December 15

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo@Scotia Bank Arena-Wed.,Dec.12th,2018

By Jesse Read
Watching Cirque Du Soleil Corteo was an experience that I’ll never forget. The amount of art, beauty and music combined with physical abilities that I didn’t even know humans were capable of, was truly breathtaking.

I had the opportunity to go backstage and watch part of the final rehearsal of Corteo and it was an eye opening experience. I learned that before any costume is created for this show, a 3d scan of the performer is taken so they have exact measurements and that each performer is responsible for their own costume make-up. Walking around backstage and watching these performers casually do things like juggle bowling pins or balance atop a ten foot ladder, all while dressed in street clothes really brought home that these really are just people; I feel like that’s something that escapes once they hit the stage, their over the top persona’s and incredible talent turn them into something more than human to the eyes of the viewers.

When I arrived later that night for the show, I laughed at the murmering that I heard in the theatre because I had learned a secret that the crowd hadn’t from my behind the scenes experience. “They’re only using half the arena?” I heard a dozen times, worded slightly differently. Corteo put the stage directly in the middle of the Scotiabank Arena, and it wasn’t until the curtains rose that the secret was revealed. Unbeknown to the fans on my side of the stage, there was another audience on the other side of the arena, as the stage was 360 degrees, a first for Cirque Du Soleil. This really added an extra dimension to the show as well as allowed every seat in the house to be a great one.

The show itself left me in awe. I don’t think there was a single act that came up that didn’t impress, each character had their own very unique skill set and bashful costume. Corteo is about a clown who is dreaming of his own death, all the while being watched over by 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.” is the description on their website and it’s quite accurate. The show mixed a giant man and a woman small enough to be supported by helium balloons.

It mixed some of the most physically demanding tricks I’ve ever seen, which must require exact precision with a horse costume that with two people inside and wide enough stitching you could see them fooling around in there. The show created a magical atmosphere, because you NO IDEA what was going to be around the corner. The show ran you through different sections of the clowns life, from his childhood to the end, and each memory had its own completely new feel and sense of excitement. Each section made the viewer feel something new, as each scene exaggerated a different feeling that all humans have had and although most of these scenes were very over the top, they were all relatable in a different aspect of their story line.

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo was a truly magical experience and I couldn’t recommend it more. The beauty and grace, the larger than life performers, the gravity defying stunts, the music, the laughter, it’s all a perfect harmony. After watching this I can’t wait for another Cirque to hit Toronto.

We would like to thank KWT Global for the invitation to this event.