Cirque Du Soleil heading to Smoothie King Center

Cirque Du Soleil heading to Smoothie King Center

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Cirque Du Soleil is heading to the Smoothie King Center next year.

The company's show CORTEO will embark on a new journey in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

The show will visit New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center for a limited run of five performances, from March 2 to 4, 2018.

The production is directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca and premiered in Montreal in April 2005. The show has visited 64 cities in 19 countries.

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.

According to a news release issued by Cirque, the clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, 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 portion of humanity that is within each of us."

The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality, according to the release.

The cast of CORTEO includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.