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5th May '13 1:56:26 PM Sapphirea2
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CirqueDuSoleil's seventeenth show launched in 2005.

"Corteo" is the Italian word for ''cortege'', which means "funeral procession". The story takes place in the deathdream of a turn-of-the-20th-century European circus clown. While this sounds terribly morbid, and the show opens with his mourners gathering round his deathbed, what ensues is extremely warmhearted and uplifting, a celebration of a life on Earth and a joyous homecoming in Heaven. The characters, besides the angels watching over the Dead Clown, are primarily his dear colleagues from the circus; their relationships provide the show's heart.

''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement. The tent tour is spending 2013 in South America.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* {{Balloonacy}}: RealLife example with the "helium dance". The Clowness (a little person) is placed in a harness attached to several giant balloons, and from there drifts over the stage and audience -- who [[Main/AudienceParticipation helps her along on her flight]].
* BilingualBonus: The songs have Spanish or Italian lyrics. Notably, and probably due to the more-realistic-than-usual setting, this is Cirque's first tour in years to completely eschew SpeakingSimlish / SingingSimlish; most of the dialogue is in English.
* CatchPhrase: "I '''am''' calm!" for the Loyal Whistler (the ringmaster).
* CluckingFunny: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who found their rhythmic gymnatics act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens remain.
* CostumePorn: The classical traditional circus outfits. Also counts as GorgeousPeriodDress.
* DyingDream: The premise.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The judicious use of a handful of glitter in the final moments of the duo-straps act.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Three acts invoke this: chandeliers, cyr wheel, and duo-straps.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Teatro Intimo is '''truly''' intimate, because it's '''truly''' small. Many of the character names fit this trope as well.
* GentleGiant: The Giant Clown.
* ManInWhite: The White Clown.
* {{Motifs}}: Circles. The show presents death as a homecoming for the soul in question, and thus a life come full circle.
** The stage, unique to Cirque, is circular instead of the traditional 3/4 thrust design; it's not an in-the-round setup (the side entrances for the performers split the seating into two halves), but it's close enough for symbolic purposes. As a bonus, several of the acts have the stage revolving as they unfold.
** The cyr wheels.
** The adiago duet is performed on and around a large, fixed hoop.
** The jugglers are adept with rings and hoops.
** The tightwire walker uses hoops as part of her routine, as well as a unicycle.
** The Dead Clown is last seen riding a bicycle in the sky.
* NamelessNarrative
* NonIronicClown: Most of the principal characters. A stated goal of this show was to create clowns that would be embraced by audiences, especially children, more familiar with the MonsterClown trope than this.
* OcularGushers: The preshow has several of the Dead Clown's mourners gathering in the tent aisle and wailing their hearts out -- and their "tears" leave those nearby damp.
* PantomimeAnimal: The horses.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: The Teatro Intimo segment.

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CirqueDuSoleil's seventeenth show launched in 2005.

"Corteo" is the Italian word for ''cortege'', which means "funeral procession". The story takes place in the deathdream of a turn-of-the-20th-century European circus clown. While this sounds terribly morbid, and the show opens with his mourners gathering round his deathbed, what ensues is extremely warmhearted and uplifting, a celebration of a life on Earth and a joyous homecoming in Heaven. The characters, besides the angels watching over the Dead Clown, are primarily his dear colleagues from the circus; their relationships provide the show's heart.

''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement. The tent tour is spending 2013 in South America.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* {{Balloonacy}}: RealLife example with the "helium dance". The Clowness (a little person) is placed in a harness attached to several giant balloons, and from there drifts over the stage and audience -- who [[Main/AudienceParticipation helps her along on her flight]].
* BilingualBonus: The songs have Spanish or Italian lyrics. Notably, and probably due to the more-realistic-than-usual setting, this is Cirque's first tour in years to completely eschew SpeakingSimlish / SingingSimlish; most of the dialogue is in English.
* CatchPhrase: "I '''am''' calm!" for the Loyal Whistler (the ringmaster).
* CluckingFunny: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who found their rhythmic gymnatics act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens remain.
* CostumePorn: The classical traditional circus outfits. Also counts as GorgeousPeriodDress.
* DyingDream: The premise.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The judicious use of a handful of glitter in the final moments of the duo-straps act.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Three acts invoke this: chandeliers, cyr wheel, and duo-straps.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Teatro Intimo is '''truly''' intimate, because it's '''truly''' small. Many of the character names fit this trope as well.
* GentleGiant: The Giant Clown.
* ManInWhite: The White Clown.
* {{Motifs}}: Circles. The show presents death as a homecoming for the soul in question, and thus a life come full circle.
** The stage, unique to Cirque, is circular instead of the traditional 3/4 thrust design; it's not an in-the-round setup (the side entrances for the performers split the seating into two halves), but it's close enough for symbolic purposes. As a bonus, several of the acts have the stage revolving as they unfold.
** The cyr wheels.
** The adiago duet is performed on and around a large, fixed hoop.
** The jugglers are adept with rings and hoops.
** The tightwire walker uses hoops as part of her routine, as well as a unicycle.
** The Dead Clown is last seen riding a bicycle in the sky.
* NamelessNarrative
* NonIronicClown: Most of the principal characters. A stated goal of this show was to create clowns that would be embraced by audiences, especially children, more familiar with the MonsterClown trope than this.
* OcularGushers: The preshow has several of the Dead Clown's mourners gathering in the tent aisle and wailing their hearts out -- and their "tears" leave those nearby damp.
* PantomimeAnimal: The horses.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: The Teatro Intimo segment.
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16th Mar '13 6:24:07 AM SeptimusHeap
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* CluckingFunny: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who found their rhythmic gymnatics act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens remain.



* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who found their rhythmic gymnatics act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens remain.
24th Dec '12 11:44:08 AM Sapphirea
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''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008. The tent tour is spending 2012 in Europe.

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''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008. engagement. The tent tour is spending 2012 2013 in Europe.
South America.



* DyingDream
* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who find their act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens still turn up.

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* DyingDream
DyingDream: The premise.
* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: Early in the run, an Act Two segment called "[[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin A Not-So-Serious Act]]" featured performers who find found their rhythmic gymnatics act interrupted by a rain of rubber chickens. The act is gone, but the chickens still turn up.remain.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Teatro Intimo is '''truly''' intimate, because it's '''truly''' small.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Teatro Intimo is '''truly''' intimate, because it's '''truly''' small. Many of the character names fit this trope as well.
24th Nov '12 3:15:37 PM Sapphirea
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* TheShowMustGoWrong: The Teatro Intimo segment.
6th Feb '12 7:08:59 AM SapphireFinale
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* PantomimeAnimal: The horses.
29th Jan '12 3:57:42 PM SapphireFinale
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* CatchPhrase: "I '''am''' calm!" for the Loyal Whistler (the ringmaster).



* CatchPhrase: "I '''am''' calm!" for the Loyal Whistler (the ringmaster).
29th Jan '12 3:57:13 PM SapphireFinale
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* DyingDream
29th Jan '12 10:21:01 AM SapphireFinale
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''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008. The tent tour is spending 2011 in Europe.

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''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008. The tent tour is spending 2011 2012 in Europe.
2nd Jul '11 2:36:46 PM OnceMoreSapphire
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In 2010, this show is touring Japan and Russia; 2011 onwards will be spent touring the rest of Europe. It was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008.

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In 2010, this show is touring Japan and Russia; 2011 onwards will be spent touring the rest of Europe. It ''Corteo'' was filmed for [=TV=] and [=DVD=] in 2005 during the Toronto engagement and became the first Cirque show to receive a Blu-Ray release in 2008.
2008. The tent tour is spending 2011 in Europe.
3rd Mar '11 9:11:15 AM blackcat
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