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Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo returns to Dayton

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo returns to Dayton
Past Event - Sunday, November 19, 2023
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Wright State University Nutter Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435 [map it]
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The enchanting production of Cirque du Soleil brings acrobats, musicians, singers and actors together in Dayton for five shows at The Nutter Center this Fall.

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo returns to Dayton

Corteo at the Wright State University Nutter Center Nov 16-19

Cirque du Soleil returns to Dayton 2023

Cirque du Soleil’s North America arena tour of "Corteo," will return to Dayton in 2023 for five shows only this November.  

Corteo, the enchanting Cirque du Soleil’s arena production will return to Dayton at the Wright State University Nutter Center this Fall. Since its creation, the show has amazed over 10 million spectators, in 20 countries, on 4 continents. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005.

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.  


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