Crew members get ready for tonight’s Cirque du Soleil performance, Corteo, at the Save on Foods Memorial Arena. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Crew members get ready for tonight’s Cirque du Soleil performance, Corteo, at the Save on Foods Memorial Arena. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: Backstage as Cirque du Soleil premieres ‘Corteo’ in Victoria

Story of a clown’s dream-like funeral fantasy in the circus world runs Oct. 4-7 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

With the buzz and business backstage at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Thursday, some would say it looked like a circus, and they would be right.

Hundreds of people prepared for the Victoria premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, which runs Oct. 4-7 at the Centre.

That meant that chandeliers had to be hung, trampolines had to be set up, and last minute costume adjustments had to be made.

While the stage itself – aptly nicknamed “patience” – took 12 hours to set up, the rest of the show is designed to run like a well-oiled machine.

Performers rehearsed their aerobatic, juggling and hoop routines, crew members adjusted lights and props, and costume designers made sure all outfits were ready for the stage.

Before showtime begins performers spend hours doing their own makeup, pulling products from a giant tool cabinet.

READ MORE: Five fast facts about Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo

When the first note sounds to signal the start of the show, the audience will watch from two opposite sides of the stage.

Cast members will get from one side to the other using a pulley, as they lie on their backs and are transported by a below-stage conveyor belt – another aptly named contraption called the “stage crosser.”

The 51-person cast will tell the story of Mauro, a contemporary circus clown who imagines what his own funeral might be like.

The show began Thursday, with matinee and evening performances until Corteo closes Oct. 7.

For more information or to purchase tickets you can head to sofmc.com

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Cirque du Soleil

 

Publicist Maxwell Batista shows off some of the costume gear during rehearsal for Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Publicist Maxwell Batista shows off some of the costume gear during rehearsal for Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hoop performer Santé Fortunato rehearses for the Cirque du Soliel show, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hoop performer Santé Fortunato rehearses for the Cirque du Soliel show, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Juggler Johan Juslin rehearses for the Cirque du Soleil performance, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Juggler Johan Juslin rehearses for the Cirque du Soleil performance, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hoop performer Santé Fortunato rehearses for the Cirque du Soliel show, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hoop performer Santé Fortunato rehearses for the Cirque du Soliel show, Corteo. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Just Posted

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria bishop apologizes for church’s role in residential schools

Bishop Gary Gordon voices commitment to healing and reconciliation

Police are asking opponents of logging near Port Renfrew not to involve their children following additional arrests Saturday. (Black Press Media File)
Police arrest eight protesters including two minors near Port Renfrew Saturday

RCMP ask parents not to involve their children in Fairy Creek logging protests

Future grads at Oak Bay High will have greater scholarship opportunities available through the Oak Bay Rotary Club. (Black Press Media file photo)
Private donor quadruples donations to Oak Bay Rotary scholarship funds

The club has awarded more than $25,000 to Oak Bay High students

Elaine Kirwin in her Expedia Cruises office talks about the future of travel. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Sidney travel agency charts course through pandemic

Owner of Expedia Cruises in Sidney expects smooth sailing ahead once travel restrictions lift

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read