Cirque du Soleil's CORTEO is Pure Magic!

From crazy trampoline stunts, to artists dangling only by their feet above stage, Cirque du Soleil brings their magic to Scotiabank Arena leaving the audience mesmerized and dazzled.

After thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide, CORTEO, one of Cirque du Soleil's most popular touring productions, opened on Wednesday, December 12 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The show, now presented in an arena setting, takes place on a double-sided stage allowing the crowd to watch from both sides. The central stage is divided by a large ornate curtain and the sets are visually stunning. As the crowd settles in, a few performers roam the floor, mingling. Clown costumed musicians prepare to perform. And before it even begins, CORTEO​ transports you to a different time and place.

The show opens with a funeral. As he lies in his death bed, the Dreamer Clown played by Italy's Mauro Mozzani, imagines his funeral as a carnival-like celebration, watched over by angels who soar in and out of the scenes. It begins on an elegant note, with female acrobats performing aerial feats on three large chandeliers. The show then moves onto a series of astonishing segments with artists executing acrobatic stunts on two 600-pound beds, followed by figures on Cyr wheels, contortion-like shapes on a suspended pole, juggling acts, and other signature Cirque du Soleil tricks. Comedy acts such as an attempt to reenact Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" and a little game of golf are integrated along the way, providing some wit and humour between stunts.

A show highlight is "Little Clowness Valentina," who is launched above the audience with the help of giant helium balloons. As she floats and descends, the crowd helps push her back up, making the spectators feel like a part of the show. And especially impressive is Canada's Sante D'Amours Fortunato, who at one point uses her entire body to twirl seven hula hoops, and Ukraine's Slava Pereviazko, who balances on a ladder to present a flower to an angel soaring above. The show culminates with edge-of-your-seat action as artists demonstrate agility and strength attached to aerial straps, and a group of gymnasts fly across horizontal bars, missing each other only by inches.

With imaginative costumes and highly-skilled performers, CORTEO is a sweet, simple story that also packs a lot of action – a must see for parents and kids alike. The cast includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.

CORTEO ​is playing at Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) until Sunday, December 16. Tickets are still available. Find out more at

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