Oshawa was taken away into the world of one of Cirque du Soleil’s best-loved productions, Corteo, last night as it kicked off a run of shows until June 24.
Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Mauro the Dreamer Clown is the central character who pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance, juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic, and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection.
Corteo is a stripped-down version of a typical Cirque show. With a captivating story of real drama, and engaging characters, Corteo does a fantastic job at maintaining a visceral connection with the audience.
One of the most memorable acts of the performance was the “helium dance” when an actor floated above the crowd with the help of five gigantic translucent helium balloons and it was thanks to some helpful audience members that she drifted back towards the stage.
Don’t miss your chance to see one of Cirque du Soleil’s most beloved productions when it rolls through Toronto’s Air Canada Centre from December 12-16.