Tears of the Clown


Cirque du Soleil dazzled Columbus audiences with Dralion in 2003 and Varekai in 2005 with colorful and awe-inspiring performances.  Now the inspiration returns May 11th - June 3rd with Corteo taking its place under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Ohio Expo Center.  

Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is defined in this realm as a festive and joyful parade imagined by a single clown.  Audiences follow the story of how he pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, quietly guided by a group of caring and very agile angels.

Described as “juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection,” the show touches on every human emotion, particularly those of a clown.
As with all Cirque du Soleil shows, the circus arts are explored to the extreme, thanks to the creative direction of Daniele Finzi Pasca.  The desire to surprise, delight, move and dazzle the audience remains a huge part of the inspiration behind Corteo, as it blends together the art of aerobatics, acting, comedy and innovative lyrical and instrumental compositions.

With a cast of more than 55 artists from 16 different countries, Corteo claims to redefine springboard, the Korean frame and the tight wire, all while presenting acts as heartwarming as they are innovative.

Visit www.cirquedusolei.com for more information and to purchase tickets.