If you’ve ever seen Cirque du Soleil, you know it is, without a doubt, as accomplished an acrobatic company as there is. Better yet, what lifts the troupe above and beyond being merely a very impressive showcase of daring physical feats is how it incorporates storytelling and timeless themes into its vision. The international ensemble of 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors is presenting Corteo, in its North American tour, at the Target Center in Minneapolis—an ideal venue for their grand and gorgeous arena-style scope.
Corteo means “cortege” in Italian. It refers to a festive parade. The audience is transported into the psyche of a clown who imagines his own funeral taking place in a carnival setting while angels watch over. Like many classic comedies, it contrasts extreme polarities. In this case, how the clown is both strong and fragile. Visually, the performance echoes Paris’s Eiffel Tower and thematically, it honors the human capacity for kindness and wisdom.
Nov. 8 -11
Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis