Cirque du Soleil – Corteo review

As you know, Modern Mix Vancouver recently posted a link to discounted tickets for Cirque Du Soleil Corteo.  Here is a review of the show by a reader who purchased through the MMV link.

By guest-writer Kyle Lee

As a Cirque du Soleil virgin I personally thought it was well worth the money!  Tickets were purchased as my treat to my sister as a farewell-to-college present and I got a sweet 30% discount to the 4pm matinee showing, much thanks to Modern Mix Vancouver. But, of course, the sister-brother bonding time is priceless! (all together now — awwwww).

But enough about that. We got to the blue and yellow striped tents near GM Place 5 minutes before showing and were ushered to our seats, which were dead centre first row of our section and might I add, AMAZING? To be honest the tent isn’t too big and you don’t need to be in the first row to enjoy the show. Think movie theatre — first row involves major straining of the neck.

We asked an usher what the plot of the story was, and he admitted there wasn’t really exactly a plot line per say, but the general idea is that a clown is imagining his own funeral. The atmosphere was very grand and charming, with a lot of juxtaposition in its theme — tragedy, yet amusing; small and big; drama and whimsical. The costumes were all very intricately well-made and beautiful. Surprisingly, the show had an interactive aspect to it and near the start of the show there was a clown walking along the aisle wearing a hat spraying water out, a couple others teasing audience members.

The soundtrack was amazing as well, there was a range of music that definitely added to the intensity of the acrobat riding a unicycle on a wire, or the playfulness of the kids jumping on their beds, or the grace of the acrobat couple flinging themselves from bar to bar and shoulder to shoulder. Speaking of which, the acrobatics left me speechless a lot of the time, or to moments of “Oh god… oh god…don’t you dare do that…” and “You come back down from there, young lady!!” To summarize — beautiful jaw-dropping acrobatics, beautiful stage showing and production, and great value.

Well done, Corteo!


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