I love Cirque du Soleil.
The artistry. The athleticism. The bending.
Did I mention the bending?
Seriously, how some of the performers involved with the Canadian company that blends traditional circus elements with modern touches do the things they do with their bodies is beyond me. (OK, if I had to guess, it’s being gifted with DNA you and I do not have AND committing themselves to years of training that you and I also were never prepared to do.)
I’ve seen a few Cirque shows that have come through Northeast Ohio — the most recent being “Ovo” a little more than two years ago at the Wolstein Center — as well as “The Beatles LOVE” (well worth it for a fan of the Fab Four) in Las Vegas.
Naturally, I was excited to see another show is due for Cleveland. Called in a news release from the company “one of the best-loved Cirque du Soleil productions,” “Corteo” will be at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for performances Nov. 15 through 18.
The show premiered in Montreal — where Cirque du Soleil got its start in the mid-1980s — under the Big Top. Since then, the release states, the show has played for more than 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries.
More from the release:
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 cast of “Corteo” consists of more than 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from around the world. The release further states that, for the arena show, brings curtains for the set that were inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
The performance schedule:
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 through 17
- 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17
- 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 18
Mark Meszoros believes that in a former life … he also wasn’t a Cirque du Soleil performer. Those people are insanely talented. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.