I’ve wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show ever since the late 90s when I saw a clip of one of their Vegas shows. For one reason or another, I never made it to one.
Enter 2022. Cirque du Soleil has been penciled into my calendar since autumn when I first heard Corteo announced on the radio at my physical therapist’s office. That announcement led to excited “post-Covid” conversation about the live shows “we’ve always wanted to see” but hadn’t yet.
As I was contemplating buying tickets, I received a media invitation to the show. Spoiler: I said YES!
They also offered to give away a set of passes to one of my readers for the January 17, 2023 7:30 PM ET Premiere showing of Corteo in Manchester, NH. Read through for details on how to enter!
First off, let me say that I have never liked clowns. I have no idea if I blocked some traumatic memory from my childhood that had to do with clowns. Or if it’s simply because I can’t see their faces or who they really are. Either way, generally not my jam. (Sorry if your hobby or day job is, well, being a clown.)
That being said, I vetted whether or not I wanted to attend this show based on that, and the storyline and the way the clowns appear totally doesn’t creep me out when I imagine sitting through the show. In fact, I’m pretty excited about this storyline because it’s new and different.
Corteo, cortege in Italian, is a processional, especially a funeral processional. The storyline of the show is a festive parade taking place at a carnival for a clown’s funeral, as imagined by Mauro the clown.
Rather than a somber occasion, it’s a celebration of Mauro’s life and memories. The show is said to be full of fun and comedy with contrasts of large and small moments, happy and sad.
*There are standard ticket options and a special discount offer to take the whole family.
Show Details (Logistics)
Location: SNHU Arena – 555 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101
Dates: January 19-22, 2023 (*giveaway is for the January 19, 7:30 PM Premiere Show)
Parking: on-street parking and event parking around the stadium
Looking for a place to eat before the show? This article on things to do in Manchester includes a list of restaurants.