All the World’s a Stage

How does one describe a Cirque du Soleil show to a person who has never seen one? Close your eyes. Imagine a spectacle unfolding before you — acrobats twisting and contorting their bodies into surreal poses, trapeze artists swooping and drifting on delicate wires, and clowns pratfalling and mugging to uproarious effect. Now imagine it all set to the music of angels, with an underlying resonance that tumbles around your mind for days after you’ve seen it. Et voila. South Floridians don’t have to imagine, or book a flight to Vegas or Orlando for such an experience anymore — from November 13 to December 21, Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo will enjoy an engagement under the Grand Chapiteau at Bicentennial Park. The word corteo is Italian for cortege, and this Cirque show unites the joyous and the morbid. A clown imagines his funeral procession as a happy carnival celebrated by somber angels. The audience is transported into a middle space between Heaven and Earth, where spontaneous comedy and gravity-defying acts are the order of the day. The show begins at 8 p.m. Adult admission ranges from $55 to $125.
Dec. 12-21, 8 p.m., 2008