The circus is in town! A behind-the-scenes preview of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo

The circus is in town! A behind-the-scenes preview of Cirque du Soleil's Corteo

WATCH: Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo will run at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria Thursday to Sunday. April Lawrence got a sneak peak of the show.

Cirque du Soleil Corteo has pulled into Victoria offering seven shows over the next four days.

Corteo is a tribute to the traditional circus. The main character a clown who is dreaming about his own funeral.

“The show is a celebration of life when he sees his friends from all over the world in different circuses coming to see him they show all their amazing skills that they have,” said Cirque du Soleil publicist Maxwell Batista.

The show features 51 performers from 18 different countries with backgrounds ranging from gymnastics to diving to dancing. They play multiple characters throughout the show.

“I’m about eight to 10 years old, wearing pink pajamas, flipping on a bed jumping around, doing pillow fights, throwing a teddy around so it’s pretty much a dream job,” said performer Marie-Christine Menard-Bergeron who used to be a professional diver.

While the audience is mesmerized by the acrobatics on stage, there is another show happening behind the scenes. Dozens of people are sewing and prepping costumes, while others are preparing the massive props.

There is also a hidden zip line system that whips the performers back and forth underneath the stage.

“We hang on to the rope and they drag us to the other side of the stage,” said Menard-Bergeron.

Corteo is one of the biggest touring productions Cirque du Soleil currently has.

Tickets are still available here.


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