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Corteo

Cortéo (pronounced [coɹ·ˈtej·o]) is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in North America in 2005. Cortéo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a festive parade imagined by a clown. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 850 KB) author:Cirque du Soleil This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 850 KB) author:Cirque du Soleil This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Clowning” redirects here. ...


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, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.


Corteo is now available on DVD[1] in the USA and Canada

Contents

Creators of the show

  • Guy Laliberté - Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil
  • Daniele Finzi Pasca - Creator and Director
  • Line Tremblay - Director of Creation
  • Roger Hewett - Band Leader
  • Philippe Leduc - Musical Director and Composer
  • Maria Bonzanigo - Musical Director and Composer
  • Jean Rabasse - Set Designer
  • Dominique Lemieux - Costume Designer

Guy Laliberté (born September 2, 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) is the founder and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil. ... Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ...

Tour locations

The Corteo 2007 North American Tour will visit the following cities

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  • Portland, Oregon: March 4, 2008
  • Seattle, Washington: April 24, 2008
  • Vancouver, BC: June 12, 2008
  • Calgary, AL: July 31, 2008
  • Ottawa, ON: September 16, 2008
  • St. Petersburg, FL: October 31, 2008
  • Miami, FL: December12, 2008

Characters

  • The Dead Clown
The Dead Clown is the central character of the story, the one whom this impressive funeral is honouring … but could it all be a dream? As a former member of the troupe that now surrounds him, he dons his old stage costume to perform one final time. What we see in Corteo is truly the Dead Clown’s world, presented as his memories surface. Hence, many of the show’s characters are seen through the Dead Clown’s eyes: friends, lovers, coworkers, indeed, an entire village. The most important symbol for the Dead Clown is the word. It is his voice that guides the audience throughout the show. He is a very charismatic character: by and large, his other physical features hold little intrinsic importance.
December 22, 2006 was Mauro Mozzani's Final Show. Dead Clown is now being played by Jeff Raz
  • The Loyal Whistler
The origins of the Loyal Whistler lie in the classic role of “Mr. Loyal”, the ringleader of traditional circuses. A one-time variety show performer who turned submarine commander, who was then sent for social reintegration after a stint in a military hospital, the Loyal Whistler has retrained in the circus arts (after all, why not?), but without shedding all of his old habits. We feel the soldier and the diva competing inside him, struggling for their turn in the sun. The Loyal Whistler has an outstanding talent: he whistles. His mouth is an instrument in itself.
The Loyal Whistler is now being played by Robert Stemmons.
  • The White Clown
For the White Clown, appearances are what matters most. Like the Loyal Whistler, he is an authority figure … at least, he'd like to be. Of all the colourful characters, he admires only the stars and scorns the others. It is the White Clown who opens the door to the magic of the circus for the Dead Clown.
  • The Clowness
The Clowness is an actress, a veritable grande dame of the stage, who somehow found herself a part of this quirky troupe. Her professionalism and her strength of character allow her to bear the foolishness of her partners, whom she never fails to charm.
  • The Little Clown
A diminutive clown who’s in love with the Clowness, the Little Clown is always ready to play tricks on his compatriots. Impish and lively, he is both an endearing companion and a force to be reckoned with. He readily criticizes the audience. The Little Clown is the trainer for the Small Horses, who next to him, appear very large.
  • The Giant Clown
Although only an amateur opera singer, the Giant imagines himself to be a great artist of worldwide renown. Of all the Dead Clown’s friends, he is undoubtedly the Dead Clown closest friend - they are almost like brothers. The Giant is as gentle and timorous as he is physically imposing. The beauty of the world melts his heart. During the “opera on wheels” scene, when he tries desperately to mount the stage in the tiny theatre, his relationship with the Loyal Whistler – the keeper of order – becomes very tense.

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Acts

  • Opening(Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=hGPNPDW-YTU
  • Chandeliers(Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=qKe2oP8JYNA
Four women, the Dead Clown’s former loves, come together in dreamlike joy. They perform aerial acrobatics on three giant chandeliers that sway and spin above the Dead Clown’s bed.
  • Bouncing Beds (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=-oRNe9Dy7bE
Like a gaggle of young kids playing in their grandparents’ room, six artists jump on two big beds that move on rotating platforms. In a playful atmosphere, they perform acrobatic feats each more daring than the last.
  • Mauro's Flight
  • Cyr Wheel(Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=3qDg9Cr_GJA
Four artists perform solos and group figures on Cyr wheels. The simplicity of the Cyr wheel’s line—a pure circle—sets off the intricate and energetic performance.
  • Little Horses (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=kMm0RaB7TkI
  • Cortege (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=LQEMOeYzSnw
  • Tightrope(Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=BX5rzh2Yfs4
A young woman walks across a wire six metres from the ground, surrounded by angels. By turns in pointe shoes, on a unicycle and barefoot, the artist performs figures with multiple hoops. Then, she takes on the challenge of climbing a diagonal wire, finally disappearing once she’s reached the top.
  • Golf
Like a living jumping jack, a puppet artist seems to drop out of the sky. She plays with the Dead Clown in a scene that is reminiscent of days at the beach.
  • Culbuto
  • Helium Dance, i.e Valentyna's Flight (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=QAJHJT-eKOE
All dressed up in his Sunday best, the Dead Clown delicately holds the Clowness, a dwarf who is tethered to six enormous balloons. The dead clown plays games with her as she bounces off his fingers, the balloons making her fall through the air light as a feather. A hush falls as the angelic Clowness ascends and flies out into the audience, bouncing off the hands of spectators chosen by chance. Her gentle flight is charming and a delight to behold.
  • Teeterboard (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=l9OYEpC3GWI)
Surrounded by two groups of artists lending rhythm to the act with their voices and percussion work, three acrobats redefine teeterboard technique in an act where speed is rivalled only by complexity.
  • Paradise (Watch it!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=p7XE6psJP9c
By superimposing a trampoline-like net and three standing cradle stations placed further apart from one another than ever seen before, a universe is created in which high-flying and bouncing come together, as if it were the most natural thing in the world, in a single breathtaking act.
  • Maelstrom Orchestra
This masterful, tender pas de deux is performed by a duo of little people, using a vertical ring set into a pivoting platform.
Four young artists perform fast-moving feats of prowess in a surprising act that blends juggling and acrobatics. With unsurpassed style, they defy the law of gravity as they juggle successively with rings, hoops and clubs. Jugglers: Dmitry Teslenko, Victor Teslenko, Anatoly Teslenko, Elina Teslenko.
A trio of extraordinarily flexible jugglers perform amazing manoeuvres with a combination of balls and cubes before being surprised by a torrential downpour of...chickens?! In Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston, the downpour of Chickens was following several performers sweeping the floor with long stick brooms.
  • Acrobatic Ladder
A ladder specialist amazes the audience with his unnerving balance and incomparable finesse as he performs on various ladders, trying desperately to reach the angel who is watching him from above.
  • Aerial Straps
Originally performed as a solo Aerial Strap act in rotation by Veronika Teslenko. It is currently an Aerial Straps duo performed by Olesya Shulga and Dmytro Grygorov. Each incarnation of the act had its own musical piece.
  • Magical Flight (a.k.a Bicycle, Vols Magique)
  • Tournik
Eight artists cross paths in an act which marries horizontal bar techniques with circus arts. The artists perform on a central cube-shaped structure, with two additional bars on each side of the cube. The various parts of the structure turn, sometimes all in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions... just to keep everyone on their toes!
  • Finale

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External links

  • Official website
  • Mitch Head & Edi Barata Official site
  • Taras Shevchenko's Official site
  • Robert Stemmons' Official site
  • Official site for the Clown Conservatory, Jeff Raz's school

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Corteo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (216 words)
Corteo is a Cirque Du Soleil touring production that premiered in North America in 2005.
Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown.
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.
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