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03/16/2019

Cirque Du Soleil's Corteo at the Moda Center on 03/14/19 - Show

By BRENT ANGELO // Cirque du Soliel's Corteo about Mauro The Dreamer Clown visits Portland

Cirque Du Soleil’s Corteo first premiered in Montreal in 2005, has visited over 60 cities and been in 19 different countries under its Big Top before the show transformed into its current arena style show in 2016. The show boasts over 3,500 performances and has been seen by more than eight million people. The current arena stage setup is unique in design giving attendees a true theater like atmosphere yet keeping the large arena with an intimate feel to it.

The story of Corteo is about Mauro, The Dreamer Clown, who envisions his funeral in a carnival atmosphere. The show is a collection of moments and memories from his life. He remembers past loves during a well-crafted chandelier acrobatic section for example. Corteo is a show that showcases the talents of its performers. There are moments of sheer suspense, strength and wizardry.

On rare occasion, there were moments like one in “Acrobatic Ladder”, where a slight misstep displayed the real dangers at which these performers face and how they dance right at the edge and return safely.

This group of performers wear many hats. Some like Aurelie Dauphin can be seen doing stunning acrobatics and then she be seen and heard as an angel with a powerful singing voice. Drummer Alexandre Reis was the backbone of the show's rhythm section on drums and was also a joyous clown on stage.

Behind the scenes, one thing is special here...family. The international cast includes eighteen nationalities with many different spoken languages. It was easy to see these people’s connection to each other during rehearsals and backstage. There is respect and love for the other here. 

Cirque Du Soleil has really set the bar high as a company, literally as they continue to give fans shows that are one of a kind and they continue to amaze.  Mauro’s story is truly a celebration of life. 

For more on the behind the scenes photo gallery and including an interview with the show’s drummer, percussionist and actor, Alexandre Reis, you can find the link here. More info on Corteo here.,

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