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Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO

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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, by turns lyrical and playful, carries 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. 

Subarea:Rockford Downtown

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BMO Harris Bank Center - 300 Elm St., Rockford, IL 61101 - FROM THE NORTH ----- Take I-90 East to Business Route 20 (E. State St.) exit. Exit to the right. Merge onto E. State and go about 7 miles through town. Once across the river, turn left at the second light, Church St. The BMO Harris Bank Center is one block down on your left. Parking is on your right. ----- FROM THE SOUTH ----- Take I-39 to US Route 20 (Freeport-5 Rockford Exits). Follow US Route 20 until the third exit, IL 2 (Main St.). Exit and follow Main St. north until you reach Cedar St. Turn left on Cedar St. and go 2 blocks to Court St. The parking ramp will be 1 block to the right. The BMO Harris Bank Center is just east of the parking ramp. ----- FROM THE WEST ----- Follow US Route 20. (Note: Route 20 splits into W. State St. and Route 20; stay on Route 20). Exit from US Route 20 to IL2 (Main St.). Follow Main St. north until you reach Cedar St. Turn left onto Cedar St. and follow 2 blocks. Turn right on Court St. Parking will be on your right. The BMO Harris Bank Center is across the street, east of the parking ramp. ----- FROM THE EAST ----- Take I-90 East to the Business Route 20 (E. State St.) exit. Exit to the right. Merge onto E. State and go about 7 miles through town. Once across the river, turn left at the second light, Church St. The BMO Harris Bank Center is one block down-the orange building on your left. Parking is on your right.

Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO