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Ottawa: Cirque du Soleil returns to Ottawa with “Corteo” June 28-July 2, 2023

Friday, December 9, 2022

Corteo, Cirque du Soleil’s most enchanting arena production, is back in North America and heading to OTTAWA, set to charm audiences. This one-of-a-kind production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, was performed for the first time in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since its creation, the show has dazzled over 10 million people, in 20 countries on 4 continents. Acclaimed in the Canadian capital under the Big Top in 2008, then in an arena setting in 2018, Corteo, presented by Sun Life Global Investments, is coming back to OTTAWA and will be presented at the CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE for 7 performances only, from JUNE 28 TO JULY 2, 2023.

Corteo, which means cortège in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Combining acrobatic feats, comedy and acting, the show plunges spectators into a theatrical world of fun and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

In a carnival atmosphere, the clown pictures his own funeral taking place, 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 share of humanity within each of us. The music sometimes turns lyrical, sometimes playful, carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

The stage is central in the arena and divides the venue in two with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective to the audience and the performers. A never seen before atmosphere at a Cirque du Soleil arena show. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.


Tickets for Corteo in Ottawa are available online starting on November 14, 2022 at

Performance schedules


Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 7:30pm

Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 7:30pm

Friday, June 30, 2023 at 7:30pm

Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 1pm & 5pm

Sunday, July 2, 2023 at 1pm & 5pm