VIDEO: Cirque du Soleil Corteo | BTS

Cirque du Soleil behind the scenes | Image by Josh Carter, The Dallas Express

Get ready to witness the breathtaking artistry and creativity of Cirque du Soleil as they prepare to open their acclaimed show, Corteo.

The Dallas Express traveled to Frisco to go behind the scenes of the production of this one-of-a-kind show from a perspective rarely seen.

The cast’s rigorous training and rehearsals were underway Tuesday at the Comerica Center as they prepare for the show’s premiere on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“There’s a whole creative process. So it starts from scratch pre-[production], way before artists even arrive. They draw and write the whole imagery of what they want the show to be and they hire specific artists to deliver their vision,” said Julie Dionne, who has been with Cirque du Soleil since 1998, speaking to The Dallas Express.

Corteo tells the story of the clown Mauro who envisions his own burial taking place in a carnival-like atmosphere attended by angels.

The show takes viewers on a whimsical journey filled with acrobatics, stunning visuals, and awe-inspiring performances.

From the elaborate costumes and intricate makeup that the performers apply to themselves to the meticulously designed sets and props, eventgoers will gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship and attention to detail that makes Cirque du Soleil productions so extraordinary.

The Dallas Express caught up with longtime performer Fabio Luis Santos, who has been with Cirque du Soleil for 14 years. Since the cast puts on three a day, Santos explained what he does to relax after performing.

“For me, after we finish the show, there’s so much adrenaline involved. We were on stage, so it’s not so easy to calm down, so I just … take off my makeup and try to disconnect from this stage,” said Santos speaking to The Dallas Express.

“Sometimes, I listen to some music going to the hotel and start to disconnect from work. Sometimes, I do open a beer, watch something on TV, talk with the family, my son. I try to take the mind off of the stage, but I know that it takes a little time to calm down,” Santos explained.

Santos performs the last set of the show.

Whether you’re a fan of their previous productions or new to the Cirque du Soleil experience, the upcoming Corteo performances are sure to leave you in awe.

“If you come and see the show and you’re capable of forgetting for two hours all your worries and just be in the moment with us, I think we’ve succeeded at doing what art should do,” said Dionne.

The critically acclaimed production that has captivated audiences will be performed at the Comerica Center from May 17 to May 21.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, click here.

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