Cirque du Soleil returns to Cincinnati!

Corteo at Cirque du Soleil returns to Cincinnati on May 9 through 12, 2024.

About Corteo

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 Stage

Set Designer Jean Rabasse has divided the Venue and its rotating stage in tow, with each half of the audience facing the other half, so they see not only the performance, but also have a performer’s eye view of the audience. This is a first for Cirque du Soleil.

When it comes to the visuals of the stage, it was a visit to the exhibition “The Great Parade: Portrait of the Artist as Clown” at the national Gallery of Canada that inspired Jean Rabasse to paint the CORTEO Procession on the curtains. His design was influenced by the work of such painters as Willette, Picasso, Tiepolo, Pelez, and Knight.

The Costumes

To create over 260 costumes for Corteo’s cast, Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux set out to accentuate the natural beauty of the artists. She used more than a hundred different fabrics and trims, concentrating on a subtle color palette that includes blues, pinks, fuchsia, and gold with appliquéd spangles and jewels.

Most of the fabrics were dyed, sublimated, and silk screen printed to give them a patina of age while retaining the attributes necessary for high-performance acrobatics.

More about Corteo

Corteo first premiered in Montreal in 2005 and has visited more than 60 cities in 19 different countries as a Big Top show before transforming to an arena show in 2016. More than 9 million people have been enthralled by the world of Corteo.

Don’t miss Corteo in Cincinnati, OH at Heritage bank Center from May 9th through May 12th. Get your tickets to Corteo online at