Friday, July 27, 2018

‘Corteo’ Cirque du Soleil will be in JAX for a few days

“Corteo” is the latest and one of the best-loved Cirque du Soleil’s arena productions, will embark on a new journey throughout North America.  The show will visit Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a limited run of seven performances. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005.  Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents.

“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

The concept and disposition of the stage bring the audience in a theatrical 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.  The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.

Corteo’ Cirque du Soleil
Wed. Aug. 1, 2018 TIMES: 7:30 p.m.
    Thurs. Aug. 2       7:30 p.m.
    Fri. Aug. 3        7:30 p.m.
    Sat. Aug. 4      3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
    Sun. Aug. 5       1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

TICKETS: starting at $36.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.Com, or at The Tom Bush Family of Dealerships box office, at Veterans Memorial Arena online, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official partner of the Corteo USA tour: Forsythe, A Sirius Company  Social media: Facebook, Twitter #CORTEO & Instagram #CORTEO

About Cirque du Soleil:
Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in artistic entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with 42 productions that have taken place in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists, from nearly 50 countries. In 2017 alone, 19 shows are being presented simultaneously throughout the world.

SMG Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Their beautiful venues include:
EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Bowl and Monster Jam.  Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville.

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