The clown Mauro has passed, but his spirit is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Cirque Du Soleil Cortero Vancouver 2018 is filled with rich, extravagant memories frolic with the senses. The sound of laughter peals around the stage, visions of joyous tumblers and players fascinate the eyes. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. A festive parade that entertains; the perfect accolade for an artist whose life was dedicated to revelry and making merry.
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. Cirque Du Soleil Cortero Vancouver 2018 run at various times from October 10th to October 14th, 2018 at the Pacific Coliseum.
How it all began – the history of the Cirque du Soleil
“People might think that we set out to reinvent the circus, and then just did it. But things did not happened that way. We were a bunch of crazy people who wanted to do things, and little by little we came to a vision of what the modern circus could be.”
René Dupéré, music composer for 10 Cirque du Soleil shows
In the early 1980s, a troupe of performers founded by Gilles Ste-Croix took to the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village on the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul) – including one Guy Laliberté – juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music, to the delight of locals and visitors.
Born in a celebration
Guy Laliberté saw Quebec’s celebration of the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada as an opportunity to take the troupe on an official province-wide tour in 1984. The show was a striking, dramatic mix of circus arts (without animals) and street performance that featured wild, outrageous costumes, magical lighting, and original music. He dubbed it Cirque du Soleil because, in his own words, “The sun symbolizes youth, energy, and strength.”
The turning point
Cirque du Soleil visited the US for the first time in 1987. The Reinvent Circus wowed Los Angeles Festival audiences and media alike with its unique combination of set design, theater-in-the-round, and audience involvement – both physically and imaginatively – and marked the refinement of the creative process that still drives the creation of every new Cirque du Soleil show. It not only played to astonished sell-out crowds in San Diego and Santa Monica, but also spearheaded Cirque du Soleil’s initial 1990 foray into Europe with performances in London and Paris.
A milestone in the desert
1993’s Mystère became the first permanent Cirque du Soleil show, performed in a Las Vegas theater built to its specifications. Over two decades later, Mystère is still going strong, and led the way for a huge variety of other permanent Las Vegas shows. Cirque du Soleil was here to stay, and in the following years conquered Asia, Europe, and South America with a series of new creations that tour the world in large arenas or under the big top.
Still so much more to imagine
Now in its fourth decade, Cirque du Soleil has expanded in a wide range of creative endeavors ranging from movies to apparel and from boutiques to nightclubs. But the essence of what they do has stayed constant: they invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.
· Pacific Coliseum
· 2901 E Hastings Street
· Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1 Canada
· Wednesday, October 10 – 7:30pm
· Thursday, October 11 – 7:30pm
· Friday, October 12 – 3:30pm
· Friday, October 12 – 7:30pm
· Saturday, October 13 – 3:30pm
· Saturday, October 13 – 7:30pm
· Sunday, October 14 – 1:00pm
· Sunday, October 14 – 5:00pm
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