Corteo by Cirque du Soleil is a production you do not want to miss

Corteo by Cirque du Soleil

Corteo by Cirque du Soleil

I had the opportunity to check out Corteo by Cirque du Soleil this week and I was completely blown away. When it comes to the art scene, mainly performance arts, my exposure to it is relatively low. But at the same time, I try to keep an open mind to things I’m not that well versed in.

My family was the main driving factor in me going and I thank them for it because I truly loved the show.

But before that, let’s rewind and go over the backstory about Corteo by Cirque du Soleil:

Corteo, the most enchanting arena production from Cirque du Soleil, is back in North America and heading to Wichita, set to charm audiences for the very first time. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since its creation, the show has amazed over 10 million spectators, in 20 countries, on 4 continents.

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.

Cirque du Soleil takes place at Intrust Bank Arena, where performances run through November 12. Tickets, which are still available here, run as low as $49 or even $25 for kids 2-12.

I’m not too well-versed in performance arts although I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil once before along with Blue Man Group in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. For what it’s worth, I loved the Blue Man Group.

Corteo, though, was on a different level.

The music, the athleticism, fearlessness, and pure talent of the entire cast was literally jaw dropping. I found myself clapping like some starstruck fan multiple times throughout the near-two hour performance.

Essentially, every act left me stunned. There was a guy with not just a 6-pack, but a 24-pack for abs, hanging on a rope with sheer strength and swinging away while holding on to someone. It was truly mesmerizing.

There was another gentleman whistling Mozart or something classic and way outside by knowledge base of classical music. A trio of performers juggled what felt like 15 pins. Four men literally tossed performers in the air, caught them and tossed them back.

So many times, I caught myself at the edge of my seat hoping not a single mistake would take place. None did.

Some guy climbed a single ladder with ease. I can’t even climb a regular ladder without worrying about falling.

Another performer, attached to a handful of massive balloons, floated into the crowd.

There was so much going on and I didn’t want it to end. My experience with performance arts is relatively limited, but it doesn’t matter. I was highly entertained and have the itch to see more now.

If you still want to catch Corteo by Cirque du Soleil, you can still get tickets at Intrust Bank Arena’s website.


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