CORTEO, one of the best-loved Cirque du Soleil productions, is back on tour and coming to Chattanooga
Lucas Saporiti

Chattanooga – After thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide, CORTEO will embark on a new journey next March as the same enchanting production but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. The show will visit Chattanooga at the McKenzie Arena for a limited run of six performances, from May 10 to 13, 2018.

This unique production directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and has visited 64 cities in 19 countries.

CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carrying CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

The cast of CORTEO includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.

Tickets on pre-sale exclusively to Cirque Club members today General on-sale begins Dec. 8, 2017. Show schedule is Thursday, May 10, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 11, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 13, 2018 – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Advance tickets for CORTEO are available now online to Cirque Club members through Dec. 7. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.

Tickets will be available to the public as of Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. on cirquedusoleil.com/corteo. Tickets start at $35 (subject to change).

About Cirque du Soleil

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in artistic entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with 42 productions that have taken place in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists, from nearly 50 countries. In 2017 alone, 19 shows are being presented simultaneously throughout the world.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, please go to www.cirquedusoleil.com.