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Cirque du Soliel - Corteo: Worth the Trip to Charlotte

Aug 10, 2018 03:13PM ● By Jason Huddle
 By: Jason Huddle

I realize that Cirque du Soliel: Corteo, currently playing the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, is not in Cabarrus County. However, given that they were nice enough to invite me to see the show, I thought it would be the least I could do to let our readers know what I thought.

If you've never attended a "Cirque" show, you can be assured to expect un believable acrobatics, combined with singing, theatrics and music worthy of a Broadway play. This is not your parents' circus.

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 bring the audience in a theatrical atmosphere like

never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.

The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world. It is enjoying a limited run through this Sunday, August 12. You can purchase tickets by clicking HERE.

Photos Courtesy: Cique du Soliel

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