Cirque du Soleil is returning to North America with one of its most popular productions
Making one of its first North American stops in Hartford, CT from December 15th to 18th, 2022 at XL Center
Tickets are available to Cirque Club members and XL Center Cyber Club members as of today.
General on sale starts on July 18, 2022 at 10 AM.
Hartford, CT - July 11, 2022 – Corteo, the most enchanting arena production from Cirque du Soleil is back in North America and heading to Hartford, CT, set to charm audiences for the very first time. Hartford is one of the very first stops on the North American tour which will hit multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since its creation, the show has amazed over 10 million spectators, in 20 countries, on 4 continents. Corteo will be presented at the XL Center for 5 shows only from December 15th to 18th, 2022.
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.
In a Cirque du Soleil first, the stage is central in the arena and divides the venue, with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective not only of the show, but also a performer’s eye view of the audience. An atmosphere like never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.
Tickets for Corteo in Hartford, CT are available online exclusively to Club Cirque members and XL Center Cyber Club members starting today. For free subscriptions, visit clubcirque.com. General on sale starts on July 18th, 2022 at 10 AM at XLCenter.com.
Hartford (Connecticut) – XL Center
Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Friday, December 16th, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 17th, 2022 at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 18th, 2022 at 1 PM
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About Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has redefined how the world views the circus; from small town talent to a household name. Based in Montreal (Qc), the Canadian organization went on to become a global leader in live entertainment with the creation of world-class immersive and iconic experiences, across 6 continents. Cirque du Soleil connects with audiences by being genuine, human and inclusive. Privileged to work with artists from 90 countries to bring their creativity to life on stages around the world, the company aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. Over the years, more than 215 million people have been inspired, in over 70 different countries. For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com.
About XL Center
The XL Center is a 15,000+ seat multipurpose arena located in downtown Hartford, CT, and operated by Spectra Venue Management. The arena is home to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), University of Connecticut Men’s Ice Hockey, and University of Connecticut Men’s & Women’s Basketball. It was built in 1975 and underwent major renovations in 2014. The XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sports, consumer events, and trade shows throughout the season. Learn more at XLCenter.com. Follow the XL Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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