Palm Springs, CA
Corteo, one of the most enchanting productions from Cirque du Soleil, is heading to Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs, the newest 11,000-capacity world-class venue in Southern California, set to charm audiences with an alluring storyline, magnificent acrobatic feats, and an atmosphere like never experienced before. 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 will be presented at the Acrisure Arena for 4 shows only from August 31st to September 3rd, 2023.
We are thrilled to come and present one of our amazing shows in Palm Springs for the very first time. We look forward to presenting the Coachella Valley audience the world of Cirque du Soleil and discover Corteo” said Mike Newquist, President of Touring Shows Division at Cirque du Soleil. “Guests of all ages will enjoy the unique story of Mauro the Dreamer Clown against a beautiful backdrop featuring our incredible acrobats.”
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.
In a Cirque du Soleil first, the stage is central in the arena and divides the venue, with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective not only of the show, but also a performer’s eye view of the audience. An 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.
General on-sale began on December 19th at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo