16 to April 9, 2006
      NA  New York, NY - From April 25 to July 2, 2006
      NA  Chicago, IL - From July 14 to August 27, 2006
      NA  Boston, MA - From September 8 to October 15, 2006
      NA  Washington, DC - From October 26 to November 26, 2006
      NA  Atlanta, GA - From December 15, 2006 to January 28, 2007

    2007 Schedule

      NA  Dallas, TX - From February 9 to March 11, 2007
      NA  Houston, TX - From March 22 to April 29, 2007
      NA  Columbus, OH - From May 11 to June 10, 2007
      NA  Denver, CO - From June 22 to August 5, 2007
      NA  Los Angeles, CA - From August 23 to October 28, 2007
      NA  Costa Mesa, CA - From November 8 to December 23, 2007

    2008 Schedule

      NA  San Diego, CA - From January 11 to February 17, 2008
      NA  Portland, OR - From March 4 to April 13, 2008
      NA  Seattle, WA - From April 24 to June 1 2008
      NA  Vancouver, BC - From June 12 to July 20, 2008
      NA  Calgary, AB - From July 31 to September 7, 2008
      NA  Ottawa, ON - From September 24 to October 26, 2008
      NA  Miami, FL - From November 13 to December 28, 2008

    2009 Schedule

      AP  Tokyo, JP - From February 4 to May 5, 2009
      AP  Nagoya, JP - From May 21 to July 12, 2009
      AP  Osaka, JP - From July 29 to October 18, 2009
      AP  Tokyo, JP - From November 4 to January 24, 2010

    2010 Schedule

      AP  Fukuoka, JP - From February 11 to April 4, 2010
      AP  Sendai, JP - From April 21 to June 6, 2010
      EU  St Petersburg, RU - From June 26 to August 8, 2010
      EU  Kazan, RU - From Aug 21 to September 26, 2010
      EU  Moscow, RU - From October 9 to December 12, 2010

    2011 Schedule

      EU  Brussels, BE - From January 4 to January 30, 2011
      EU  Vienna, AT - From February 10 to March 20, 2011
      EU  Madrid, ES - From April 2 to June 5, 2011
      EU  Valencia, ES - From June 16 to July 17, 2011
      EU  Alicante, ES - From July 28 to August 28, 2011
      EU  Sevilla, ES - From September 8 to October 16, 2011
      EU  Paris, FR - From November 4, 2011 to January 8, 2012

    2012 Schedule

      EU  Barcelona, ES - From January 20 to March 11, 2012
      EU  Amsterdam, NL - From March 22 to June 3, 2012
      EU  Antwerp, BE - From June 13 to August 5, 2012
      EU  Zurich, CH - From September 1 to October 7, 2012
      EU  Düsseldorf, DE - From October 18 to November 18, 2012
      EU  Berlin, DE - From November 29 to December 20, 2012

    2013 Schedule

      EU  Hamburg, DE - From January 9 to February 10, 2013
      SA  São Paulo, BR - From March 30 to July 21, 2013
      SA  Brasilia, BR - From August 2 to September 8, 2013
      SA  Belo Horizonte, BR - From September 19 to October 27, 2013
      SA  Curitiba, BR - From November 8 to December 15, 2013
      SA  Rio de Janeiro, BR - From December 27, 2013 to February 23, 2014

    2014 Schedule

      SA  Porto Alegre, BR - From March 6 to April 13, 2014
      SA  Córdoba, AR - From May 2 to May 25, 2014
      SA  Buenos Aires, AR - From June 7 to August 3, 2014
      SA  Santiago de Chile, CL - From August 19 to October 5, 2014
      SA  Lima, PE- From October 25 to November 30, 2014

    2015 Schedule

      SA  San José, CR - From January 22 to February 8, 2015
      SA  Bogotá, CO- From March 19 to May 3, 2015
      NA  Mérida, MX - From June 25 to July 12, 2015
      NA  Guadalajara, MX - From July 30 to August 16 2015
      NA  México City, MX - From September 3 to October 11, 2015
      SA  Quito, EC - From November 19 to December 13, 2015 (Final Grand Chapiteau Show)

    Gallery[]

    Promotion

    Performance

    Videos[]

    Trailers

    Behind The Scenes

    References[]

    External Links[]

    Official Website

    Corteo on Facebook

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