I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of Cirque du Soleil’s show Corteo which will be coming to Toronto from December 12th to the 16th.  It won’t be under the big top this year but instead at the Scotiabank Arena.


Corteo centers around a clown who imagines his own funeral taking place, all the while being watched over by angels.  A magical, dreamlike world is created.  The set design helps to create a heavenly type atmosphere.  Set Designer Jean Rabasse has divided the stage in two, so the audience is divided and faces each other.  This device has never been used in any other Cirque show.

Dominique Lemieux used more than a hundred different fabric and trims on the more than 260 costume pieces.  Fun fact, each angel dress requires 25 meters of fabric which translates to over 500 meters of material which is approximately the length of five football fields.  That is a lot of material.

Corteo seems more story driven than some of the other Cirque shows I have seen.  There were alot of interesting acts including the acrobatic ladder, where the performer balances on various ladders trying to reach an angel flying overhead.  The gorgeous Chandeliers, where four women perform aerials on three giant chandeliers.  The very funny acts, Golf and Helium Dance where the clowns get to show off their delightful comedic chops.  One of my favorite numbers was Teatro Intimo which involves eight characters presenting an unusual version of Romeo and Juliet.

Corteo has been in rotation since 2005 and have visited over 60 cities and has enthralled 8 million people. It was originally a Big Top show but was transformed into an arena show a few years ago.  Some new acts have been added when it was adapted for the arena space.  There are only eight performances so be sure to book your tickets in advance.


Toronto Show Schedule at the Scotiabank Arena (the ACC became the Scotia Bank Arena on July 1, 2018)
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Friday, December 14, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm


About The Author

Nicole Fairbairn

Nicole Fairbairn spent most of her adult life in Vancouver but decided to make Toronto her home four years ago and she’s loving every minute of it. She began writing for fun and it’s turned into a great passion. She’s an avid supporter of the arts and enjoys experiencing the many wonderful cultural events this city has to offer. When she’s not writing, Nicole enjoys reading, ice skating, salsa dancing, travelling and hanging out with her cat. Favourite Place in Toronto: Distillery District with its beautifully restored Victorian buildings, great cafes, stunning galleries, hip boutiques and vibrant theatre scene.

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