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JUNE 18TH, 2008


Cirque du Soleil's majestic blue and yellow tents have arrived in Vancouver (hurrah!). Herewith, our favourite moments from Corteo:

1. We were hooked from the moment we snapped up a glass of B.C. white wine and were actually able to bring it inside the big tent minus any annoying security guards. Vive Vancouver!

2. Yes there is the elaborate mis-en-scene that we've come to expect from every Cirque show, but what wowed us most was the incredible feats of athleticism and raw energy that channeled the troupe's early years in Old Montreal.

3. The whimsical Latin- and French-inspired music that brings tears to the eyes, makes you giggle and then leaves you humming uncontrollably for days on end.

4. The quirky storyline that weaves the death of a circus clown into a humorous yet sensitive plot that appeals to young and old.

5. The sighs of wonder that flow from grown-ups lips as if they were 2 feet tall again.

6. The beautiful trapeze acts where one rather fit acrobat (read: ripped within an inch of his life) hangs from his lover's ponytail while seducing her airborne.

7. The vivacious little person who floats amongst the crowd, giggling and bouncing on their arms while attached to some six balloons.

8. Enjoying intermission under the stars to the beats of Cirque percussionists. Conga line anyone?

9. The death-defying trapeze acts: a performer climbs a wire on an incline that would kick Grouse's butt.

10. Did we mention you can drink during the show?!

Corteo is on now until July 20, for ticket info click here.

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